Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices

In today’s globalized world, where media representations shape social and political spheres, a critical understanding of media and (audio-) visual culture is crucial. Media studies, rooted in social anthropology, offers an in-depth approach to analyzing the complex connections between media, culture and society.

The three-year Master Program trains students in theory and practice in the areas of visual anthropology, the documentary arts (film/photography/installation), media culture and media anthropology. Conceptual and practical knowledge within these areas can be applied in academia, the arts, and culture and media industries, as well as to social, applied, or educational media projects. Students study the theoretical and practical foundations of visual anthropology, they gain experience in film production, project development, and (audio-) visual installation. Ultimately, they acquire the necessary skills for producing their own research projects and media outputs.

The Master Program is designed with working professionals in mind and is an option for people who want to study while continuing in employment or other commitments. This program is for students with a background in the social sciences and humanities, especially those in cultural, media and communication studies. Find out more about the concept and target group of the program!

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The master program "Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices" is accredited by AQAS. Please note: you are always welcome to contact the student coordinator in case of any questions! We nevertheless recommend you to read our FAQs first!



Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität


Winter semester 2020/2021

WWU Weiterbildung gemeinnützige GmbH, Königsstr. 47, 48143 Münster, Germany

Language of Instruction

11.450,- € (for the entire three-year program)

Target Group
social, humanities, cultural, media and communication academics and scientists

WWU Weiterbildung gemeinnützige GmbH

Helmar Kurz

Helmar Kurz

Student advice and support
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Tel. +49 251 83-21705