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A two-semester creative lab where students take their ongoing creative projects—screenplays, films, stage plays, choreography, poetry, manuscripts, digital media, and more—to the next level with support from creative industry professionals


StudioDuke is a two-semester creative lab and mentorship program providing students the opportunity to take their advanced, on-going creative projects to the next level of awesome. StudioDuke is a program of Duke I&E in collaboration with Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network (DEMAN), and Duke Arts.

Students are matched with creative industry professionals (including Duke alumni) for one-on-one mentorship that kicks off early in the fall semester.

Here’s how it works: Project submissions can range from advanced screenplays, films, stage plays, choreography, poetry, comedy, music composition or performance, to fine arts, digital media, and manuscripts — many developed during independent studies and in the classroom.

Submissions will be reviewed by the StudioDuke team to be selected into an annual StudioDuke cohort. Selected projects can be pursued by students as an independent study, an experiential component of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate, or for no academic credit whatsoever.

Mentors: Each StudioDuke student will be paired with a mentor based on the nature of the project, its genre, and the industry expertise needed to shape and refine the creative venture. Student-mentor teams will work together throughout the semester and perhaps beyond to evaluate the creative potential of each project and then to edit, evolve, and elevate the work through creative iteration.

The goal is to bring each project to the point where it is ready to be presented to industry professionals. The StudioDuke team will help facilitate connections, resources, and logistics to support the project. Students will participate in programming aimed to help advance their creative projects and career opportunities.

This program provided a space of encouragement, inspiration and guidance. It matched me with a mentor that not only could answer my many questions but who also gave me a real example of what my career could look like. Cara O’Malley T’ 18
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Presentations: Students will give ten-minute, pitch-style presentations on their projects and strategies during virtual cohort dinners throughout the semester.” Please change it to “students will give… during in person cohort meals throughout the semester.

Weekly Updates: In addition to our monthly dinners, students will share weekly updates on mentor communications, progress on projects, challenges, questions, next steps, etc. with the cohort.

Mentor Check-ins: Students will connect with mentors at least once a month by email, phone, or Zoom. Students will also have one-on-one check-in and strategy sessions with Amy during the semester.

Presentations: Students will give ten-minute, pitch-style presentations on their projects and strategies during virtual cohort dinners throughout the semester.

Schedule 2022-2023

June 23, 2021StudioDuke application opens
August TBDI&E Fest: Learn about StudioDuke
September 10, 2022 at 11:59pm ETDeadline for StudioDuke application
October 2022 – April 2023Cohort meals/mentor meetings


Example of StudioDuke and I&E Certificate pathway (for undergraduates):

Gateway elective: I&E 140 Create, Innovate, Act! OR I&E 295S Arts Entrepreneurship
Keystone: I&E 352 Strategies for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Experience One (300 Hours) – StudioDuke
*Students get credit for Elective and 150-Hour Experience
Third Year Spring
Duke in LA*
Third Year Summer
Duke in Chicago* (Arts Entrepreneurship)
I&E 499 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Capstone

Example of StudioDuke and Cinematic Arts Concentration or Minor Pathway (for undergraduates):

VMS 261S Moving Image Practice OR VMS 289 Intro to Film Studies OR VMS 202 Introduction to Visual Studies
VMS practice course from the list of approved Cinematic Arts courses
Spring SemesterDuke in LA 
Apply for Distinction Project and put together Distinction Committee
Fall Semester
VMS 497S Advanced Visual Practice or Cinematic Arts Capstone
Spring Semester
Independent Study Distinction Project in conjunction with StudioDuke

StudioDuke is a program of Duke I&E in collaboration with DukeArts and DEMAN, and has been made possible by a generous gift from Clifford Chanler (T’82).

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Frequently Asked Questions
StudioDuke Mentors & Students

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