General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 16
  • Students: 24-30 (12-15 per matriculating class)
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: January 31
Application Info


Guo-Juin Hong
Director of Graduate Studies
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
Duke University
Box 90800
Durham, NC  27708-0800
Phone: +1 (919) 660-3695



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: Fall

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