Interested individuals are encouraged to apply to the Center’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Expression program, which began in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. The MFA is a two-year (30-hour) graduate program that combines coursework in Southern Studies and interdisciplinary fields with advanced training in photography, film, and audio production. Join us to expand your knowledge, learn something new, or to blend your interests in new ways, and also to acquire a terminal degree in a unique program.

Coursework in cultural studies, paired with advanced training in production, enables students to tell compelling and nuanced stories of a complicated region and world. Many of the Center’s interdisciplinary faculty use documentary methods in their own research and teaching. Faculty and staff at the Center’s institutes, the Southern Documentary Project and the Southern Foodways Alliance, play a major role in instruction and mentoring in the MFA program.

In a recent event, MFA students showed and discussed their documentary photography and films.

In August 2018 the program graduated its first student.

Contact Graduate Coordinator Katie McKee with questions at