A collection of thoughts and media that console or destroy or transform or are me | Indiana University - Bloomington, class of 2017
The evening’s the best part of the day. You’ve done your day’s work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it.
Anonymous asked: also what kind of job did/do you get with a bachelors in art history? sorry for the possibly boring questions.. I wanna go to school for this when i graduate in a year and a half!
I remember, just before I left for University, I worked in a toyshop. A new manager who just been employed, he was a graduate with a degree in business, he asked me, ‘I don’t mean to be rude, but what do you actually do with a degree in art history?’ and I was not sure what to say apart from ‘gallery work..?’ But now that I have the degree, I know exactly what it means. And I also smile to myself about this annoying guy with a degree in business working as an assistant manager at a toyshop, whilst I got a job as a general manager within a large company.
It really depends on what you interested in outside of the degree, it is very much like studying literature or history in that the degree itself can lead to many things if your life around it goes in a certain direction.
Most often a degree in art history is associated with museums and art gallery work, but to be a head curator you would usually always need a masters or PhD (even if you had a lot of experience, it is a world where degrees and academia counts very highly!) So most art history students that want straight-forward art gallery work become university academics.
There are also areas such as conversation which are more practical areas of art history, which are usually studied during a specialized masters degree.
Art History teaches strong visual analysis and written skills, which in the wider world can be applied to many, many areas, such as marketing/advertising, journalism and publishing. A close friend of mine, who did her degree with me, has gone on to work as a graduate buyer for fashion retail.
My own story is down to what I did outside of my degree. I love film and so I also ran the student cinema and so I now run a cinema in a film studio. Though my degree itself actually helped, not only because screening films is almost like a type of art exhibition, but because my manager, who is a director at the company, is also an art history graduate. You will find that a lot of people who have been to university at places like Oxford and Cambridge will know of or have experience in art history, and so it is regarded highly, which is important as these are often the people in charge of large organizations.
Basically, your degree is what you make it.
Art History is not that different to any other subject in the humanities department, such as Philosophy, History and Literature. In fact it encompasses most of what History and Philosophy teach, but also offers a more creative outlet in the visual necessity of the subject.