Duke University: MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts

Duke University: MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts

Duke University

December 5, 2011
Duke University: MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts


Duke University welcomes applications to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA), now in its first year.  For admission in Fall 2012, the application deadline is January 30, 2012.


A unique initiative, the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) at Duke University 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 MFAEDA offers a distinct learning environment that sees interdisciplinary education as a benchmark for significant innovation.


The MFAEDA requires twelve 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 will 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 will 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.


MFAEDA students will create work that has impact—art that matters—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:
Stan Abe, Tom Rankin, Hans Van Miegroet


Core Faculty:
Stan Abe, David Gatten, Josh Gibson, Mark Hansen, Alex Harris, Pedro Lasch, Timothy Lenoir, William Noland, Richard Powell, Tom Rankin, Bill Seaman, Kristine Stiles, Victoria Szabo, Charlie Thompson.


More information on the program, faculty, curriculum and application guidelines are available on the MFAEDA website at mfaeda.duke.edu. Additional inquiries may be sent to the attention of Teka Selman, Assistant Director at [email protected].


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