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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
Phone: +1 (919) 660-3695



General Information

Degree offered:
Faculty working with students:
24-30 (12-15 per matriculating class)
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:

Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts is a terminal degree offered with the support of three academic units: the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies, and Cinematic Arts. The MFA|EDA 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.  


Application Information

Application Terms Available

Application Deadline
January 31

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: Not required
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)
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. For a more detailed description of application requirements, please visit the program website at

Writing Sample
None required

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance