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MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts

Duke University welcomes applications to its MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA), a new program and the first-ever Master of Fine Arts at the university. For the inaugural class of Fall 2011, applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled, with priority given to those candidates applying by 30 January 2011.

The MFAEDA is a unique initiative that couples experimental visual practice with the documentary arts in a rigorous two-year programme. Building on 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 innovation. The programme combines core courses and electives in critical theory, studio practice and independent study, culminating in the completion of a thesis paper and MFA exhibition.

MFAEDA students will be encouraged to push the boundaries of their work via interaction with cohorts from diverse arts backgrounds. Successful candidates will be well versed in their existing practice, and will be eager to collaborate with colleagues whose efforts - while different from their own - will enrich and challenge their creative output. To that end, the programme seeks students from across the arts spectrum, whether based in traditional fine arts such as painting, sculpture, documentary arts, photography and film, or so-called experimental practice such as computational and new media, sound work, and installation.

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 mfaeda@duke.edu.