The MA in Visual Anthropology offers a unique opportunity to explore traditional and experimental means of using visual and audio-visual media to research, represent and produce anthropological knowledge. Our pioneering use of multimedia in anthropology is now complemented by an innovative interest in public and collaborative anthropology, critical engagement with policy and the use of audio-visual and internet based media in advocacy and activism.
Grounded in and committed to practice-led theory in social anthropology the course critically examines the relation of the visual to the other senses and the power of media to move people to action. It also seeks inspiration from outside of disciplinary boundaries for the purposes of engaging wider audiences.
The course is designed for those who wish to gain a strong grounding in Visual Anthropology while gaining practical skills and developing their own expertise and interests in new, productive and collaborative areas. Integration with linked modules in Social Anthropology ensures that the course widens career prospects and provides ideal preparation for further research.
The MA in Visual Anthropology is based on five courses assessed by five core essays, a research proposal, multimedia productions and a mixed AV/ text dissertation project of up to 15,000 words. The MA has a total 180 credit load. Visual Anthropology Theory, Anthropological Research Methods 2, Theory and Ethnography in Social Anthropology 1 & 2 are each worth 20 credits. The core practical course, Participatory (Audio-Visual) Ethnography is worth 40 credits. The dissertation is worth 60 credits. Students also attend the weekly staff/graduate student seminar, which provides a showcase for international, national and local scholarship in the field. There are two teaching terms of twelve weeks. Students have a month over Christmas and Easter to pursue their projects and are free to go into the field for their summer projects at the end of April.
As one of only four dedicated Visual Anthropology programmes in the UK we distinguish ourselves in six main ways:
- Integration with Social Anthropology
- Teaching by experts
- Experience based learning
- Small groups & excellent facilities
- Supportive, international & friendly atmosphere
- Flexible and mixed AV/Text dissertation
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