The Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts is a terminal degree offered jointly by three academic units: the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. The MFA 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.

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 to the program is the notion of creative engagement through the arts and the role of the artist in society. Graduates are expected to generate work that has impact both within and outside the academy.

The MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts is a two-year degree program requiring 15 courses over 4 semesters: 10 required (Core) courses in prescribed sequence and 5 electives.

  • 5 Studio courses: Documentary Fieldwork, Experiments in the Moving Image, Computational Media, Thesis Writing Workshop and Thesis Project Workshop.
  • 5 Seminars: Continuity and Change in Experimental and Documentary Arts, Critique I-IV.
  • 5 Electives complete the requirements, with one required as supporting thesis research and preparation ("Methods")

USA requirements for international students

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Program requirements

Hold a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution.Submit scanned electronic transcripts from all post-secondary school education.Submit three letters of recommendation.Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes a personal history detailing one's practice and relationship to documentary and experimental visual arts, as well as what the applicant seeks to achieve through participation in the program. We encourage you to include specific information on past endeavors as well as projects that you wish to undertake during your study. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
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