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Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices (M.A.)

Learn how media representations shape our world and apply this knowledge to your own research projects and media outputs

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Digital info session

on 18 September 2024. To register, please click here.

Application deadline

31 March 2025

Study fee

€ 13,500

What you will learn

The three-year master program trains students in (1) theory and practice of visual anthropology, (2) the documentary arts (film/photography/installation), as well as (3) media culture and media anthropology. Conceptual and practical knowledge within these areas can be applied in academia, the arts, 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.

Presence phases and modules

You complete the master program “Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices” on an extra-occupational and practice-oriented basis. Upon completion, you may use the title “Master of Arts”. The standard period of study is six semesters, i.e. 3 years. The master program comprises a total of 120 credit points and 50 days that require on-site attendance. The individual modules take place in blocks of 5-10 days.

The extra-occupational master program comprises 9 modules. Modules 1 to 7 are face-to-face courses in small groups, usually with a maximum of 25 participants. In modules 8 and 9, participants complete an internship and write their master’s thesis that is usually accompanied by a practical media project.

In between the seven modules, students participate in five courses (tutorials) to follow up on the contents taught in the modules. Each tutorial consists of seven sessions á 2 hours. This ensures that students experience continuity and a sustainable study environment between modules.

Introduction to Audio-Visual and Media Anthropology

November 22nd – 28th, 2024

  • intersections between documentary art & anthropology
  • media and visual culture studies
  • from observational to sensory and experimental film
  • collaborative & participatory filmmaking
  • documentary modes of representation
  • auto-ethnography
  • transcultural film & anthropology
  • qualitative research methods in social anthropology

Prof. Dr. Veronica Barassi
Thomas John
Dr. Judith Albrecht
Dr. Florian Walter

Representation and Narrative Strategies

March 3rd – 10th, 2025

  • narrative audio-visual strategies
  • poetic framing & visual aesthetics
  • exhibition design
  • audio-visual installation concepts
  • documenting cross-culturally
  • artistic research practices
  • research through cinema
  • ethics of audio-visual representation

Kristian Petersen
Prof. Dr. Emily Smith
Prof. Dr. Christopher Wright

Anthropological Short Film Production

May 29th – June 4th, 2025

  • short film production workshop
  • film production & editing
  • film treatment development
  • research through filmmaking
  • non-linear storytelling
  • web-documentary
  • multimodal anthropology

Thomas John
Lefteris Fylaktos

Media Ethnography, Digital Anthropology and Media Practices

September 30th – October 6th, 2024

  • queer, feminist and decolonial media
  • media activism
  • politics of media
  • indigenous media
  • digital audio-visual anthropology
  • methods in media ethnography
  • media-analytical skills

Dr. Souleymane Diallo
Dr. Anja Dreschke
Dr. Dalia Neis

Mediation of Human Experience and applied audio-visual Anthropology

January 20th – 26th, 2025

  • sensory and experimental documentary filmmaking
  • applied audio-visual anthropology
  • collaborative & participatory approaches
  • human-environment relationships explored through audio-visual methods
  • human animal-relationships mediated through film
  • poetics of cinema & culture

Dr. Thorsten Gieser
Dr. Martin Gruber
Dr. Arjang Omrani

Professional Project Development & Funding Strategies

May 12th – 23rd, 2025

  • project development
  • funding strategies
  • film proposal development
  • finding your creative identity
  • transcultural film workshop
  • sensory & collaborative strategies in creative cinema

Thomas John
Boris Mitic
Prof. Dr. Laurent Van Lancker

Final Thesis and Project Colloquium

September 24th – October 2nd, 2024

  • research design development
  • audio-visual research methods
  • qualitative methods
  • film/media project development
  • writing a research proposal
  • theoretical approaches to film as research
  • theoretical perspectives in social anthropology
  • research and media/film production ethics

Dr. Thorsten Gieser
Thomas John
Kristian Petersen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka

Practical Work: Cultural Media Production

  • practical work experience
  • media project or internship
  • skills and networking
  • cultural and media industry
  • documentary art industry

Fieldwork, Media Project and Final Thesis

  • field- and film-work
  • film or other media project
  • supervision of students’ final works
  • research and media production colloquium
  • exhibiting a film/media project

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Data and facts


Master of Arts (M.A.)


Faculty of History and Philosophy

Duration of study

36 months

Next entrance date

01 October 2025

Next application deadline

31 March 2025

Teaching language


Teaching location

University of Münster Professional School, Königsstraße 47, 48143 Münster

Study fee

13.500 € in up to 3 installments

  • as individual payment plan by arrangement
  • exempt from VAT pursuant to § 4 No.21 a (bb) UStG

Target group

Filmmakers, multimedia experts, students with a background in the social sciences and humanities and professionals with an interest in the complex connections between media, culture and society

Access requirement

  • a relevant undergraduate or first degree (at least 180 ECTS credit points, e.g., Bachelor and Master)
  • at least one year of work experience in media production and/or the social sciences or cultural studies subsequent to your first university degree
  • English level B2 pursuant to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

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Buddy Program

We offer a buddy program for new and prospective students. The idea behind it is to provide newcomers with first-hand experience of the study program from a student’s perspective. Especially for prospective students from abroad, the buddy program is intended to provide information about life in Germany, guidance about the challenges of moving to another country and ways to overcome them. For this purpose, we connect new students with students who are already enrolled in the program. We hope that this shared perspective will help to answer initial questions and reduce some of the uncertainty that newcomers may feel.

If you would like to participate in the buddy program, either as a buddy or as a newcomer, please contact Pablo Holwitt.

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Digital info session

A digital info session about the master program will take place on Wednesday, 18 September 2024. This will be your chance to learn more about the contents of the program, meet the co-director of the program, Thomas John, and get a chance to ask us questions directly. The session will take place as an online video call via the service Zoom.


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