Photography and film at Duke includes a certificate program in Documentary Studies and Arts of the Moving Image as well as a minor in photography. Extracurricular opportunities include organizations dedicated to producing video and film content to ones that screen weekly movies.

The photography minor at Duke consists of 5 courses related to photography and is part of the Art, Art History and Visual Studies department. Learn more here.

"The Arts of the Moving Image certificate program at Duke fosters a critical understanding of the history, theory and technologies of motion picture and new media arts, while giving students the opportunities, tools and resources needed to develop a career within the media industries, pursue graduate study in the field, or become a media artist." Learn more here.

"The Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University is a program of undergraduate study involving community-based research and fieldwork. Working in one or more documentary mediums—photography, filmmaking, writing, audio, performance, among others—students explore a particular issue, community, family, or individual. Completion of a minimum of six courses and a documentary project that each student exhibits, presents, publishes, or otherwise disseminates to the public is required." Learn more here.

academic programs

> Duke in Los Angeles

Duke in L.A. is a spring semester study away program that immerses students in the film, TV and media industries in L.A. It includes two seminars, a student-selected course at the University of Southern California, and an internship opportunity.

> Center for Documentary Studies (CDS)

CDS is dedicated to documentary expression and its role in creating a more just society.​ CDS teaches, produces, and presents the documentary arts across a full range of media—photography, audio, film, writing, experimental and new media—for students and audiences of all ages.

> Multimedia Project Studio (MPS) 

Equipped with a video studio and green screen, the MPS also features high-end, integrated hardware and software that encourages imaginative creation and editing of audio, video and 3D. 

opportunities & resources

We watch movies! Duke Film Club offers an excellent opportunity for students of all backgrounds to watch cinema from all eras and all genres. We host weekly screenings follow...

Duke Student Broadcasting (DSB) is Duke's student-run broadcasting network where students can film coverage of the Duke community (from sports to showcases) and can create an...

Freewater Productions is Duke University’s foremost and only student-run production company, operating under the umbrella of Duke’s student union, the Duke University Union (...

We show movies. Free weekly movie screenings for Duke and the Durham community!


Contact Person: Juliana Zhang (Juliana.zhang@...

A community of student photographers willing to share and improve their photo techniques.


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Latent Image is Duke's annual publication of fine art photography. Edited by undergraduates since 1973, the book showcases the talents of the members of the Duke community: u...

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