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Master Visual Anthropology
Master Visual Anthropology

Structure and Program Outline

Structure and Program Outline

The master program consists of 6 semesters (three years), including the master’s thesis and final media project. However, 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  (modules 1-7) will be offered as block courses. International students can apply for a student visa and stay in Germany or Münster. However, In addition to the seven in-house block courses students participate in five further online-courses (tutorials) to follow up the in-house classes. Each of these five video conference tutorials consists of seven sessions (x2 hours) and further learnweb interaction and assignments. Thereby students experience continuity and a sustainable study environment also between the in-house classes. 

The three-year Master Program was designed with working professionals in mind. Therefore classes are offered as intensive block courses (the duration of the in-house classes varies between 5 and 10 days, class hours 09.00 am to 06.00 pm). Part-time study is an option for people who want to study while continuing in employment or other commitments such as raising a family or caring for family members.



Concept & Target Group

This program is for students with a background in the social sciences and humanities, especially those in cultural, media and communication studies. Applications are welcome from both Germany and abroad.

Students can acquire new prospects for the future as part of the Master Program. The practical and analytical media skills and competences gained in the program can be used in many and varied ways in both academic and non-academic contexts. They distinguish themselves (and differentiate from those acquired in traditional media schools) through the methodical and perspectival questioning and understanding of comparative cultural and social anthropology.

Social-anthropological media skills and competences can be used in many ways other than in an academic context such as social projects (e.g. intercultural communication), NGOs and in international organisations. They can further be used in the culture media industry, artistic projects and artistic research. The practical work experience stage and the public exhibition at the end of the program provide students with the opportunity for networking and to present themselves and their work. The resulting network of students and lecturers and the international orientation of the program provide an opportunity to gain professional prospects outside of German speaking countries.

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. 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.  

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. weekly tutorials, film analysis, oral presentations, photo essays etc.).  Students receive the seminar documents in digital form.

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.

Students of the Master Program

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