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Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts

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Director of Graduate Studies
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
Duke University
Box 90800
Durham, NC  27708-0800
+1 919 660 3695


General Information

Degree offered:
Faculty working with students:
30 (15 per matriculating class)
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:
Test required:
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts is a terminal degree offered jointly by three academic 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. The MFA brings together two forms of artistic activity—the documentary approach and experimental production in analog, digital, and computational media—in a unique program that will foster collaborations across disciplines and media as it trains sophisticated, creative art practitioners.  The ideal candidate has a well-established practice in documentary arts, film/video and new media, or experimental technology, and seeks a program with a pioneering focus on stimulating aesthetic production outside of traditional contexts.  

Other Requirements

Each applicant must submit a portfolio consisting of representative examples of their work, as well as a statement of purpose detailing their practice and relationship to documentary and experimental visual arts.  Portfolio applications are submitted electronically via the program's Slideroom portal, while the general Duke Graduate School application is submitted via Apply Yourself.  For a more detailed description of application requirements, please visit the program website at


Spring Application