PhD Program

The CMAC PhD program is accepting applications for Fall 2025 starting in early August. Please visit the Duke Graduate School website for more information on the application process.

The Computational Media, Arts & Cultures PhD program offers graduate work leading to the PhD degree in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures. The doctoral program is small, experimental, and interdisciplinary. Its focus is on the intersection of media arts and humanities, sciences, and technology, both in theory and in practice. We are committed to full and equal funding of our students during their time in residence at Duke, up to 5 years. Admission to the program is usually limited to two students every three years.

The PhD program is affiliated with the interdisciplinary arts and humanities media labs led by the CMAC program faculty. Lab emphases include digital archaeology, emergent media arts, information science + studies, digital art history & visual culture, art, law and markets, digital humanities, media theory, and physical computing. At the core of the program is the computational revolution, and its implications for how we live, think, work, create, and communicate within and across various disciplines. Critical engagement with the global, social and cultural impact of computational media is a central feature and value of the program, alongside media affordances and effects within existing and emerging fields.

Application to the PhD program is through the Duke Graduate School application process. Visit TGS website for instructions, deadlines, and application forms.

Program Co-Sponsors

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