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Art History

A degree in art history opens doors to many career options, and our graduates are a diverse group. From independent curators and teachers to museum directors and professors, our graduates have followed a variety of paths.

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum in Art History gives students a broad knowledge of art and the cultures that generate it. Students develop skills in theory, research, analysis and criticism. The Master of Arts allows students to pursue in-depth knowledge in areas such as Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, 18th-century to contemporary European art and architecture, American art and architecture, modern Chinese art, and photographic and film history.

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Your Future in Art History

Graduates with a B.A. or M.A. in Art History generally pursue careers in gallery or museum administration, teaching, or working within historical organizations. Some art history majors may continue onto graduate school for a Ph.D. and become university professors or museum curators. Others may put the critical and analytical training they acquired through art history to good use by continuing their education with advanced degrees in alternative fields, such as law or business.

Your art history degree can help you bring more to the table, no matter what career you choose.



How to apply:


Visit  and create an account. Follow the instructions to submit an online application to the Graduate School at the University ofSouth Carolina.


The Graduate School requires applicants to submit:

  1. A baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  2. Standardized Test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Two letters of professional recommendation, at least one must be from a previous professor
  5. Application
  6. Application Fee
  7. English Proficiency Requirement*
  8. Other Supporting Materials**

* An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exams.

** Supporting materials required for the MA in Art History include:

Cover letter

Sample of academic writing

Statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words)



These supporting materials must be sent directly to the School of Visual Art and Design (not the Graduate School) at the following address:

School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina
1615 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Attn.: Graduate Director


Please direct questions to Andrew Graciano at

Application Deadline: March 1.