Art & Art History

Careers in Art and Art History

Our best students have competed for the most competitive M.F.A. programs in studio art, Ph.D. programs in art history, or M. Arch. programs in architecture, and our art and art history students are prepared for a wide variety of other types of graduate or professional training.

Very often the most important career choice a liberal arts student will make is yet ahead: the shift in field from what they took as an undergraduate to what they will take in graduate school or in their choice of careers.

Read about alumni accolades and alumni stories in studio art, art history, and architecture/design.

In addition to careers as practicing artists, students majoring and minoring in studio art can also enter a wide variety of careers or advanced education relating to design, teaching, consultation, business, commercial art, jewelry design, computer graphics, movie/television production, etc. The digital arts also prepares students for artistic practice in the computer industry, graphic design, and other commercial venues. When combining majors and minors in other disciplines, studio art students have entered fields requiring a dual expertise, such as art therapy (psychology and art); art conservation (chemistry and art); medical illustration (biology and art); film (art and music, theatre, computer science), and graphic design (art and communications).



Students in art history find that their training in research, writing, and broad historical knowledge serves them well for a wide variety of fields, such as gallery, museum, consulting, individual entrepreneurship in design related businesses. Careers in gallery or museum work usually require a major in art history. A minor in art history and a major in any other humanistic discipline, such as history of language and literature, English, philosophy, religion, etc. is also an effective preparation for application to a masters program in art history.



Most students in the architecture studies minor go to three year Master of Architecture programs in architecture or design, but others have gone into contract archaeology, their own furniture design business, construction, display design, community development, art history etc. Any number of majors can complement a minor in architectural studies which gives our students the flexibility to meet the ever changing career opportunities of a global community.

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
    howet@southwestern.edu

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