For its breadth of degree programs, Duke has always lacked a Master of Fine Arts program. Come next fall, that situation will be remedied as the university launches its MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts.
The two-year MFAEDA, accepting applicants now, is seeking students from a variety of artistic backgrounds whether they are traditional (e.g. sculpture, photography) or newer fields such as new media or sound work. The program builds on Duke’s existing programs in the Art, Art History, & Visual Studies department as well as at the Center for Documentary Studies and the Arts of the Moving Image program.
Situated in a growing arts community at Duke and in Durham, the program will undoubtedly expand the intellectual and artistic character in the Triangle. Although the MFAEDA will be based in the carpentry shop adjacent to Campus Drive, MFA students will undoubtedly benefit from the Nasher Museum as a great resource for leading-edge contemporary art. The museum, in turn, will benefit from relationships with these MFA students.