Computational Media, Arts & Cultures Graduate Programs at Duke University

Computational Media, Arts & Cultures


The Computational Media Track of the MA in Digital Art History/Computational Media is designed for graduate students focused on the study, creation, and use of digital media and computation in the arts and humanities. It is offered by the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies in partnership with the Information Science + Studies Program.compmedia-flyer-caa2016-2

Computational Media explores research and presentation strategies enabled by the information sciences, new approaches to computational processes, and new forms of interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.  The goals of the program are for students to understand the critical affordances and potential of digital media, to develop competencies in data-driven and computational approaches to knowledge production, and to develop a hybrid theory-practice MA thesis that demonstrates their expertise in action around a particular subject.

Digital research and production methods undertaken in the program may include:

  •   data driven analysis and visualization
  •   interactive/relational database design and search methodologies
  •   interactive publishing  and storytelling techniques
  •   generative forms of text, visuals and music production
  •   virtual and augmented reality systems and games
  •   complex systems analysis
  •   new approaches to interface exploration and design
  •   physical computing and interactive systems development

The program’s skills-centered instruction, combined with the requirement for lab affiliation and collaborative research and the emphasis on theoretical analysis, will produce graduates who not only have hands-on know-how and technical skills but who have developed a sophisticated understanding of informational globalization and our rapidly changing world.

Our MA graduates have gone on to positions in instructional technology, PhD programs, and museums. International students may be eligible for Optional Practical Training visa extensions to work in the USA after graduation.



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