This programme is intended for those who wish to acquire practical skills within the context of the comparative and historical study of visual culture and the exploration of anthropologically-informed theories of observation and visual representation. The design of this programme is based on the assumption that those who take it already have a first degree in social or cultural anthropology or a closely related field. It has two distinct pathways and you should indicate via the "further information field" on the on-line application which pathway you wish to be considered for: Ethnographic Documentary or Visual Culture.
In the first semester, all students are normally offered a basic 'hands-on' training in ethnographic documentary-making as well as taking modules on the history of ethnographic film and theoretical issues in visual anthropology. In the second semester, those on the Ethnographic Documentary pathway engage in further film-training, whilst those on the Visual Culture pathway consider a broader range of topics in media anthropology, including photography and sound recordings. Both pathways involve further practical project work and more theoretical modules in this semester. Over the summer vacation, all students carry out a practical field project. In principle, students on both pathways can go anywhere in the world to carry out these 'final projects', provided they present a well thought-out proposal. Some former film students have been to the most distant corners of the globe (New Zealand, Thailand, Malawi, the Andes), whilst others have chosen to make their films a few hundred yards from the University (amongst the homeless, in a local beauty parlour, or on music in multi-cultural education).
This course is delivered in conjunction with the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology.
Many of our graduates go on to work in television or film, whilst a significant proportion pursue academic careers either in the UK or overseas.