Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices

The application period for the course starting in November 2020 opens in January 2020!

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 such as raising a family or caring for family members. The master program "Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices" is accredited by AQAS.

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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.



Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität


Winter semester 2020/2021

Application period for winter semester 2020/21 opens in January 2020

Application Deadline
30 April 2020

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

Julia Blumberg

Julia Blumberg

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