MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA/EDA)

MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA/EDA)

Duke University

Tracy Fish, Overland Park, Kansas, 2015. Archival pigment print.
October 14, 2015
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA/EDA)

Application deadline: January 31, 2016

Duke University
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
1509 Campus Drive
Box 90800
Durham, NC 27708

[email protected]

Duke University welcomes applications to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA/EDA), a groundbreaking interdisciplinary arts program. For fall 2016 admission, the application deadline is January 31, 2016.

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 12 courses over four semesters: eight core courses in prescribed sequence and four 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 an 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 in so-called “experimental” practices 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, Wesley Hogan, Guo-Juin Hong, Tom Rankin,
Core faculty: Stan Abe, Bill Brown, Josh Gibson, Mark Hansen, Alex Harris, Patrick Herron, Guo-Juin Hong, Pedro Lasch, Jody McAuliffe, William Noland, Mark Olson, Richard Powell, Tom Rankin, Bill Seaman, Merrill Shatzman, Kristine Stiles, Libi Striegl, Victoria Szabo, Charles Thompson, and Hans Van Miegroet.


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



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