Visual Anthropology Master at the Arctic University of Norway
Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Anthropology you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory, and ethnographic film making in an international environment, culminating with the production of your very own film and written thesis.
The Department of Social Science offers a two-year full-time Master’s programme in Visual Anthropology. 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 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.