Students in Digital Art History/Computational Media follow the same general course of required study, but specialize at the thesis level. The Computational Media track emphasizes the affordances, and critique of, the technologies themselves in the context of cultural analytics and new media forms of expression. (For more information on the Digital Art History Track visit the Wired! Lab website.) Computational Media topics include the manufacture and dissemination of humanities data and its expression, the social and ethical considerations of digital cultural heritage interventions, and the aesthetic and rhetorical value of computational media forms.
The ideal candidate for the Computational Media and Culture track 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. This MA track prepares students for further graduate study in digital humanities and computational media and for training for jobs in 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 2020 admission are due on March 15, 2020.
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.
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 summer research may also be available.