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Master of Philosophy in Visual Anthropology


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Philosophy in Visual Anthropology
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree social, visual or cultural anthropology and statement of purpose
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April, EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
Application code:

Nordic applicants: 5057

EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 7165

Non-EU applicants: 2038

Programme description

The Department of Social Science offers a two-year full-time Master's programme in Visual Anthropology. This programme aims 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 Visual Anthropology 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 UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and a further award for educational quality from the Ministry of Education.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) SVF-3110 Conveying social realities: Exploring audio-visual narrative strategies - 10 stp. SVF-3111 History of Ethnographic Film and Visual Anthropology - 10 stp. SVF-3114 Introduction to ethnography and ethnographic film - 10 stp.
2. sem. (spring) SVF-3109 Project description with fieldwork - 20 stp. SVF-3115 Contemporary themes in social anthropology - 10 stp.
3. sem. (autumn) SVF-3903 From Fieldwork Experience to Ethnographic Film and Text - 60 stp.

Learning outcomes

After completing successfully the programme, students are expected to have acquired the following learning outcomes.

Knowledge - the candidate:

Skills - the candidate:

General competences - the candidate:

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.

Students are not allowed to use private equipment. The university's film and editing equipment and software must be used in all classes for both coursework assignments and Master's film.

This Master's degree is an intensive programme. All courses are compulsory and demand active participation from the students.

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Exchange possibilities

Students have the possibility to carry out their fieldwork abroad.

Job prospectives

A degree in Visual Anthropology can open doors to a variety of national and international positions in social research, television and film production, administration, communication, museums, youth and education programmes, etc. Studying in such an international environment develops competences in cross-cultural communication as well as valuable assets to a number of career options.

Access to further studies

On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD programme in a number of academic areas at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway or elsewhere.