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.
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|First term (autumn)||
SVF-3101 Approaching Social Realities: Understanding Other Peoples’ Life-worlds
SVF-3102 Conveying social realities: Exploring audio-visual narrative strategies
|Second term (spring)||
SVF-3109 Anthropological Theory and Ethnographic Praxis
SVF-3107 Visual Ethnography and Ways of Knowing
|Third term (autumn)||
SVF-3903 From Fieldwork Experience to Ethnographic Film and Text
|Fourth term (spring)|
After completing successfully the programme, students are expected to have acquired the following learning outcomes.
- has knowledge of the evolution of the social scientific tradition in general, and advanced knowledge of theoretical perspectives within the field of Visual anthropology especially.
- has thorough knowledge of the region and/or the field where his/her proper Master project takes place and solid knowledge of the cutting edge of his/her Master project’s theme.
- has thorough knowledge of ethnographic research methodology and the different steps in a research process which involves the use of the video camera.
- can apply the acquired methods and theoretical perspectives in the description and analyses of new areas within the academic field of Visual Anthropology.
- can reflect critically on the use of different filmic languages and narrative structures as `ways of knowing’ in specific historical and societal contexts.
- has technical knowledge of how to handle and use the recording and editing equipment for video.
- can in a systematic way manage, process and analyze critically material from various sources and use them to structure and formulate a written scholarly argument.
- Is able to capture the narrative conceptualizations of their field partners by the use of video and create intelligible narrative strategies with a future audience in mind.
- is able to demonstrate how film and text mutually inform, inspire, and contradict each other, and critically evaluate the role of film in the creation of social scientific knowledge.
- can under supervision carry out an independent research project which makes use of participant observation and audiovisual tools, with applicable norms for research ethics.
- is able to make use of video as a tool in the acquisition and dissemination of social scientific knowledge.
- is able to identify, analyze and discuss different theoretical and methodological approaches to their own empirical material and apply it in the description and analysis of other sociocultural phenomena.
- masters the language and terminology of visual socio-cultural research and can communicate to colleagues, partners, and public audiences, the methodological/analytical approaches used in- and the final results of- his/her own work.
- is able to build up responsibility towards partners in the field and thereby a profound consciousness of the ethics and potentials for empowerment of research and dissemination.
- can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes based in the exploration of the possible potentials of visual and analytical tools.
- is in an independent way able to apply audiovisual tools creatively and critically to enhance/clarify their story narratives within a social science framework.
Admission to the Master of Philosophy in Visual Anthropology requires a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 80 ECTS in social, visual or cultural anthropology. Applicants must enclose a statement of purpose written in English (maximum of two pages). This statement must include the purpose for and interest in pursuing the master’s degree programme, especially why you find visual anthropology interesting. It should also include a short description of a proposed master thesis project. Any experience from film making should also be mentioned in the motivation letter. An average grade equivalent to C or better within the Norwegian grading system is required for Bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand; And an average grade equivalent to B or better within the Norwegian grading system is required for Bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in all other countries.
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is
- 15 April for admission to the autumn semester
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
The application deadline for international applicants is
- 1 December for admission to the autumn semester.
- Online application, study code 2038
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