Major to Career: Art History Education

Art education is the area of learning that is based upon the visual, tangible arts-drawing, painting, sculpture, and design in jewelry, pottery, weaving, fabrics, etc. and design applied to more practical fields such as commercial graphics and home furnishings. Latest trends also include photography, video, film, design, computer art, etc. (

An Art History Teaching career will begin with earning a bachelor's degree in Art History, or fine arts with an Art History concentration. A bachelor's degree is typically completed with four years of study. An additional state teaching credential may be required to teach in your desired district. Criteria for earning a teaching credential varies from state to state, and may take a matter of months, or up to two years. (

Teaching Art History can require a good deal of research, writing, critical thinking and presentational skills. While a good range of art skills and art ability is helpful, presently many teachers take advantage of technology to help teach lessons--PowerPoint, Photoshop and even Web editing skills can help make the life of an Art History Teacher easier. In addition to Art History knowledge, teachers often need a good background in the politics, and religion of the time and place art was created. (

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College of Performing and Visual Arts Academic Discovery Center
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