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Anthropology and Visual Studies

University of Siena
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
University of Siena

About this program

Anthropology and Visual Studies

The master’s degree course in Anthropology and visual studies offers the possibility of a fully disciplinary specialization, thanks to the presence of a differentiated offer of anthropological teachings of classical cut, which however focus on the emerging themes of contemporaneity, and at the same time to practice interdisciplinary paths, in particular those aimed at artistic and communicative practices, at cultural representations, experimenting an original weaving with the area of visual studies, thanks to the contributions of semiology, qualitative sociology, spectacle disciplines.

Admission requirements

Bachelor/Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

After you have applied, an Enrolment Committee will assess your competences and skills against the requirements of the MSc Programme.

Admission criteria

The admission to the Master of a graduate who is in possession of a degree awarded by a foreign University or an equivalent foreign institute is evaluated by the Didactic Committee through a case by case assessment, considering the documentation received through online procedures, on the basis of the relevance and consistency of the qualification obtained abroad (and of the entire training course) with the training objectives of the Master, as well as linguistic knowledge.

Procedures at the Italian Diplomatic Representatives

Non-EU citizens

Non-EU citizens are invited to contact the Italian Diplomatic Representation of their countries as soon as possible in order to obtain all the required documents for the pre-enrollment at the University of Siena and for information regarding the VISA process.

EU citizens – Non EU citizens with regular permit to stay – Italians with degrees obtained abroad

They must contact the appropriate Italian Diplomatic Representation in order to obtain all the documents required for enrollment in the University of Siena.

Language requirements

In order to take the MSc courses, students must have an adequate knowledge of the English language, at minimum B2 level, as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students can demonstrate the required knowledge level either through an approved international certification (see the list) of international certifications recognized by the University of Siena), or by passing a B2 level exam at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA).

Knowledge of Italian language

The Italian language proficiency test is compulsory for all non-EU candidates residing abroad who enroll in a course taught in Italian and who do not have a language certification that allows the exemption from the test.

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

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Program content

The degree course in Anthropology and Visual Studies has two curricula taught Italian:

  • Anthropology and social research
  • Anthropology of image and entertainment.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for information.

Program delivery

In addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method also in the next Academic Year, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or video recorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.


The tuition fee is calculated according to the country of origin and ranges from a minimum of € 756 to a maximum of € 2406 (per year).


Credits - 120 ECTS

Awards - MA (LM-1 Class of master's degrees in Cultural anthropology and ethnology)

Career paths

Graduates, according to the individual in-depth study pursued within the two curricula, will be able to work with public bodies and institutions of a private nature that operate in the field of social and cultural intervention.

Graduates who have studied in depth the anthropology of the image and the show, will be able to access the employment fields of expressive design, artistic production and the various creative activities connected to the enhancement and protection of the cultural heritage, of the museum and archival management, the protection of demo-ethno-anthropological assets, the enhancement of traditional knowledge and expressive skills.

Those who have opted for social research will be able to turn to governmental and non-governmental voluntary and development support organizations, as well as, within the voluntary sector and public social intervention, to those organizations that are interested in migratory flows and the policies of acceptance and control of the processes of exclusion (racism, gender discrimination) and dependency (forms of access to work, political representation). Also the institutions that preside over the positive processes of valorisation of the phenomena of hybridization (scholastic integration, neighborhood) of affirmation of new social subjectivities and new forms of family and collective life, of enhancing the communicative and expressive heritages of the popular and basic cultural tradition.

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University of Siena

The University of Siena is one of the most a prestigious and historical European Athenaeum (year of foundation 1240); through the centuries it has been consolidating an excellent quality of teaching and research. Now this University is facing a rapidly...

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University of Siena

Banchi di Sotto, 55
53100 Siena

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