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Cultural and Social Anthropology: Visual Anthropology (track)


What happens to anthropology when it uses film and not written text as a medium? And what happens to film and photography when they have an anthropological approach? The Visual Anthropology track allows you to explore the possibilities of camera-based research. In addition to reading and writing, you become familiar with the intellectual endeavour of filming.


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Discover the Master's tracks in Cultural and Social Anthropology

The Master's programme Cultural and Social Anthropology offers three tracks.  Visual Anthropology is one of them.

The other tracks are:

Study programme

This Master's track encourages students to creatively explore how new assemblages of words, images, sounds and silences can articulate anthropologically relevant knowledge. This programme intends to contribute to the development of a new audio-visual vocabulary that breaks with existing media formats and has its own position within our media-saturated societies.

Camera-based research

Subject of your own choice

Close-knit community

What is Visual Anthropology?

Prof. Mattijs van de Port explains what Visual Anthropology is.

Academic staff

The research conducted by the UvA Anthropology department is well recognised. Our staff is committed to both teaching and research. Coordinator of the Visual Anthropology track is Prof. Dr. Mattijs van de Port, he is an award-winning filmmaker and visual anthropologist. The programme director of the MSc in Cultural and Social Anthropology is Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja.


After graduating from the Master's programme in Visual Anthropology you'll have career opportunities within the field of anthropology, documentary making and applied journalism. Increasingly, anthropologists are hired in companies, NGOS and other institutions to conduct research and offer valuable advice. The insights and skills you gain during your Master's makes you well-equipped to set up and manage (research) projects, reach and communicate with different groups of people nd translate your anthropological views to visual materials.

Is Visual Anthropology for you?

  1. Do you get excited when you can learn from other people, their perspectives, emotions and ideas?
  2. Do you have an independent attitude and take pleasure in wrestling with anthropological theory?
  3. Do you want to spend a year researching a topic of your own choosing?
  4. Do you have solid knowledge of the technical know-how of filmmaking?
  5. Do you have the ambition to become an independent ethnographic researcher?

Then Visual Anthropology might be the right track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66614
Location Roeterseiland campus