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Visual Art & Media concerns all aspects of the production, circulation, and reception of visual images in culture, science, and society. Opportunities at Duke include participating in the Visual & Media Studies major or minor, getting involved with co-curricular activities in publications and through DukeCreate, and exploring various arts funding, research, and study abroad/away GEO opportunities.

Visual & Media Studies Major/Minor

Visual Studies enables you to interpret the representations that shape the visual constructs of a particular society, to consider how systems of visual code differ from culture to culture, and to think through how the symbolic constructions of life organize how one sees, understands, and participates in natural and social environments. Most importantly, establishing a clear connection between the theory and the practice of visuality is the foundation of Visual & Media Studies.


  • 13 courses

  • Required: Introduction to Visual Culture, Theories of Visual & Media Studies, Visual & Media Studies Capstone

  • Areas of study include visual & media history and/or art history, and visual & media practice

Arts of ​the Moving Image Certificate Program

The Arts of the Moving Image Certificate Program 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 they would need to develop a career within the media industries, pursue graduate study in the field or become a media artist. 6 courses requirement.

academic program

> For Current Students: Information on Arts Internship Opportunities, Grants and Prizes, Independent Studies, and more!

  • Benson Awards in the Arts - provides funding for fees, travel and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by Duke undergraduates.

  • URS Creative Arts Grants - provided to help defray project expenses of up to $400 for Trinity and Pratt students enrolled in faculty-supervised Independent Study courses or full-credit private instruction in the creative arts (e.g., Art & Visual Studies, Dance, Literature, Music, Theater Studies). 

> Global Education and Study Abroad Resources for Visual & Media Studies

A few of the many Duke-In study away/abroad programs with Visual Arts-related courses through the Global Education Office are listed below.


> Multimedia Project Studio

The Multimedia Project Studio (MPS) is your place to go for production of multimedia and graphic content. The lab features high-end, integrated hardware and software that encourages imaginative creation and editing of graphics, web pages, audio, video and 3D.

opportunities & resources


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