MFA|EDA Call for Applications: Fall 2022 Admission

Duke University welcomes applications to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), a groundbreaking interdisciplinary arts program.  

For Fall 2022 admission, applications will be accepted until February 4, 2022.

Application and Information Here   

A unique initiative, the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a rigorous two-year program.  For more than three decades, Duke has demonstrated leadership in documentary arts, film and video, and visual studies.  Drawing upon this commitment to the arts, as well as the University’s existing strengths in historical, theoretical and technological scholarship, the MFA|EDA offers a distinct learning environment that sees interdisciplinary education as a benchmark for significant innovation.

The MFA|EDA requires fifteen courses over four semesters:  ten core courses in prescribed sequence and five elective courses.  Guided by first-year advisors and a faculty thesis committee, students explore a curriculum that blends studio practice, fieldwork, digital media and critical theory, culminating in the completion of a thesis paper and MFA exhibition. Students work with faculty from the program’s three founding units—the Department of Art, Art History and 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.

MFA|EDA students will create work that has impact, 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. Successful candidates will be well versed in their existing practice, and will be eager to push the boundaries of their work via interaction with cohorts from diverse backgrounds.

Graduates will support themselves with employment as leaders in higher education, filmmaking, media production, entertainment, journalism, the art world, and related fields, demonstrating the role of the arts both in the academy and in society at large.

Program Director:
Tom Rankin

Executive Committee:
Josh Gibson, Paul Jaskot, Opeyemi Olukemi, Tom Rankin

Visiting Artists:
Razan AlSalah, Noah Angell, John Akomfrah, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Richard Ashrowan, Ephraim Asili, Claire Beckett, Ruth Behar, Doug Block, Bill Brown, Margaret Brown, Bill Burke, Keith Calhoun, Vince Cianni, Nancy Cohen, Steve Cossman, Marshall Curry, David Degner, Nathaniel Dorsky, Jim Dow, Thomas Drysdale, Eliot Dudik, Cheryl Dunn, Geoff Dyer, Kevin Jerome Everson, Helga, Fanderl, Kianga Ford, LaToya Ruby Frazier, David Gatten, Jon-Sesrie-Goff, Peter Goin, Sam Green, Allan Gurganus, Sky Hopinka, Henry Horenstein, Peter Hutton, Bruce Jackson, Erin Johnson, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Kim Knowles, Michael Kruger, Nate Larson, Larissa Leclair, Laida Lertxundi, Jeanne Liotta, Jen Liu, Jack Loeffler, James Longley, Ava Lowrey, Deborah Luster, Chandra McCormick, Mark McElhatten, Dana Miller, Darius Clark Monroe, Bill Morrison, Zanele Muholi, Stanley Nelson, Jing Niu, Mariette Pathy-Allen, Jenelle Porter, Megan Prelinger, Rick Prelinger, Laura Poitras, Lucia Small, Mary Virginia Swanson, Jared Ragland, Dominick Rapone, Vic Rawlings, Steve Roden, Libi Rose, RaMell Ross, Bayete Ross-Smith, Euphus Ruth, M.J. Sharp, Shahzia Sikander, Jeff Silva, Mark Steinmetz, Renee Stout, Deborah Stratman, Tamiko Thiel, Natasha Trethewey, Naomi Uman, Wu Wenguang, Yvonne Welbon, Ryan White, Marco Williams, Chi-Hui Yang, Karen Yasinsky, Robert Yeoman


More information on the program, faculty, curriculum and application guidelines are available on the MFA|EDA website at . Additional inquiries may be sent to

Applications accepted until February 4, 2022

Duke University
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
1509 Campus Drive
Campus Box 90800
Durham, NC


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