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The PhD Program is committed to preparing students for advanced research in the global visual cultures of the past and present. The Department recognizes that visual literacy plays an increasingly important role in negotiating contemporary society. Art, architecture, mass media (television, video, film, internet), and urbanism all work through reference to visual and spatial conventions. We strive to provide our graduate students not only with the necessary tools to understand objects and archives, but also the skills to interpret visual and material culture for the benefit of the broader community.

Duke University is in the forefront of academic institutions supporting interdisciplinary and theoretical initiatives in the Humanities. Art History makes a unique contribution to these ventures. All members of the Art History faculty are engaged in innovative teaching and research projects, many of which involve faculty and students from other departments and programs.

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