Students in Digital Art History/Computational Media follow the same general course of required study, but specialize at the thesis level. Digital Art History focused students tend to be most interested in how new technologies and digital humanities methods may be applied to historical and critical questions in art history and visual culture. The Computational Media track emphasizes the affordances, and critique of the technologies themselves in the context of media, information, communication studies, and with an eye towards engaging and critiquing computational media forms of expression. 

The ideal candidate for the MA seeks deeper understanding of the intersection of quantitative and qualitative modes of historical and cultural research, is actively engaged with hands-on computational media production, and is interested in productive cross-overs between arts and sciences communities.  Both tracks prepare students for further graduate study in digital humanities and computational media and for training for jobs in museums and cultural heritage institutions, as well as media, design, advertising, and technical industries, among others.

Students interested in this program should apply to the MA in Digital Art History/Computational Media on the Duke Graduate School website. Applications will be vetted by a committee comprised of AAHVS Faculty and the Lab Directors, who will select students based on their qualifications and on the Lab’s ability to take on new students in a given year.

Applications for Fall 2021 are closed. Applications for Fall 2022 admission will be due on March 15, 2022.

To apply, prospective students must submit an online application through the Duke University Graduate School. Applications must include a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, as well as transcripts and scores from the GRE General exam. International applicants must submit English language proficiency test scores if English is not their first language.

In addition to following the Graduate School guidelines for the Statement of Purpose, we recommend you discuss your digital/computational media practice experience as part of your statement. While we do not require that you have any particular technical skillset coming into the program, it is helpful to understand your areas of interest and expertise.

Applicants are also required to submit a Writing Sample, and are encouraged to submit a digital/computational media project portfolio link. Especially in the case of collaborative projects, an explanation of your specific role in the project would be helpful.

More information on application requirements can be found at the Graduate School’s Online Application FAQ. Refer to the Graduate School website for the latest deadlines and materials needed.

Please note that Duke University does not usually provide financial support for master’s-level graduate study, but applicants are urged to compete for national and foundation awards or seek student loans. A website maintained by Duke’s Office of Research Support lists awards available from a variety of federal and private sources. Questions about financial aid should be directed to the Graduate School’s financial aid coordinator. In addition, many MA students take on teaching and research assistant positions, or other jobs on campus, after they arrive. Limited funds to support thesis-related research may also be available.