Master Visual Anthropology

Master Visual Anthropology

Structure and Program Outline

The program consists of 6 semesters (three years), including the master’s thesis and final media project. Students have the possibility to complete the program after 5 semester (two and a half years). Overall, the program is comprised of 46 days where attendance is required in Münster in Germany. The in-house classes will be offered as block courses.

The three-year Master Program was designed with working professionals in mind enabling students to study and work at the same time. Students have the choice whether to stay in Germany for the period of the master program or to travel to Germany just for the in-house classes and spend and work the rest of the year in their home country. Nevertheless students need to to prepare and follow up, write essays, finish film projects etc., so there will be a lot to work on during the days between the in-house classes.

Students receive the seminar documents in digital form. An important platform for the Master program is Adobe Connect. This is a multimedia web communication system, which enables students to attend online and in real-time. Students can upload their own productions and receive support. Lecturers and students can also communicate over this platform.


Examination and Graduation

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a Master of Arts from the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster).

The master program comprises 120 ECTS credit points. For modules 1-7, credits are based on attendance, active participation, and the passing of a final exam at the end of each module. As part of module 8, students must complete a practical phase. 

Written and media practical examinations will be undertaken in every module:

  • Module 1: Essay
  • Module 2: Essay
  • Module 3: Essay & Short film
  • Module 4: Essay & Media ethnography
  • Module 5: Essay
  • Module 6: Essay & Film/Media project
  • Module 7: Research Proposal
  • Module 8: Practical phase & experience report
  • Module 9: Master’s thesis & Practical media project

Additionally regular coursework credits must also be undertaken within the modules (e.g. film analysis, oral presentations, photo essays etc.).

In the final module, students write a master’s thesis and create a practical media project in the form of a documentary film (30-40 minutes), a multimedia exhibition/ installation or a web media project. Both need to be completed within 6 months.  

Immediately following the program, students are invited to exhibit their works in a public exhibition. This will take place on a weekend after the programme has concluded. Participation is voluntary. However, it is a good opportunity to make professional contacts and improve prospects.

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