Art History

Appreciating the Past… with an Eye Toward the Future

Art history is more than just the study of individual technique and achievement—it’s the examination and exploration of the political, social, religious and economic values of the society from which the art emerged. If you’re envisioning a way to turn your eye for art and architecture into a hands-on career, Art History might be just what you're looking for. 

Today, the employment outlook for most graduates is competitive, but a degree or certificate in art history not only prepares students for careers within the art world, but also provides those sought-after “soft skills” that employers in all industries are looking for. The critical-thinking skills, socio-cultural awareness, and historical knowledge gained through the study of art history provide a unique foundation for students interested in entering the fields of law, medicine, science, business, and others.

In addition to traditional, two-year degrees that give students a foundational understanding of artistic techniques and movements, IVC’s Art History department offers Certificates of Proficiency in Curatorial Studies and Museum Education and Visitor Services. These nine-unit, job-oriented certificates prepare students for entry-level museum positions related to the curation of works of art and the education of visitors. 

No matter what your career path, a degree or certification in Art History will give you both the soft and hard skills you need to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.

Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Art History? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!


What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Associate in Arts Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field in order to enter a specific profession or to prepare for further education at a technical or trade school, or a 4-year college or university.

IVC Offers an AA in:
Art History

Associate in Arts for Transfer
Like the AA and AS, these degrees give students an in-depth understanding of a particular field but differ in that they are specifically designed to help students transfer seamlessly to a 4-year California State University where they can complete a bachelor’s degree.

IVC Offers an AA-T in:
Art History

Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible. 

IVC Offers COPs in:
Curatorial Studies
Museum Education and Visitor Studies

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Art History. 

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. For information on how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable, visit IVC’s Financial Aid Office.

School of the Arts
Department Offices: 949-451-5453

Joseph Poshek
Dean, School of the Arts
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Julie Kirk
Academic Chair
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IVC Art History graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.

Curators = $53,875 
Archivists = $51,302 
Art Directors = $109,517 
Art Teachers, Postsecondary = $85,805 
Museum Technicians & Conservationists = $41,510 
Set & Exhibit Designers = $49,267 
Artist Agents = $60,710 
Talent Directors = $91,757 

Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$49,267 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Art Director
Art Teacher
Talent Director

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You’ve made an independent choice to boost your life and career through Career Education at IVC… but you’re not alone! Talk to a counselor for information on getting started, planning your career pathway, and more!

Our Students Love Us!

“I am proud of my Museum Studies certificates, and happy that I chose IVC. The experience gave me the confidence I needed to continue my studies and apply to graduate school. Now, I have a. MA in Art from CSULB!”
- Christina Wroniak, IVC Alum
“My favorite course at IVC has been Art History Survey I: Western, with Professor Glatstein, because of the style that he taught and how he encouraged the class to fully participate while challenging our critical thinking.”
- Vanessa Renderos, IVC Student
“IVC was definitely a stepping stone to my internship. From getting involved on campus to figuring out what I wanted out of school, IVC helped me out. My professors were very helpful in my path.”
- Arash Moradi, IVC Alum