Visual Anthropology follows a a tripartite structure, with courses preceding the fieldwork, the fieldwork period and coursework as well as the thesis writing period after the fieldwork. Students in Visual Anthropology are trained separately for most of the programme, which can be studied in detail in our course catalogue.
During the first semester you will take the course Key Debates in Anthropology, a course on the state of the art in Anthropological theory. This is followed by Designing Visual Anthropology in which students explore the writings and visual documents that were produced by visual anthropologists, to orient themselves as to what their camera-based research will be like. They will be coached in designing a research plan that is adapted to a camera-based methodology. During this phase, there will be a high intensity screening program of anthropological film, and a two day workshop in videography. During the Tutorial Group sudents learn academic thinking, work with concepts and develop your research question.
After the conclusion of the courses as well as the fieldwork proposal, students undertake ethnographic fieldwork in the period between January-halfway March. The student will spend 10 weeks in a setting and/or community and produces an archive of images, sounds and texts. The location can be chosen by the student, granted that we are able to find a good supervisor for the project, that there are no travel restrictions and that the student has sufficient prior ethnographic knowledge of the region.
During the third part, students will participate in the Thesis seminar Visual anthropology course. At the same time, students work closely together with their individual supervisors. During this phase students work to report on their findings in an edited film, accompanied by a written essay. Students can also use another hybrid text-image form in their thesis, after having discussed this with their supervisor.