Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA) program launched in 2011 as a joint initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies, the Department of Art, Art History, & Visual Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image . In this video filmed at the Carpentry Shop, MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin speaks to the origins, importance, and aspirations of Duke’s first MFA program, as well as its foundation in the documentary arts.

In March and April, the fourteen students in the Class of 2015 will present their work in the annual MFA|EDA thesis exhibition, a monthlong, multi-venue affair kicking off March 20 at the Power Plant Plant Building in downtown Durham. Go to mfaeda2015.org for information on the artists, works, and events information for MFA|EDA 2015.

Grid image: Christopher Thomas (MFA|EDA Class of 2016), киномеханик (still), 2014, multimedia documentary (work-in-progress)