Art History & Criticism

Are you active in various art scenes and other communities that pursue creative endeavors? At a local art museum, do you enjoy engaging with others in open discussions critiquing visual art and learning about its methodology, origins and meanings? If so, then you may be interested in studying Art History and Criticism.

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UTSA’s Art History & Criticism Program

UTSA’s Art History and Criticism degree offers an extensive view of art historical studies in the context of a liberal arts education. The coursework includes surveying art from prehistoric times to the discovery of the Americas, along with studying contemporary and cultural art. Complemented with an art gallery and museum internship, this program emphasizes critical thinking, research and writing skills in order to prepare you for opportunities in careers requiring a liberal arts background, or pursuing graduate studies in art history or other related fields.

Careers in Art History & Criticism

Top job titles for Art History & Criticism graduates include:

• Curator
• Museum Director
• Archivist

Art History & Criticism and its related career pathways are currently in low demand in San Antonio but in higher than average demand in Austin for the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 art history & criticism-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Career Opportunities

Example Careers

Industries for Art History & Criticism Graduates

Art History & Criticism is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of art history & criticism-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Museums and Historical Sites
• Government
• General Hospitals

Salaries for Art History & Criticism Graduates

The salary range for open art history & criticism-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $33,918
median $44,652
top 10% $63,912

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Art History & Criticism Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Art History & Criticism graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Art History & Criticism may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy learning
• You enjoy working with others
• You are a good planner
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented

Scholarships Offered: 

  • The Beverly Duren Memorial Scholarship
    • Applicants must be high school seniors from Harlandale ISD (Harlandale High School, McCollum High School, or Tejeda Academy)
    • Declare a major or minor in the Department of Music OR the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at UTSA. Preference will be given to Music major/minors, but all eligible applications are considered.
    • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA
  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

Student Life

UTSA’s Art History & Criticism degree offers students the opportunity to emphasize critical thinking, research and writing skills in order to prepare them for opportunities in careers requiring a liberal arts background or pursuing graduate studies in art history or other related fields. The coursework includes surveying art from prehistoric times to the discovery of the Americas, along with studying contemporary and cultural art. Students studying Art History & Criticism may consider becoming involved in:

  • Student Art Society