Art after Vassar

Vassar art majors have gone on to graduate study in a variety of fields in the arts and beyond.  To cite a representative sampling from the last few years, art history majors have entered programs for the M.A. and Ph.D. in art and architectural history at Harvard University, the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, Brown University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Williams, the Courtauld Art Institute (London), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), Syracuse University in Florence, and Worcester College, Oxford. Others have gone on to masters programs in curatorial studies at Bard; conservation at Winterthur/University of Delaware; costume design at NYU; museum education at Bankstreet; and art therapy at Florida State. Students interested in commercial and administrative careers in the arts have entered M.A. programs in arts administration at NYU, and in art market principles and practice at FIT.

Students interested the practice of architecture and urban planning have gone on to degrees in architecture at Yale School of Architecture, Princeton, and the Harvard GSD, and those interested in landscape architecture have entered M.A. programs in landscape design and preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia. Studio art majors have gone on to receive the M.F.A. at schools including Yale, Columbia’s School of Arts, the School of Visual Arts, the Cranbook School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Pratt.

The Career Alternatives for Art Historians site provides an excellent overview of some of the wide range of careers for art historians.