MFA|EDA at The Carpentry Shop

The main home of the program is the MFA Carpentry Shop, a renovated historic brick warehouse on Duke's East Campus that houses studio space, work facilities and the program's administrative office.  Students are provided with individual work tables in an open shared studio floor, as well as storage lockers, and flexible project space as needed. The facility also includes a lab space with computers and HD screening capabilities, a fully equipped editing room, and a conference space.

Power Plant Gallery

A laboratory for documentary and experimental art practices at Duke University, the Power Plant Gallery provides ongoing opportunities for Duke students, faculty, and staff and Durham communities to consider the essential role and transformative capacity of the arts in society.The gallery is a vibrant 1,500-square-foot space located on the ground floor of the Power Plant at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, a dynamic facility that also includes the Full Frame Theater, a state-of-the-art screening space with digital projection, as well as the Boiler Room, a unique event venue flanked by mammoth coal-fired boilers used in the original building. The offices of the Center for Documentary Studies’ Full Frame Documentary Film Festival are also housed on the first floor of the building. With renovations completed in 2012, the Power Plant still bears the traces of its remarkable history.

The Power Plant gallery at American Tobacco Campus is a joint initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University.

Additional Facilities

Additional computer labs are available in the nearby Smith Warehouse and at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS).

The East Duke Building contains seminar rooms with teleconferencing capabilities and informal exhibition space, as well as an extensive Visual Media Center, a continuously expanding collection of digital image and a 35mm slide archive that support the daily teaching and ongoing research of the faculty and graduate students. The Smith Warehouse and the Center for Documentary Studies also have exhibition spaces, and CDS maintains two professional darkrooms and a photo printing lab. In addition, the University has in place an impressive array of facilities, including the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DIVE), a 13- by 5-foot high-definition multi-touch interactive visualization wall (Renaissance Computing Center), and an 18-panel tiled wall display (The Link) to provide unique production and exhibition venues for MFA students.

Schedule A Visit

Applicants wishing to visit campus are advised to contact the MFA program office and arrange appointments as far in advance as possible.