Art History BA
Department of Art and Design
Iterim Program Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo; 973-655-4442
- Art History BA: The Big Picture
- The Art Historian
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For more than 35,000 years – from the Stone Age to the present day – artists have made images to express themselves. The history of art is as varied as it is profound.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Arts, Art History Concentration enables majors to acquire a solid grounding in the methods and techniques of research, interpretation, and writing applicable to the art, artists, and cultures of the past 35,000 years. You will learn how to prepare scholarly research papers and exhibition catalog entries, write and submit essays and articles for publication, and incorporate slides, PowerPoint, and video into oral presentations about art.
Art historians study art, architecture and the whole world of visual expression. They enjoy writing about what they see, studying diverse cultures, and learning new languages. They are comfortable in libraries and with archival materials. They are passionate in their search for answers to questions about the artists who made a work, the time and culture in which a work was produced, the sources of inspiration behind a work, and its impact on the subsequent works of other artists.
Because art historians study virtually everything made by man -- from traditional forms of art like painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic arts to culturally diverse folk, religious, and ceremonial objects -- they are well versed in such related fields as philosophy, religion, literature, archeology, engineering, and history. Art historians explore how artifacts are used in religious, political and cultural contexts; examine our cultural criteria for beauty; and research the ways art impacts and reflects popular culture, economics, and science.
As an Art History major, you will explore the art historical movements, genres, and works of artists who have impacted the course of art making throughout the ages.
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You will study with an outstanding faculty and guest artists who are prominent scholars, curators, and critics. You will have access to the more than 28 full-time faculty members and 90 visiting professionals who mentor the Department of Art and Design each semester.
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Successful art historians combine their passion for art, architecture, and artifacts with research expertise. Our art history graduates find rewarding work in museums, art galleries, cultural institutions, publishing companies, and schools, colleges, and universities. Many Montclair State graduates continue their studies at the graduate level.
Sample career titles include:
- Art Appraiser
- Art Critic
- Art Dealer
- Art Journalist/Editor (books, magazines, and newspapers)
- Art Lawyer – requires an additional degree in law
- Art Registrar
- Curator of Corporate or Private Collections
- Gallery Director
- Gallery Assistant
- Museum Curator (most positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D.)
- Museum Manager (many positions require a master’s degree or Ph.D.)
- Auction House Professional
- Art History Professor (requires a Ph.D.)
- Art Consultant/Advisor
- Lecturer on art
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- Article on Career Alternatives for Art Historians
Montclair State University’s Art and Design programs are among the region’s most competitive, and meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
To apply to the BA in Fine Arts/Art History Concentration program, or to any of the Department of Art and Design programs, please visit Department Admissions.