Featured Image

Art History

Art History

Program Description

If you want to spend your life immersed in the world of art, study Art History. In AUM’s Art History option within its Fine Arts program, you’ll gain a broad understanding of Western Civilization through an examination of its artifacts, buildings, and works of art.  You can put your degree to work in a variety of ways.  Art historians are needed in art galleries, auction houses, private and corporate art collections, art foundations, and non-profit or government organizations and institutions dedicated to arts and culture. You could work designing exhibitions for museums, consulting on historical design for film, television, and theater, or as an antique dealer.

Art History is a concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree.                            

Points of Pride

  • An on-campus gallery provides hands-on curatorial experience.
  • The Fine Arts Department has a large collection of artworks, with strengths in 20th-century prints.
  • The nearby Montgomery Museum of Fine Art has an extensive collection of American art.
  • Our active AUM Student Art Association organizes out-of-town trips for students to attend workshops and visit exhibitions.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Additionally, jobs in art and design are projected to grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. At $46,710, the most recent median annual wage for museum and archive occupations was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Art director

$85,610 per year

2% (1,800 more jobs)

Multimedia artist/animator

$63,630 per year

6% (3,900 more jobs)

Archivists, curators and museum technicians

$46,710 per year

7% (2,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Fine Arts Department

Auburn University at Montgomery

Goodwyn Hall 104

334-244-3377

ashughes@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks

  • Chloe Brown won first place in the oral presentation in Creative Scholarship category at Auburn University’s “This is Research: Student Symposium 2016” competition.
  • Dana Bice entered the Art History graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now oversees the Writing Across the Curriculum program at AUM.
  • Kelsie Miller entered the graduate program in Art History at the University of South Carolina.

 Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to Visual Art includes:


Course #

Course Name

Course Description

VISU 1102

Two-Dimensional Design

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design, with emphasis on composition, color theory, media and individual concepts.

VISU 2600

Intro to World Architecture

A survey of world architecture from antiquity to the present that emphasizes the relationships between art, architecture, place, and culture.

VISU 1102

Two-Dimensional Design

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design, with emphasis on composition, color theory, media and individual concepts.

VISU 1132

3-D Design

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design using various media.

VISU 2030

Art History 1

A survey of the visual arts in the West from Prehistory through Medieval.

VISU 1112

Drawing 1

Drawing from observation, with an emphasis on composition, line, perspective and value, using various dry and aqueous monochromatic media.

VISU 2040

Art History 2

A survey of the visual arts in the West from Renaissance through Modern.

VISU 3000-Level

Art History (WI)

Any writing-intensive 3000-level Visual Art course