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.
- Experimental and Documentary Arts: Master's Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
- Experimental and Documentary Arts: Master's Career Outcomes Statistics
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 http://mfaeda.duke.edu.
We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance