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Visual and Media Anthropology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #130 (QS) ,
The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Department of Political and Social Sciences) at the Freie Universität Berlin, a university of excellence, is offering an innovative continuing education online Master's (M.A.) program in Visual and Media Anthropology with additional in-house-classes.


The vision of the program is to bring visual and media anthropological knowledge to people who have already settled, and are future leaders, in the digital media sectors, the film industry or governmental and non- governmental organizations, as well as to the current and future leading voices of the museums, film festivals, new and social media, galleries and other art und culture production industries.

  • It is a web-based advanced graduate degree program educating media professionals in visual and media anthropology
  • Additionally to the E-learning classes, we do offer in-house-classes in blocks (2 weeks twice a year).
  • The program is highly international. Students are coming from all continents and 50 different countries
  • Since its inception (winter semester 2008/2009), the program has a successfully high rate of applicants
  • The program immatriculates between 20 and 30 students every year
Learning Methods

The MA in Visual and Media Anthropology is the winner of the E-learning prize 2010 of the Centre for Digital Systems (CeDiS). We use a combination of different e-learning tools (Adobe Connect Webinar, LMS Blackboard, multi-media Online modules designed by our lecturer and 3D-virtual environments with avatars and voice-chat).

The program is a combination of E-learning and in-house learning with five main units:

  • The distance E-learning modules (you can stay in your country or travel or take care about your children while studying the online-modules)
  • Four in-house workshops at Freie Universität Berlin at the beginning of each semester (October and April) lasting two weeks long
  • An internship in a TV production company, online media company, film festival, ethnological museum, film archive or other related fields
  • A short film or media project
  • The master's thesis and/ or the film or media project

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Visual Anthropology
  • Modes of Representation
  • Classics and Varieties of Ethnographic Film
  • Media Anthropology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Participants must proof a minimum of one year of work experience (internship, jobs, projects) SUBSEQUENT to the completion of the undergraduate or first degree. This work experience should be related to your first degree or to some sort of media practice.

Technological Requirements

  • Participants should have basic technical skills in film, video or photography.
  • Participants must have adequate electronic equipment in order to deal with various multimedia materials; high-speed Internet access, a fast computer and a personal email account are compulsory. Owning a basic digital camera is recommended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6600 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarship opportunities can be researched independently, e.g. at the following scholarship data base (unfortunately only in German, but it is available to foreign students). You should also check the following websites for scholarship opportunities:

  • DAAD
  • Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • Heinrich Böll Stiftung
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

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