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Started by uranrising on Jan 13, 2021 6:31:16 PM
Art History masters degree - job?

The daughter of a friend is planning to apply for the afore-mentioned degree course. she is struggling in the current situation.

I am looking for any thoughts anyone has about what someone with such a degree could possibly get to do eventually, by one mysterious route or another.

returnofthepowermonkey - 13 Jan 2021 18:34:30 (#1 of 32)

Duchess of cambridge

thisonehasalittlehat - 13 Jan 2021 18:37:15 (#2 of 32)

Anything they want to. It's not a degree that is really designed to lead to a specific job. Like an engineering masters.

For example, even if someone with an art history background wanted to go into curating collections, they'd probably have to do an additional masters degree in curating.

It's the sort of thing you do because you enjoy it, rather than with a specific purpose in mind.

WibbleAgain - 13 Jan 2021 18:42:30 (#3 of 32)

even if someone with an art history background wanted to go into curating collections, they'd probably have to do an additional masters degree in curating.

Like all arts and history degrees, it's a very crowded field for those who aspire to work their way up in their field. Even with a masters degree there's fierce competition on the curating path. Background and temperament go a long way.

Otoh, it's an arts degree, so BA graduates can go into many fields that are open to them.

Ginmonkey - 13 Jan 2021 18:54:17 (#4 of 32)

Isn't doing an art history degree normally seen as a way for nice girls of a certain background to meet appropriate husbands?

FGBFGB - 13 Jan 2021 18:55:28 (#5 of 32)

That is a rather offensive stereotypes. To put it mildly. So women seeking higher education in art history are all submissive yet housewifely ugolddiggers, based upon one or two well known people? Shame on you.

thisonehasalittlehat - 13 Jan 2021 19:06:06 (#6 of 32)

#1 I think

WibbleAgain - 13 Jan 2021 19:09:56 (#7 of 32)

History of art degree course are harder than history courses, I reckon. There are far easier ways to go gold digging, whatever the background.

FGBFGB - 13 Jan 2021 19:10:20 (#8 of 32)

Blooming cheek!

CarlosFandango - 13 Jan 2021 19:10:40 (#9 of 32)

Just one fucking thing after another - This time with pictures.

Shadrack22 - 13 Jan 2021 19:11:21 (#10 of 32)

In theory:

Museums, galleries and auction houses

Cultural management

Heritage and conservation

Journalism and media




Art administration

browserbutton - 13 Jan 2021 19:12:28 (#11 of 32)

Any higher degree is good -- advanced study skills.

Ginmonkey - 13 Jan 2021 19:19:21 (#12 of 32)

#5 It was a joke.

By stereotypes my degree is all done by blustering private school types who want to look more cultured than they are. I take it in good humour.

FGBFGB - 13 Jan 2021 19:20:23 (#13 of 32)

I apologise, Gin. I am a bit thick tonight, and have drink taken.

Jacob_Richter - 13 Jan 2021 19:26:53 (#14 of 32)

If you don't mind, uran, the question is the wrong one. The answer runs into thousands of options and isn't helpful.

The answer is a different question - what would she like to do?

WibbleAgain - 13 Jan 2021 19:29:38 (#15 of 32)

Someone contemplating doing a Masters in History of Art doesn't need advice from internet wrongmos. She'll have her reasons and aspirations, and likely better informed than us. More uptodate anyhow.

Jacob_Richter - 13 Jan 2021 19:31:32 (#16 of 32)

Is she currently at uni? Does that uni have a decent careers dept? A few years ago many unis did but a lot of these got hollowed out and converted into student debt advice centres. Because that's really what she needs - some professional careers guidance and counselling before she commits to laying out the money for a course.

browserbutton - 13 Jan 2021 19:35:36 (#17 of 32)

A Masters degree can be rewarding in itself and even stimulate interest towards further research for a PhD -- then who knows, becoming a professor and having wild historical adventures like Indiana Jones.

Ginmonkey - 13 Jan 2021 19:41:17 (#18 of 32)

In a less jokey note, unless she is planning to go in to academia, an arts or humanties Masters does not really translate in to increased employability.

CarlosFandango - 13 Jan 2021 19:43:53 (#19 of 32)

I think that's shifting a bit these days - although the UK may be a touch* behind.

In many places nobody goes to University and expects to come out with anything less than a Masters.


Anchorman - 13 Jan 2021 19:45:56 (#20 of 32)

A masters degree (or an honours degree) would qualify her to apply for a job on the NHS management training scheme. Competition is very tough but once successfully on the scheme most are promoted extremely rapidly and earnings in senior general NHS management positions can be high.

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