Decorative Arts & Design History

Smithsonian Associates in partnership with
The George Washington University

Career Options in the Decorative Arts


Graduates of the MA of the Decorative Arts and Design History program are prepared for a wide range of career options.

  • Antiques Dealer
  • Art Gallery Representative/Owner
  • Art Lawyer
  • Art Librarian
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Organization Consultant
  • Auction House Representative
  • Corporate or Private Curator
  • Curatorial Consultant
  • Design Firm Associate
  • Estate Appraiser
  • Freelance Writer and Researcher
  • Interior Design Firm Associate
  • Investigator of Stolen Art
  • Museum Employment: Curator, Collections Manager, Researcher, Registrar, Development, Exhibition Planner, Administrator
  • Objects Conservator
  • Publisher
  • Retail and Auction Consultant
  • Visual Resources Curator
  • University Faculty Member