• ART HISTORY (ARTHIST)
The major in Art History requires at least eleven courses, eight of which are at the 200-level or above. Both introductory art history courses, ARTHIST 101D and 102D, are required, as well as a Visual Arts course. The other eight courses must include at least one course in each of the following five areas: ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern, and non-western, and may include two courses in Visual and Media Studies. One of the eleven courses must be a 400-699-level seminar.
Students planning to attend graduate school should consider taking two 500-699-level seminars: ARTHIST 543S (Methodology of Art History), and a second seminar in the same field as a 200-level course already taken by the student. For example, ARTHIST 255 (Art in Renaissance Italy) is a logical preparation for ARTHIST 590S-4 (Topics in Renaissance Art). Two years of a foreign language at the college level are strongly recommended. Students interested in preparing for graduate work in architecture should supplement their major requirements with the following courses: Visual Arts 101 and 199; Mathematics 111L, 112L and 212; and/or Physics 141L or 142L; and/or Civil and Environmental Engineering 311 or 411. No more than two
approved courses taken away from Duke (at other institutions or abroad) may count toward the requirements of the major.
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• VISUAL ARTS (ARTSVIS)
The Visual Arts major requires twelve courses. Courses for the major include: three courses at the 100 level in a variety of disciplines, four courses at the intermediate/advanced level (between 200-599), ARTSVIS 497S Advanced Visual Practice, ARTSVIS 498S Senior Capstone in the Visual Arts, one course at any level in Art History, one course at any level in Visual and Media Studies, and one additional course in either Art History or Visual and Media Studies at the 200 level or above. The requirements for the major can be satisfied by courses taken at other institutions or abroad, but no more than two courses taken away from Duke may count towards the major. Further courses are available for credit at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Studio Facilities: The Visual Arts program has new state-of-the-art studio facilities in the Smith Warehouse, a beautifully-renovated tobacco warehouse between S. Buchanan Boulevard and Campus Drive, which opened in Fall 2005 for classes in painting, drawing, printmaking (intaglio, lithography, and silkscreen), digital graphics, digital photography, film and video, multi-media, and architectural design. A new stop on the East/West bus route stops at the Smith Warehouse.
The sculpture studio is located at 406 Oregon Street between East and West campuses. The high ceilings and slab concrete floors makes it a sufficiently versatile facility to handle large scale works of art. The interior is divided into large areas for welding in steel and woodworking.
Studio classes in photography are offered in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Studies, (http://cds.aas.duke.edu) located at 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, off of Swift Avenue.
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• VISUAL AND MEDIA STUDIES (VMS)
The Visual and Media Studies major requires thirteen courses, at least eight of which must be at the 200-level or above. Courses required for the major include: VMS 202D (Introduction to Visual Culture), VMS 327S (Theories of Visual and Media Studies) and the capstone course VMS 499S (Visual and Media Studies Capstone), as well as ten additional courses to be divided as follows: two courses in visual and media history or art history; two courses in visual and media practice; three Visual and Media Studies electives; and three previously approved cross-listed courses in another department.
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• ART HISTORY + VISUAL ARTS
A combined major in Art History and Visual Arts requires at least fourteen courses. These include: ARTSVIS 199 (Drawing), and ARTHIST 101D or 102D (Survey of Art); and twelve upper-level courses. The twelve upper-level courses are to be divided as follows: Art History: Six upper-level courses distributed across the fields of ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern, and non-western (pre-Columbian, African, Asian). Students must take at least one course in four of these five areas. At least one of these courses must be a 400-699-level seminar. Visual Arts: Six 200-level courses including a minimum of one course in at least three of the following primary areas of instruction: film/video/digital, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students are encouraged to enroll as seniors in an independent study and, during the spring of that year, in ARTSVIS 390S (Special Topics in Visual Arts).
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