Duke in New York: Arts & Media

Fall Semester Program

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Students call Duke in New York: Arts and Media “transformative.” That’s because the program not only gives you a chance to live and study for a whole semester in one of the world’s truly dynamic cities, at its most active time of year, but also makes exciting, stellar events part of classwork that showcases your skills and enhances your creativity.

The program introduces you to Duke alumni and other notable professionals in New York who help you think about life after Duke. This four-course program is designed for students who have some background in – or want to learn more about – art, music, theater, fashion, and media, including magazine and book publishing, advertising, film, and television. The program is open to students from all majors.

Duke also offers a summer program, Duke in New York: Summer Internships in the City.


Location: New York City, NY, USA

Term: Fall

Dates: August 26 – December 8, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1

Academic Theme(s): Arts & Media, Art History, Theater Studies, Music, Dance, Visual and Media Studies, Public Policy, Journalism

Credit TypeDuke Credit, option for Transfer Credit

Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students). Open to students from all majors. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply. Students on academic/behavioral probation are not eligible for this program.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Duke English Department

Housing: Residence Hall 

GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt

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Why Duke in New York?

There are so many study abroad and study away opportunities, that you’re entitled to ask … why spend a Fall term with Duke in New York Arts and Media?


On this program, you have the opportunity to earn four Duke credits. The program structure gives you the flexibility to customize coursework to suit your goals and interests. You will enroll in the following courses:

  • Two core courses taught by Duke faculty, for one Duke credit each
  • An elective of your choice for one Duke credit (or an NYU course by petition, for transfer credit)
  • A course that includes a work experience / apprenticeship for one Duke credit




Core Courses

The Business of Art and Media
(ALP, STS) I&E eligible. 1.0 Duke credit.

The arts and media never just happen. They require contributions from many people: writers, actors, stage managers, arts management staff, musicians, fund-raisers - you name it. Increasingly, all of these professionals use and depend on technology of increasing complexity. Making Media gives students a chance to meet and talk with important people who make the arts and media happen. Guests will discuss what they do, how they interact with society, and the role technology plays in their work. Readings and participation in intense question-and-answer period required. Two short papers plus a final project required. 

This course may be used as an elective toward the English major. Credit toward other majors and certificates possible with approval by the appropriate DUS.

The Arts in New York: A Thematic Approach (Documenting New York)
ALP, R, W) I&E eligible. 1.0 Duke credit.

Professor: Torgovnick and staff

Through literature, non-fiction, and films, students learn about New York's rise to cultural preeminence during the 20th century and its evolution in the 21st. Topics to be covered in class include immigration narratives and the history of New York as visible in short stories, neighborhoods, and films; Modernism and post-Modernism in the city; the history of the publishing industry and institutions such as Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Outside of class, students attend performances, exhibitions, films, concerts, and other events as a group. During part of each class, they discuss what they have seen and prepare for what they will see next. Special tours introduce them to the city's venerable institutions and vibrant neighborhoods. Readings, participation in class, two short papers, an 8- to 10-page research paper, and a final project are required.


Theater Now: NYC!
(ALP) 1.0 Duke credit. 

Faculty Instructor: Jeff Storer

This class will focus on immersing the student in the art, study and practice of theater as it is experienced through the lens of NYC. Through practical experience students will begin to understand how theater artists collaborate to create critical, relevant, inventive work. Students will explore how artists embrace and reject traditional styles and perceptions of acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy and design.

The focus of our exploration will include: 1) How theater exists as a powerful medium to view contemporary culture and politics in society, 2) How the role of performance, design, direction, use of media and management work together in this collaborative process, 3) Approaching contemporary performance critique: including research, text analysis, and dramaturgy, 4) How to read a play and begin to envision its journey from page to stage, and 5) Opportunities for you to practically engage in exercises in design, media, management, playwriting or performance/directing. 

The Museum as Frame
(ALP) 1.0 Duke credit. 

Faculty instructor: Prof. Andrew Weinstein

Through class meetings and museum visits, students  will investigate the idea of the museum, in particular how the presentation of artworks within a museum framework affects the public reception of the work.

NOTE: Students may petition to enroll in a course at New York University for transfer credit in lieu of taking a third Duke course. 


NYU Courses for Transfer Credit

Students may petition to enroll in a course at New York University for transfer credit in lieu of selecting a Duke elective. 

Below is a list of NYU courses that have been approved for transfer credit

New courses are subject to departmental approval at Duke. The NYU course catalog can be searched here.

  • ANST-UA 400 Ethics and Animals
  • CAMHS-UA 144 Looking Back on Growing Up
  • CAMHS-UA 180 Drugs and Kids
  • CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction and Poetry
  • CRWRI-UA 820 Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • CSCI-UA 4 Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles
  • CSCI-UA 102 Data Structures
  • DWPG-UT 1045 Screenwriting II
  • ENGL-UA 250 18th and 19th Century African American Literature
  • ENGL-UA 505 Restoration and 18th Century Drama
  • ENGL-UA 540 British Literature of the Transition, 1870-1914
  • FMTV-UT 146 Performance Strategies for Transfer Students
  • HIST-UA 12 Modern Europe
  • HIST-UA 272 20th Century European Capitalism
  • HIST-UA 516 Zionism and the State of Israel
  • HIST-UA 695 Women, the Entertainment Industry, and the Blacklist Era
  • IRISH-UA 181 Topics in Irish History
  • JOUR-UA 503 Journalism & Society: History of the News
  • JOUR-UA 503 Journalism & Society: Minorities & the Media
  • MAP-UA 722 Expressive Cultures: Architecture in New York
  • MCC-UE 1401 Global Cultures & Identities
  • MCC-UE 1760 Innovations in Marketing
  • MEDI-UA 76 Etymology
  • MKTG-UB 1 Introduction to Marketing
  • MUSIC-UA 153 Anthropology of Music: African American Women and Music
  • NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition and Health
  • OART-UT 1500 Iran's Art Activism
  • PHIL-UA 101 Topics in the History of Philosophy
  • POL-UA 330 American Constitutional Law
  • PSYCH-UA 25 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYCH-UA 300 Experiments in Beauty
  • RELST-UA 645 Religion and Media
  • REMU-UT 1240 Music Supervision & Building the Soundtrack
  • SCA-UA 180 Special Topics in Black Urban Studies: Underground Alien Outsider Queer/Black Culture at the Margins
  • SCA-UA 366 Constitution and Communities of Color
  • SCA-UA 601 Introduction to Metropolitan Studies
  • SOC-UA 21 Sex and Gender
  • SOC-UA 133 Comparative Modern Societies
  • SOC-UA 302 Statistics for Social Research
  • E11.1205 Hip Hop & The Teaching of English
  • E59.1517 Photography and the Visual Archive
  • H56.0033 Fundamentals of Dramatic and Visual Writing
  • H56.1095 Producing for Film
  • V05.0141 Child and Adolescent Brain Development: Applications from Neuroscience to Practice
  • V05.0160 Divorce in America
  • V13.0204 Comparative U.S. Ethnic Studies
  • V14.0123 Anthropology of the Media
  • V18.0762 Shaping the Urban Environment
  • V22.0001 Computers and Society
  • V22.0002 Introduction to Computers & Programming
  • V30.0296 History of American Musical Theatre
  • V30.0504 Cinema and Literature
  • V31.0001 Economic Principles I
  • V36.0400 Ethics and the Environment
  • V36.0450 Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Sustainability in Context
  • V43.0006 Modern Art
  • V43.0510 East Asian Art I: Art of China, Japan, and Korea, Neolithic to 1000 CE
  • V53.0844 Games, Strategy, and Politics
  • V54.0101 Journalistic Inquiry
  • V54.0501 Foundations of Journalism
  • V54.0503 Women and the Media
  • V58.0100 Modern Irish Language I
  • V58.0183 History of Modern Ireland II 1800-1922
  • V63.0120 Discrete Mathematics
  • V89.0022 Perception
  • V89.0029 Cognition
  • V89.0300 Social Attitudes
  • V90.0640 Religion, Sexuality, and American Public Life
  • V93.0937 Sociology of Childhood


A for-credit apprenticeship / work experience is a required part of the program. Students are responsible for securing their own work experience, which is typically unpaid. Program faculty and staff can give guidance in your search for a position, connecting you with our sizable list of professional contacts across various creative sectors. Students are required to work 15 to 20 hours per week throughout the semester.



Work Experience / Apprenticeship 
One Duke credit.

The work experience course involves immersion in the professional world through an internship in the arts, the nonprofit sector, television, film, or a business that interacts with the arts and media, such as advertising, entertainment law, music production, fashion, public relations, advertising, and events planning. Students are required to intern 15 to 20 hours per week; a maximum of 20 hours is strongly recommended. A 10- to 15-page research paper, involving a list of readings submitted early in the semester, is required for Duke credit. Offered only for Duke in New York Arts & Media students. Faculty instructor: Prof. Torgovnick available for consultation. 

Attention: International Students – If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), you will need to obtain the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship that is a required part of this program. Please contact Duke Visa Services immediately for assistance.



Duke in New York Arts & Media interns have an excellent reputation in a wide variety of organizations in New York, including nonprofits, corporations, performing arts centers, and media networks. Many former Duke in New York interns have been hired at full-time arts and media jobs after graduation, having made great contacts and gained invaluable experience while in the program.

While we cannot guarantee that students will get the internships of their dreams, we provide them with the guidance that will maximize their chances. By and large, Duke in New York Arts & Media students find internships in their fields of choice, and many get several offers.

Previous Duke in New York internships have included:

  • 3rd Ward
  • ABC News, Law and Justice Unit
  • ABCNews.com
  • Art & Commerce
  • Arts & Business Council
  • Big Beach Films
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Charlie Rose Show
  • CITYarts, Inc.
  • Cliff Freeman & Partners
  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • CNN
  • CosmoGIRL!
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Cynthia Steffe
  • Decca Label Group
  • Dress for Success
  • EIC Agency, LLC
  • Focus Features
  • FUSE
  • Gerald Peters Gallery
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • HBO
  • Jim Carnahan Casting (Roundabout Theatre)
  • LaForce & Stevens
  • LC Premiums, Ltd.
  • Learning Express, LLC
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Little Airplane Productions
  • Lowes Manhattan Cultural Council
  • Lumiere Productions
  • MACK Industries
  • Madison Square Gardens
  • Magnum Photos
  • Marie Claire
  • Moodswing 360
  • MTV, Nick Jr.
  • NBC Sports, Communications Department
  • NBC's Today Show
  • New York Musical Theatre Festival
  • Oddcast, Inc.
  • One Story
  • Opera News 
  • Picador Publishing (publicity Intern)
  • Playwrights Horizons (literary intern)
  • PRI's Studio 360 (WNYC)
  • Psychology Today
  • Robert AM Stern Architecture
  • Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine
  • Second Stage Theatre
  • Seventeen 
  • Sherry French Gallery
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Slowly I Turned Productions
  • Sony BMG, Columbia Publicity
  • Target Margin Theater
  • Temporary Residence Records, LLC
  • The Flea Theatre
  • The Literary Group International
  • The New York Observer
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Urban Justice Center Sex Workers Project
  • Warner Music Group
  • Warner/Elektra/Atlantic
  • Women’s Wear Daily


MMS Credit

The Markets and Management Studies Program may retroactively award elective credit at the MMS Program Director's discretion for your apprenticeship / work experience under certain conditions:

  • The project must have a business focus and must involve, for example, research and analysis of some sort.
  • It should result in a paper to be submitted for review by the Markets and Management Studies Director.

Projects that are not deemed acceptable are ones without critical thinking or any analysis. (For example, projects that provide only a description of the internship experience.)

Example Projects

  • An analysis of competitor websites for a firm and a redesign of a firm’s website with a paper highlighting the approaches taken by competitors versus the firm’s approach. Included in the final paper were secondary sources bolstering the decisions the firms made.
  • An analysis of pricing approaches taken by firms in a particular industry. The student produced a benchmarking study of several firms in the industry. Secondary sources used to explain the various approaches and their pros and cons. A resulting paper turned in to MMS.
  • An analysis of a particular product launch, highlighting what worked well and what did not work well. The student conducted post product launch surveys with customers and integrated that primary research into a paper.

Plan Your Project

It is important to think about what the project will be before and during the internship rather than writing something up after the internship is completed, hoping it will be accepted. The MMS Program's decision to award credit really depends on the effort you put in and the final project submitted.

It is strongly recommended that you schedule an appointment with the MMS Program Director to plan your project in advance:

Dr. Martha Reeves
MMS Program Director


In addition to engaging in a full academic experience, students participate in cultural excursions on a weekly basis. Activities include museum tours, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and performances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and legendary jazz clubs.

Students are provided with an American Association of Museums membership card, which gives them free access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

Past Excursions

In the past, program excursions have included:

Theater: Hedwig & the Angry Inc, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, And I And Silence, The Money Shot, This is Our Youth, The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night Time, The Last Ship, Six Characters in Search of an Author

Opera: Le Nozze de Figaro, Shakespeare's Sonnets

Music: Mahler's 1st Symphony, Vijay Iyer

Dance: Kontakthof, Complexions


Duke in New York students live at the St. George in Brooklyn Heights, one of the safest and nicest premier neighborhoods in the city. This residence includes three towers: St. George Studio, St. George Weller, and St. George Clark. All are connected by a lobby and student community center. Duke in New York students live in the St. George Studio and St. George Weller towers.

The St. George is managed by Educational Housing Services (EHS), a non-profit company that provides student housing in several areas of New York City. All residents of the St. George are students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities. EHS staff members also live in the building and are on hand at all times to assist student residents.

Each room has a refrigerator with a freezer, and a microwave. A central, shared kitchen is available for residents.

A limited number of single rooms is available, the remainder are doubles.

The Neighborhood

The historic Brooklyn Heights location of the St. George has much to offer, including close proximity to the Brooklyn Promenade, a popular walkway on the East River with great views of the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the city’s newest and largest park areas, is also accessible near the St. George.

The area around the St. George has everything to meet students' day-to-day needs, including restaurants, cafés, pharmacies, grocery stores, and banks. Multiple subway lines (2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, A, C, E) are within walking distance, so getting anywhere in the city is easy.


FALL 2018

These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $26,880 $26,880
Program Fee $500 $500
Housing Fee (see below) (see below)
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $33,010 $33,050

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 

Duke Financial Aid Office

Duke Bursar’s Office


Fall 2018

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events.

  • Arrival: August 26, 2018
  • Departure: December 8, 2018


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date. Students are free to check-out of their dorm room at the St. George in Brooklyn anytime between the last day of class and the start of the winter holidays. Students who opt for an NYU course elective may need to wait until mid to late December to complete their final exams before departing.


Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Marianna Torgovnick

Professor of English


Deadline: March 1

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens early October.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early.

Minimum GPA: The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students) on a scale of 4.0. 

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

International Students: If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), you will need to obtain the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship that is a required part of this program. Please contact Duke Visa Services immediately for assistance.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, gender or age.

Physical Requirements

Before applying to this program, please take into consideration the light physical demands required by some of this program’s activities. Activities include walking moderate distances on sometimes hilly, uneven, and/or cobbled terrain, climbing up stairs, using public transportation, and standing during tours and site visits. If you have questions or are concerned about any of these activities, please contact the faculty program director.


Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd:

  1. Online application
  2. Duke in NY Arts questionnaire (online)
  3. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  4. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  5. Academic letter of recommendation (1)