Visual Cultural Studies - master
|Qualification:||Master of Philosophy in Visual Cultural Studies.|
|Admission requirements:||Bachelor's degree in social science and statement of purpose|
|Application deadline:||April 15|
The Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology offers a two-year full-time Master's programme in Visual Cultural Studies (VCS). The aim of this programme is to teach students how to produce knowledge about people's lives and cultures through an exploration of their everyday lives based on the use of qualitative social science research methods and ethnographic film. The programme combines lectures in academic theory and method, filmmaking and practical instruction in camerawork, sound recording and editing.
The students at the Master's programme follow a set of courses the first two semesters before they travel on fieldwork. Based on this fieldwork, the students write a Master's Thesis and make an ethnographic film. For a complete setup of the programme, please refer to the Programme structure below.
The films produced at VCS are well known for their quality. Every year several films are selected for international documentary and ethnographic film festivals. The originality of the program has led to a special educational prize from The University of Tromsø and a further award for educational quality from the Ministry of Education.
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For each programme at the University of Tromsø there are set targets for knowledge, analytical understanding and skills and competences that a student should have reached by the end of studies.
A full list of targets can be found the programme Study plan at the bottom of the page.
Admission to the Master's programme in Visual Cultural Studies requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in the social sciences or a related field in the humanities. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required. Applicants must enclose an application essay written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master`s Thesis project.
All deadlines described below is for admittance to the programme commencing in the autumn semester. Visual Cultural Studies do not admit new students in the spring semester.
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th.The application deadline for students outside the Nordic countries (self-financed applicants) is December 1st. More information is available here: General admission requirements for self-financed applicants.
The application deadline for quota aplicants is December 1st. More information is available here: General admission requirements for qouta applicants.
Teaching and assessment
The programme is organised as a continuous participatory learning process: lectures, screenings, writing and filming assignments, and seminars make up the unique cumulative learning process of the two year course. Students are encouraged to collaborate with each other in developing skills and understandings throughout the study.
The programme includes various types of examinations and coursework requirements, such as essays, research papers, and film presentations. Please note that some courses have coursework requirements. Only students whose coursework requirements have been approved will be allowed to sit the examination.
Teaching and assessment methods are described in the course plan for each course.
This Master's degree is an intensive programme. All courses are compulsory and demand active participation from the students.