A Modern Art History Degree Can Help Art Lovers Advance Their Careers

by Ashley Eneriz

Have you always liked learning the history, context, or technique behind works of art? There are a number of advantages you could enjoy by pursuing a graduate degree in modern art history.

Art history students are able to combine their passions for art and history with professional skills that will serve them well in careers in the arts or academia. Whether you’re a busy professional or a full-time student, Azusa Pacific University makes earning an M.A. degree possible with its flexible and sought-after online program. Here’s what you need to know about the unique degree program.

Why Modern Art History in Instead Art History Programs?

While there are many art history degrees students can choose from, finding a master's that focuses solely on modern and contemporary art—art produced from the 1800s to today—is rare. Angela S. George, Ph.D., program director of APU’s Master of Arts in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism, noted that individuals with a strong interest in modern and contemporary art tend to apply to the program, as its deep focus on modern art sets APU apart.

Not only does this graduate degree in art history provide students with the historical training and current critical methods needed to thrive in the art community, but students are also taught to hone strong visual analysis and research skills. They’ll also learn about modern and contemporary art with a biblical view.

“Faith is also a major component to artistic creation, historically and even today,” Dr. George explained. “Because so much artwork deals with deep issues of faith and how we understand the world, having that be a component of the classes we teach is important to me and to the mission of APU.”

Careers with a Degree in Modern Art

APU’s M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism prepares students for a number of careers in the art world. Here are a few careers in art history graduates can pursue:

  • Teaching art at the K-12 level (with additional state credential)
  • Teaching or lecturing at the college level
  • Museum or gallery curation
  • Museum or arts agency administration
  • Museum education
  • Writing or editing for art publications
  • Cultural and historic institutions
  • Art research and scholarship
  • Organizing art exhibitions and events

Along with exciting career options, an M.A. in Art History can also prepare you for a doctoral degree program in the arts.

The Benefits of an Online Art History Degree

Dr. George shared that she regularly hears from students who say they appreciate that they’re able to earn a master’s degree while still working full time or maintaining family commitments. Since APU’s M.A. in Modern Art History is online, students don’t have to drive to campus or attend specific class times. They can choose to study part time, and classes are completed in accelerated eight-week terms.

“Since the program is fully online, students succeed who are self-directed and self-motivated,” Dr. George noted. “Ideally, students should also have good writing and research skills.”

Is an online art degree the right fit for you? If you have a passion for modern art history and want to advance your career, then this M.A. program could be a good fit for your talents and schedule.

Along with its flexibility, APU’s M.A. in Modern Art History program is ranked among the top online master’s degrees in art and art history by Best Colleges and College Choice. Learn more about the program and how to enroll today.