De Angela Duff

  • Industry Professor


De Angela L. Duff

De Angela L. Duff is currently an Industry Professor in Integrated Design & Media (IDM, formerly Integrated Digital Media) at NYU Tandon & an Associate Vice Provost at New York University (NYU). She has been at NYU since 2013. From 2013-2018, she was the former Co-Director of IDM.

Teaching in higher education since 1999, she is very passionate about educating students at the intersection of design, art, and technology. She was acknowledged for this passion by being awarded the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. One of her other passions is designing, developing, and evaluating higher education curricula in the emerging media and technology space, first at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and subsequently at Spelman College and New York University. She has also been in higher education administration since 2009. 

In her role as Associate Vice Provost, De Angela works closely with Vice Provosts Clay Shirky and Charlton McIlwain. She advises, guides, and evaluates University-wide, technology-enhanced teaching and learning initiatives in collaboration with others. She also serves a leadership role as a strategic advisor for the Faculty Resource Network (FRN). Additionally, she facilitates and hosts the yearlong FRN Leadership Initiative and the annual FRN Teach Share. She also assists with other leadership, faculty development, or teaching & learning initiatives managed by the Provost’s Office.

De Angela has a lot of academic and industry experience at the intersection of design, art, and technology. Prior to returning to NYU in 2019, she was the Co-Director of Spelman's Innovation Lab from 2018-2019. Prior to joining Spelman, she was the Co-Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Integrated Digital Media (IDM) and an Industry Associate Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn from 2013-2018. Prior to joining NYU Tandon, she was the Program Director and an Associate Professor of Design, Art & Technology (formerly Multimedia), and Web Development & Interaction Design within the College of Art, Media & Design, as well as an Interim Co-Director of the School of Design at The University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to UArts, she was an Art Director for Nettmedia, an NYC interactive design firm. Notable projects included art direction and lead design of BowieNet version 2.0,, as well as the design and development of a myriad of websites for the likes of The Roots, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, and many, many others.

De Angela's mission is to share her passion for music, photography, design, technology, creativity & productivity with others. She organizes @polishedsolid music and academic symposia and events, including the upcoming #EroticCity40 Symposium (2024) celebrating 40 years of Prince's Purple Rain, The Time's Ice Cream Castle, Sheila E.'s The Glamorous Life, and Apollonia 6's eponymous debut and #Come30 Virtual Symposium (2024) celebrating 30 years of Prince's Come.

She currently produces and co-hosts What Did Prince Do This Week? #WDPDTW. In the past, she also produced, co-hosted, and edited the Prince & Prince-related podcasts for the now defunct Grown Folks Music podcast network.

She co-organized the Learning To Teach Creative Technologies Remotely UnSymposium (2021) alongside her IDM colleagues.

Since 2011, she has also been conducting Time Warrior workshops on time & project management. 

Her words have been published in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture (2022), AMP: American Music Perspectives (2021), Journal of Popular Music Studies (2021)Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life (2020) & the Black Magnolias Literary Journal's Special Issue on Prince (2020). Her creative work has been featured in publications such as HOWPrint magazines, and the books, Now Loadingwww.animation: Animation Design for the World Wide Web. She is, also, one of the featured, educator interviews in the book, Code as Creative Medium: A Handbook for Computational Art and Design (2021). 

She has spoken on WNYC, BBC Manchester, and Minnesota Public Radio, and has judged Eyebeam's Trust Residency, Tribeca Film Institute's New Media Fund, and HOW's Interactive Design Competition.

De Angela also speaks at numerous conferences and events, internationally, including the upcoming All 7 Years: The Past, Present, and Future of Prince Studies at the University of Minnesota (2023). She has spoken at the 2nd Dayton Funk Symposium (Dayton, Ohio), Pop Conference 2021 (Virtual), Prince 78-88: An Interdisciplinary Conference (Virtual), Black Portraiture[s] VII (Rutgers University-Newark), V (NYU), IV (Harvard), III (South Africa), II (Florence, Italy) & II: Revisited (NYU), the Prince from MPLS symposium at the University of Minnesota, Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, EYEO in Minneapolis, MN, NYC's Creative Tech Week & Raising The Bar, AIGA’s Social Studies: Educating Designers in a Connected World at MiCA in Baltimore, Maryland, AIGA's Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media in Boston, MA, and HOW’s Annual Design Conference.

How did she get to where she is today? As a child growing up in Eutaw, Alabama, drawing wasn’t something De Angela decided to do on occasion. Drawing was something she did every single day, just like breathing, eating, and sleeping. By the time she was a teenager, her love of drawing had to make way for the power of typography, photography, and music. By 1996 while working for Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, she started fiddling around with the WWW by reverse engineering HTML on Mosaic, the first public web browser. By 1997, she moved to NYC to fulfill her dreams of becoming a world-class designer. By 1998, she wanted to inspire and help shape others, as others had for her, so she started sharing her love of design, art, and technology through teaching at The University of The Arts (UArts) in Philly. Now, she continues to share this passion with students at New York University.

Research Interests
Creative process and practice at the intersection of Design, Art, Music & Technology Creativity Collaborative Tools in Remote Work Course Management Systems Ideation and Prototyping Leadership Development Online Teaching and Learning Popular Music Culture (Prince & Betty Davis) 
Photographic Archives Tech-Enhanced Education Time and Project Management UI/UX Virtual Events and Conferences

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 1992
Bachelor of Science, Textiles

Georgia State University 1996
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Maryland Institute College of Art (MiCA) 2007
Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art (Photography)


  • DM-GY 6053 Ideation & Prototyping (Tandon Online)
  • DM-GY 6053 Ideation & Prototyping
  • DM-GY 6193 Web Studio
  • DM-GY 997X MS Thesis in Digital Media
  • DM-GY 9990 Graduate Colloquium


  • DM-UY 1123 Visual Foundation Studio
  • DM-UY 1143 Ideation & Prototyping
  • DM-UY 2173 Motion Graphics Studio
  • DM-UY 2193 Intro to Web Development
  • DM-UY 3193 Dynamic Web Applications
  • DM-UY 4003 Senior Project in Digital Media
  • DM-UY 4173 Professional Practices for Creatives