Course Planner

The MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts is a two-year degree program requiring 15 courses over 4 semesters: 9 required courses (Core) in prescribed sequence, and 6 electives. The presecribed sequence is below. Electives for MFA|EDA students are commonly found in Arts of the Moving Image, Art-Art History-Visual Studies, and the Center for Documentary Studies, but elective options are not limited to those departments.

YEAR 1 – FALL

  • Documentary Fieldwork (3 units) Exploration of the range of mediums and approaches to community-based documentary work that expresses both cultural/political realities through a personal point of view.
  • Elective: (3 units) 
  • Elective: (3 units) 
  • Critique I (1 unit)

YEAR 1 – SPRING

  • Experiments in the Moving Image (3 units) Techniques and methodologies of experimental film and video production. Final project required.  
  • Continuity and Change in Experimental and Documentary Arts (3 units) Historical and conceptual survey of documentary studies with attention to experimental and artistic practices. Final paper required.
  • Elective: (3 units) 
  • Critique II (1 unit)

SUMMER

  • Individual Thesis Research

YEAR 2 – FALL

  • Thesis Writing Workshop (3 units)
  • Elective: (3 units) 
  • Elective: (3 units) 
  • Critique III (1 unit)

YEAR 2 – SPRING

  • Thesis Project Workshop (3 units) Production and completion of thesis project.
  • Elective: (3 units) 
  • Critique IV (3 units)