Applications for Fall 2019 MFA|EDA are no longer being accepted. Applications for Fall 2020 will be accepted October 21, 2019 - February 10, 2020.

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Application to the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts is a two-part process, consisting of 1) the Graduate School Application and 2) Portfolio Submission. Information and guidelines are below. 

Duke MFA|EDA is pleased to share the news that four new scholarships are available to incoming MFA|EDA students. Learn more about the The David and Elizabeth Roderick Scholarship Fund 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:
Sheila Dillon, Josh Gibson, Wesley Hogan, Tom Rankin

Visiting Artists:
Noah Angell, John Akomfrah, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Richard Ashrowan, Ruth Behar, Doug Block, Bill Brown, Bill Burke, Vince Cianni, Nancy Cohen, Steve Cossman, Marshall Curry, David Degner, Nathaneil Dorsky, Jim Dow, Thomas Drysdale, Eliot Dudik, Cheryl Dunn, Kianga Ford, LaToya Ruby Frazier, David Gatten, Sam Green, Henry Horenstein, Peter Hutton, Bruce Jackson, Erin Johnson, Kim Knowles, Michael Kruger, Nate Larson, Larissa Leclair, Laida Lertxundi, Jen Liu, Jack Loeffler, James Longley, Ava Lowrey, Mark McElhatten, Dana Miller, Darius Clark Monroe, Bill Morrison, Zanele Muholi, Stanley Nelson, Mariette Pathy-Allen, Jenelle Porter, Megan Prelinger, Rick Prelinger, Laura Poitras, Lucia Small, Mary Virginia Swanson, Jared Ragland, Steve Roden, Libi Rose, Bayete Ross-Smith, Euphus Ruth, M.J. Sharp, Shahzia Sikander, Mark Steinmetz, Deborah Stratman, Tamiko Thiel, Wu Wenguang, Yvonne Welbon, Ryan White, Marco Williams, Karen Yasinsky, Robert Yeoman

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