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Durham, NC 27708 USA
919-681-3257

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Departments & Programs

Art, Art History and Visual Studies

For more information contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Duke University
Box 90764
Durham, NC 27708-0764
(919) 684-2224

http://www.duke.edu/web/art

General Information

Degree offered: Ph.D. Faculty working with students: 16
Students: 45
Spring Application: no
Part time study available: no
Test required: GRE General
Application Deadline

Program also offers: M.A. in Historical and Cultural Visualization

Program Description

The program, which is designed for a small group of students, emphasizes the study of art, architecture and visual culture within a theoretical and historical frame. The Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. (no M.A. is offered). We invite applications from dedicated students interested in careers in research, criticism, teaching, and museum work. Admission is highly competitive and limited to an average of six new students per year. The Department makes every effort to offer full funding to all admitted candidates. Students are trained for teaching by serving as graders and teaching assistants. Duke University is now in the forefront of academic institutions supporting interdisciplinary and theoretical initiatives in the humanities. Art History and Visual Studies have a unique contribution to make to these ventures and all members of the faculty are engaged in innovative teaching or research projects involving faculty from other departments and programs. All members of the graduate faculty team-teach courses or have courses cross-listed in other departments (African and African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Economics, Literature, Germanic Languages and Literature, Religion) or programs (Documentary Studies, Women's Studies, International Comparative Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Students may choose a minor field outside the department. The department works cooperatively with the art history program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as with the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

The department also participates in a program with the Law School leading to joint J.D./M.A. degrees. For information on the J.D./M.A. program, please visit the departmental web site at http://aahvs.duke.edu/graduate/jd-ma or send email to DeptAAH@duke.edu .

The Guidelines for Graduate Students in the Doctoral Program in Art History and the Guidelines for Graduate Students in the J.D./A.M. Program fully describe these and additional requirements and the detailed steps in the student's graduate career. 

Writing Sample Required:  Please note that a 10-page writing sample should now be uploaded directly with your online application- the department no longer requests a hard copy. If the file is too large and the system won’t let you upload it, you may e-mail it to the following address: grad-admissions-center@duke.edu

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