Courses of Study and Degree Requirements

The MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts is a two-year degree program requiring 15 courses over 4 semesters: 9 required (Core) courses in prescribed sequence, and 6 electives. 

  • 4 Core Studio courses: Documentary Fieldwork, Experiments in the Moving Image, Thesis Writing Workshop, and Thesis Project Workshop.
  • 5 Core Seminar courses: Continuity and Change in Experimental and Documentary Arts, Critique I - IV.
  • Electives complete the degree requirement minimum, with one required as supporting thesis project ("Methods"), and one required in an emerging technology ("Comp Media").

Each student’s culminating project will be presented in a second year Spring MFA Exhibition. A written thesis on the project is also required.

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)