Majors & Minors

Majors Requirements Overview
Art History
  • 11 courses
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Foreign language study is recommended
Art History: Architecture
  • 13 courses
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Required: 3 courses in math, physics and/or engineering
Art History: Museum Theory & Practice
  • 13 courses
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Required: 3 courses including museum theory, practice, and at least one internship
Art History & Visual Arts
  • 14 courses
  • Required: Drawing, Exploring Art and Architecture
  • Areas of study include ancient, medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, modern and non-western art history
  • Hands-on practice: film/video/digital, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture
  • Independent study is recommended
Computational Media:
Interdepartmental Major in Computer Science and Visual and Media Studies
  • 14 courses (7 from Computer Science, 7 from Visual & Media Studies)
  • Areas of study include digital humanities, digital media and algorithmic arts, computer interface and experience design, game studies, digital storytelling and data journalism, information aesthetics, computational media ethics, global media studies.
  • Required pre-requisites: COMPSCI 101/102/116, MATH 111, MATH 112, or 100-level STA or higher.
  • Required Computer Science courses: 4 core courses from COMPSCI 201, 230 or 330, 250, and a course on computer systems or 370 (Artificial Intelligence) or 371 (Machine Learning); 3 electives, which may consist of any COMPSCI course at the 200 level or above, with at most two Research Independent Studies. Two of those courses must be 300-level or above.
  • Required Visual & Media Studies courses: VMS 202D: Introduction to Visual Culture; one Theories course, VMS 327S: Theories of Visual Studies or LIT 328S: Media Theory, or an approved alternative; two AAHVS practice-based courses or approved alternatives at the 200-level or above; 3 additional 200+ VMS electives, including approved cross-lists.
  • Required: All majors are also required to submit a Major Portfolio documenting their work.
  • Required: Technical Project Experience.
  • The major encourages completion of the required Technical Project Experience either through coursework or participation in collaborative, interdisciplinary projects within our departmentally-related Labs, or in a variety of other programs, such as Data+, Story+, Bass Connections, Code+, CS+, or another approved project experience.

*for more information: http://cmac.duke.edu

Visual Arts
  • 12 courses
  • Areas of study include art history, and visual & media studies
  • Hands-on practice: film/video/digital, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture
  • Required: Advanced Visual Practice, Senior Capstone in Visual Arts
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
Visual & Media Studies: Cinematic Arts
  • 13 courses
  • Required gateway: (Introduction to Visual Culture or Introduction to Film Studies)
  • Required theory: (Theories of Visual and Media Studies or Film Theory or Media Theory)
  • Required: Cinematic Arts Capstone
  • Required: four practice courses from a list of approved Cinematic Arts courses
  • Required: two film studies courses from a list of approved Cinematic Arts courses
  • Required: 4 electives with a VMS cross-list; other courses require DUS review and approval

  • Areas of study include film practice, film studies, screenwriting

     

      *for more information: cinematicarts.duke.edu

Minors Requirements Overview
Art History
  • 5 art history courses at the 200 level or above
Photography
  • 5 courses including:
    • ARTSVIS 115S (Introduction to Photography) or ARTSVIS 119S (Introduction to Digital Photography)
    • ARTSVIS 318S (Photo Workshop) or ARTSVIS 492 (Independent Study)
    • ARTHIST 303 (History of Photography)
Cinematic Arts
  • 5 courses including:  
    • One gateway course (either VMS 202D, VMS 289, or VMS 261S)
    • Four additional approved Cinematic Arts courses with at least one “practice" and one “studies" course

*for more information: cinematicarts.duke.edu

Computational Media:
Interdepartmental Minor in Computer Science and Visual and Media Studies
  • 5 courses including:
    • Two VMS/CMAC practice courses
    • Two VMS/CMAC thematic courses
    • One COMPSCI course at the 200-level or above

*for more information: http://cmac.duke.edu

Visual Arts
  • 5 visual arts courses at the 200 level or above
Visual & Media Studies
  • 5 courses at the 200 level or above, including at least 3 courses in Visual & Media Studies (taught by AAHVS faculty listed on departmental website) and up to 2 courses cross-listed with Visual & Media Studies