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What can I do with a Major in Art and Art History?

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Description of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History offers to the student, regardless of experience or major, the opportunity to develop a ‘sensitivity’ to visual language through studio work and the study of the history of art. The department requires a balanced program in studio and art history that may be augmented to suit students’ particular interests and needs.

The offerings in the history of art are designed to help the student develop the skills of analytical thinking about art; to understand the processes by which art is made, the ideas guiding its production, and the patterns of its consumption within both its historical and subsequent contexts; to develop visual literacy through the recognition of various languages of world art; and to respond critically to their ideological implications. Specialized topics in the history of art may be undertaken by means of directed inquiries.

Studio courses are designed to train students in the conception and production of art; to master fundamental skills necessary for the successful execution of work in various media (including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and architectural design); and to investigate, through studio practice, processes, themes, and materials in light of their historical and contemporary connotations.

Graduates in art often pursue careers in teaching, research, gallery management, museum curatorship, architecture, advertising, and studio art. By choosing the appropriate area of concentration, art majors may gain the skills and background necessary for entry into graduate or professional school, or into an art-related field immediately upon graduation. (Rhodes’ Department of Art Website)

Possible Job Titles of Art/Art History Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Animator
Admissions Counselor*
Appraiser
Art Critic
Art Educator
Art Restorer
Art Therapist
Archivist
Artist
Assistant Art Director*
Assistant Director of Community Education*
Assistant to the Curator*
Auction Administrator*
Auxiliary*
Biographer
Calligrapher
Cataloging Associate*
Ceramic Artist
Cinematographer
Columnist
Computer Education Specialist*
Corporate Event Coordinator*
Critic
Curator
Development Associate*
Display/Set Designer
Draftsman/Researcher
Editor
Educator
Engraver
Executive Assistant* 
Exhibit/Display Designer*
Graphic Artist
Graphic Designer*
Help Desk Specialist
Interior Designer
Jeweler
Jewelry Designer
Journalist
Librarian
Muralist
Plant/Flower Designer*
Profile Designer*
Program Assistant*
Project Manager
Public Relations Representative
Publisher
Self-Employed/Owner
Social Worker
Storyboard Artist Apprentice*
Studio Artist
Teacher*
Technician   
TV Director
Volunteer Coordinator
Webmaster
Writer

Possible Employers Who Might Hire Art/Art History Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Advertising Agencies*
Archives
Art Galleries
Art Publications
Auction Houses
Bookstores
Broadcasting Companies
Businesses and Corporations
Carlson Marketing Group*
Chambers of Commerce
Civil Service Commission
Colleges and Universities*
Community Dev. Agencies
Copper Penny*
Consumer Affairs Office
Cowden Art Conservation*
Education Departments
Government Agencies
Graceland*
Historical Societies
Human Service Agencies
Insurance Companies
Justice Department
Legislatures
Libraries
Library of Congress
Magazines & Newspapers
Memphis Arts Council*
Memphis College of Art*
Museums
National Archives
National Gallery of Art*
Non-profit foundations
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Dev.*
Private Employers
Mercury Advertising*
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort*
Production Companies
Professional/Trade Associations
Graphic Arts Association*
Public Relation Firms
Publishing Companies
Radio and Television Stations
Retail Stores*
Rhodes College*
School Systems*
Social Service Agencies
Sotheby’s*
Sun Valley Center for Arts*
Travel and Tour Agencies
Watkins College of Art*
Williamson Haizlip, Inc.*

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with Art/Art History Majors

  • Communicates ideas and emotions creatively
  • Time management & Problem Solving Skills
  • Possesses proficiency for accurate detail
  • Possesses aptitude for spatial relationships
  • Recognizes differences in shapes, shading and color
  • Communication skills
  • Makes critical observations and appropriate decisions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time

Top Career Services Resources for Art/Art History Majors

  • Careers for Color Connoisseurs and Other Visual Types by Jan Goldberg
  • Career Solutions for Creative People by Dr. Ronda Orment
  • Careers in Art by Joseph A. Gatto

Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with Art/Art History

Career Services
901-843-3800
rhodes.edu/careerservices 

Department of Art
901-843-3833
rhodes.edu/art

Additional Resources/Contacts for Art/Art History Majors

College Art Association
The American Society For Aesthetics
Art Search
Art Daily
Arts and Humanities
American Art Therapy Association
American Association of Museums
Global Museum