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Art History and Museum Studies can help you understand, study and preserve the art produced by various cultures around the world.

This program provides you with skills that are highly valued in many professions and advanced degree programs. Grounded in the history of creativity, you will learn to analyze and interpret information, think critically and communicate effectively. You will benefit from expert lectures and access to two on-campus art galleries that showcase professional and student work throughout the year. Our curriculum is also enhanced by AACC's proximity to nationally renowned museums in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., where you'll view artworks of historical significance.

Transfer Degree

The Visual Arts department is proud to offer the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Art History and Museum Studies. 

Art History and Museum Studies, Visual Arts Transfer, A.A.

The Art History/Museum Studies major is designed to help students transfer to a university where they will continue their education. Art history survey courses, such as History of Western Art 1 & 2, give students the foundational knowledge they need while allowing them to choose electives and dive deeper into areas they find most interesting.


Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow 12% by 2031.

Most art history and museum jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree. Many of our students go on to earn bachelor's degrees in subjects such as history, communications, education and journalism. These bachelor degrees can be a stepping stone to postgraduate degrees in areas such as humanities, library and information science, public administration, education and law.

An associate's degree in Art History and Museum Studies is a useful starting point for careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Architectural firms
  • Archives
  • Art conservation and preservation
  • Auction houses
  • Education
  • Gallery and museum curation
  • Graphic and web design agencies 
  • Journalism
  • Legal services

Most companies, whether a large corporation or a small nonprofit, will appreciate the problem solving skills and visual awareness of an Art History graduate. 

Learn more about art history's career opportunities, median salaries and job outlook by checking out AACC's Career Coach.