General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 8
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: Not accepting applications for 2024


Application Info


Victoria Szabo
Director of Graduate Studies
Computational Media, Arts & Cultures (CMAC)
Duke University
Box 90766
Durham, NC 27708-0766

Phone: (919) 668-1934



Program Description

The Computational Media, Arts & Cultures program offers graduate work leading to the PhD degree in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures. The doctoral program is small, experimental, and interdisciplinary. Its focus is on the intersection of media arts and humanities, sciences, and technology, both in theory and in practice. We are committed to full and equal funding of our students during their time in residence at Duke, up to 5 years. Admission to the program is usually limited to two students every three years.

The PhD program is affiliated with the interdisciplinary arts and humanities media labs led by the CMAC program faculty. Lab emphases include digital archaeology, emergent media arts, information science + studies, digital art history & visual culture, art, law and markets, digital humanities, media theory, and physical computing. At the core of the program is the computational revolution, and its implications for how we live, think, work, create, and communicate within and across various disciplines. Critical engagement with the global, social and cultural impact of computational media is a central feature and value of the program, alongside media affordances and effects within existing and emerging fields. For further information on the PhD program, prospective applicants may visit the program’s website at, or write to the director of graduate studies.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: Not accepting applications for 2024

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Writing Sample
A 10-20 page writing sample is required with your application. The writing sample should be a copy of a scholarly essay submitted as an academic requirement. The writing sample should be uploaded in the “writing sample” section of the application and should not exceed 20 pages double-spaced. 

Digital Portfolio
In addition to the writing sample, you must also include a link to a digital/production portfolio that illustrates your knowledge and skill in computational media and/or the arts – theory, implementation, and practice. Please include the URL to your portfolio in your application materials and on your CV. You may also include related items under Additional Materials. 

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance