M.Sc. On Campus

Cultural and Social Anthropology - Visual Anthropology

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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What becomes of anthropology when it is practiced in other media than the written word like photography or film? And what becomes of film and photography when they have anthropological pretensions? The Cultural and Social Anthropology - Visual Anthropology programme of the University of Amsterdam enables you to explore the possibilities of camera-based research.


About the programme

As anthropologists you will do fieldwork for three months on a topic (and in a locale) of your choice. Yet the primary material you will bring home from the field will be visual. How this visual material can be made to speak to anthropological debates about your research topic is what you will discover. The Cultural and Social Anthropology - Visual Anthropology programme of the University of Amsterdam requires a critical engagement with the expressive powers of still and moving images and sound; a willingness to experiment; and a thorough understanding of anthropology as a practice of mediation.

Ethnografic fieldwork

Long-term immersion in a fieldwork site, which implies the re-socialization of the researcher in other people's life worlds, is the hallmark of all anthropological research. This is no different for visual anthropologists. On the contrary, the best work in visual anthropology is grounded in the trust, intimacy and tacit knowledge that comes with 'deep hanging out'. Students will therefore conduct ethnographic fieldwork, and will develop their research plans together with students who have opted for text-based research. We deem this important, as a visual anthropology should at all times be in dialog with other modes of doing anthropology, and should not be peripheral to the discipline as a whole.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Key Debates in Anthropology
  • Designing Visual Anthropology
  • Thematic Groups
  • Research Proposal
  • Thesis Seminar Visual Anthropology
  • Writing Ethnography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements
  • International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree
  • Students from related fields are well enough prepared when they have earned about 60 ECTS credits in Anthropology
  • A solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study
  • Prior education or demonstrate thorough practical knowledge in filming and editing. It is important that you make your portfolio available
  • Sufficient training and knowledge in visual anthropology by having taken visual anthropological or related courses
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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