Fall Semester

Duke in New York Fall: Arts & Media is a full, four course Duke semester that immerses you in the cultural, artistic, professional, and personal life of New York City. Through lectures, tours, and coordinating events, the team-taught core courses build a solid basis for a Fall semester that includes lively discussion of books, plays, iconic places, articles, and films.

- FALL COURSES -

ENG 312A The Arts in New York: Core Course Topic

The Arts in New York: A Thematic Approach (Documenting New York). ALP, R, W

(Cross listed as PUB POLICY 312A, THEATER STUDIES 213A, VISUAL & MEDIA STUDIES 259AI&E and MMS eligible)

The goal of this course is to familiarize you with New York City in terms of its history, neighborhoods, cultural icons, and wealth of cultural and artistic production. 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.

Given our goal, some of our classes and assignments as well as all coordinating events will take place in the physical and creative spaces outside the classroom. In-class lectures include: Ellis Island -- Classic Immigration Narratives; the Languages of New York; Origins Revisited – Rethinking New York; Culture with a Capital C – MoMA, Music, and Lincoln Center; New York in the Movies; New York in Fiction. Classes also include preps and debriefs for the roughly 14 events we attend together. Student reports. Short Research Papers. A Semester Project that may be critical or creative but includes both research and a written component. ALP, R, W.

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ENG 310A Making Media: a Guest Speaker Course

The Business of Art and Media. ALP, STS

(Cross listed as ART HISTORY 313A, VISUAL & MEDIA STUDIES 301A, I&E and MMS eligible)

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. Open only to students in the Duke in New York Arts & Media program. Faculty and staff. One course.

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.

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ENG 313A Work experience/apprenticeship (for duke credit)

(Cross listed as ART HISTORY 312A, THEATER STUDIES 214A, VISUAL & MEDIA STUDIES 296A) 

*** Duke in NY Arts & Media counts towards the I & E certificate, as a part of its experience requirement. The Work Experience / Apprenticeship course (313A) counts towards the MMS Certificate on a case by case basis. 313A also counts as a Duke course credit towards graduation even if you have already taken an internship for credit at Duke. If you wish credit towards your major, please confer with you departmental DUS.*** 

The work experience "course" involves immersion in the professional world through a job 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 work 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. Staff with Prof. Torgovnick available for consultation. One course.

  • Both the Fall & Summer programs have strong relationships with many potential employers: theater from Broadway to off-Broadway; artists in hip Brooklyn; museums like MoMA and the Guggenheim; media from Focus Features to MTV; publishing from Vogue to boutique agencies; businesses from advertising to law to public relations.
  • You find your own internship, but we'll provide tips and contacts along the way. We stay in touch and guide you through a paper that enriches your understanding of the internship experience and satisfies Duke requirements for course credit.

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NOTE: In addition to these required DINY courses, Fall students will also take one elective of their choosing, taught by Duke faculty, such as ENG 390: Museum as Frame; CUL ANTH 222SA: Sound in Social Life; or an approved NYU course by petition.

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fall 2016 elective option 1: ENG 390A THE MUSEUM AS FRAME

(Cross listed as VMS 390A ) 

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.

 

FALL 2016 ELECTIVE OPTION 2: CUL ANTH 222SA Sound in social life

(Cross listed as MUSIC 239SA and ICS 246SA )

Faculty Instructor: Louise Meintjes

Focus on sound in NYC, to consider sonic environments as socially cultivated and listening as a cultural practice, shaped by acoustic space. Includes study of music, recorded soundscapes (films, games, installations), built and ecological environments (parks, subways, streets, institutions, clubs, neighborhoods), the politics of sound-making, and the history and use of sound technology (sound production, reproduction, reception, acoustic materials). Worth one Duke credit. ALP, CCI, STS


- HOUSING -

Fall students stay at the St. George Dorm (55 Clark St New York, NY) in cool Northwest Brooklyn. The dorm is within walking distance of Manhattan; the 2 & 3 subway lines are right inside the building, and the A, C, E, N, R, 4 & 5 lines are just a few short blocks away.

MetroCards are provided each month and there is a communal kitchen for cooking meals. The quaint Brooklyn neighborhood includes cozy coffee spots, colorful markets, delicious eateries, yoga studios, shops, a library and river views.

 
                                                                            Fall students in the St. George Dorm

                                                                            Fall students in the St. George Dorm