Visual Anthropology

UIT the Arctic University of Norway

24 months
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Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? On the Master in Visual Anthropology at UIT the Arctic University of Norway, you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory and ethnographic film making in an international environment.


The Department of Social Science offers a two-year full-time Master in Visual Anthrpology at UIT the Arctic University of Norway. 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.


A degree in Visual Anthropology can open doors to a variety of national and international positions in:

  • social research
  • television and film production
  • administration
  • communication
  • museums
  • youth and education programmes

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaching Social Realities: Understanding Other Peoples' Life-worlds
  • Anthropological Theory and Ethnographic Praxis
  • From Fieldwork Experience to Ethnographic Film and Text
  • Conveying social realities: Exploring audio-visual narrative strategies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in social, visual or cultural anthropology and statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • semester fee of NOK 625 (57 EUR) 


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