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MA Visual Anthropology

Goldsmiths, University of London
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Open House
11/10/2021
Open House
11/11/2021
Open House
11/12/2021
Virtual open day
11/22/2021
Virtual open day
11/23/2021
Virtual open day
11/24/2021
Virtual open day
11/25/2021
Virtual open day
11/26/2021
English
Start dates
London
17 January 2022

London
03 May 2022

Program description

MA Visual Anthropology

The MA Visual Anthropology offers a unique combination of anthropological theory and visual practice. It provides you with a strong foundation for producing visual work informed by anthropology.

Why study MA Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll approach visual anthropology through the study of the politics and aesthetics of representation, documentary and ethnographic film, and anthropological perspectives on art.
  • As a practice-oriented MA, there is a clear emphasis on applying anthropological knowledge to the actual making of visual artefacts, and not just their analysis.
  • The MA is open to people with a range of backgrounds in anthropology and related fields, so you’ll join a diverse group of students with varying perspectives.
  • As a graduate, you’ll be well-placed to pursue a career in visual anthropology (be it research- or practice-oriented) as well as to bring an anthropological sensibility to the visual to other disciplines.
  • You’ll have hands-on training in the use of digital camcorders, sound recording equipment and video editing, preparing you for your final visual project – a 20-minute film – as well as giving you practical vocational skills for after you graduate.

Admission requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

Compulsory Modules

  • Ethnographic Film and Cinema Studies
  • Directions and diversions in visual anthropology 
  • Anthropology of Art 1 
  • Anthropology Video Production 

Option modules

  • Anthropology and Gender Theory
  • Anthropology of Health and Medicine
  • Platforms for Action: Placement module 
  • Anthropological Approaches to History
  • Economic and Political Anthropology 1
  • Economic and Political Anthropology 2
  • Borders and Migration 
  • Learning from Social Movements
  • Anthropology and the Visual Production Course
  • Psychology and Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Rights
  • Gender Theory in Practice
  • Critical Voices in Development
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Digital Anthropology (PG)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Local students - full-time:£10870
  • Local students - part-time: £5435
  • International students - full-time £21180

Career opportunities

The unique combination of theory, research and practice that structures the MA in Visual Anthropology will prepare you for a diverse range of employment opportunities. Past graduates have gone on to work in:

  • Video production, both commercial and independent
  • Film editing and videography
  • Production and programming of film festivals
  • Ethnographic and visual research in both academic and commercial settings
  • Teaching

In addition, you can use this programme as a springboard for further study, either vocational or intellectual (including entry into MPhil/PhD programmes).

In short, the multiple skills – intellectual, critical and creative – developed by the MA in Visual Anthropology will provide you with the flexibility of thought and approach necessary for creative insertion into the global job market. 

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...


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8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
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