Visual Arts professor Beverly McIver with a Duke undergraduate student in the painting studio at Smith Warehouse, Duke University
Bowen standing in art gallery
Lyla Halsted standing outside

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The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies has three distinct parts: Visual Arts, Art History and Visual & Media Studies. But all of our faculty and students – undergraduate and graduate alike – are engaged in international research, interdisciplinary learning, and the study of visual culture across geographic and historical categories, through the perspectives of theory and practice, methodology and criticism, and digital technologies.

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Undergraduate Program

The historical study of art, architecture, and visual culture provides the understanding and the language necessary for analyzing images, objects and buildings, and for recognizing and theorizing their social impact.

With our 8 majors and 6 minors, we offer undergraduate students an extensive program that develops their critical-thinking and visual skills, appeals to their passions, and helps prepare them for their eventual careers.

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Featured Courses


ARTHIST490S/ARTHIST 590S Queer Phenomenology & Art    Instructor: Dore Bowen Cross-list: LIT M, 10:15 am-12:45 pm A290, Bay 9, Smith Warehouse   Attributes: ALP, CCI   Course… read more about Queer Phenomenology & Art »


ARTHIST 223D From Agra to Istanbul: Islamic Art and Architecture in the Early Modern Era   Instructor: Halsted Cross-list: AMES 229, RELIGION 229 MW 10:15am-11:30am Smith Warehouse Bay 10 A266… read more about From Agra to Istanbul: Islamic Art and Architecture in the Early Modern Era »

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Graduate Programs

We currently offer a Ph.D. program in Art History and Visual Culture, and Master's programs in Digital Art History and Computational Media.

We also participate in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures – co-sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, the Program in Literature, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Information Science + Studies certificate program – and many of our faculty are involved in the MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts.

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