The Center for Documentary Studies cofounded Duke University’s first Master of Fine Arts program, the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA) program, which brings together the documentary approach and experimental production in analog, digital, and computational media. This unique two-year program fosters collaborations across disciplines and media as it trains sophisticated, creative art practitioners.
The philosophy of the program is guided by a belief in the intersection of personal artistic work with interpretive knowledge and of the relevance of the individual documentary/experimental artist within the cultural history and life of communities. A key component of the program is the notion of creative engagement through the arts and the role of the artist in society.
The MFA program was founded by CDS and Duke’s Arts of the Moving Image program and Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.