New MFA Program at Duke: Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts

A unique initiative, the new MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) at Duke University couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a two-year program.

Priority Application Deadline: January 30, 2011
Post-deadline applications will be reviewed as space allows

Guided by first-year advisors and a faculty thesis committee, students will explore a curriculum that blends studio practice, fieldwork, digital production, and critical theory, culminating in the completion of a thesis paper and an MFA exhibition. Students will work with faculty from the program’s three founding units: the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, as well as from the University at large.

MFAEDA students will create work that has impact – art that matters – including pioneering hybrids of documentary expression, experimental media, and new technologies. The program seeks applicants from across the arts spectrum, whether based in traditional fine arts such as painting, sculpture, documentary arts, writing, photography, and film, or so-called experimental practice such as computational and new media, sound work, performance, and installation.

Media Release

Duke’s First MFA (The Chronicle, September 21, 2010)