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M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology

The advanced graduate degree program M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology (VMA) was originally developed and offered at the Freie Universität Berlin from 2008-2019, a university of excellence in Germany. The VMA program has been offered exclusively at HMKW Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany since winter semester 2019/20.

The advanced graduate degree equips students who already have a professional background in film, photography, journalism, communication studies, online marketing, digital/social media or any other field related, with an in-depth knowledge of Visual and Media Anthropology. The program provides the essential needed to become professional documentary filmmakers, documentary photographers and experts for virtual environments and immersive video.

All course content is delivered 100% online. Students can study at a time and place convenient to their lifestyle. All that is needed is a good internet connection, and a laptop or smartphone. Meet your fellow students for additional On-Campus-Camera-and Sound-Workshops in Berlin, Germany. The advanced graduate degree program is 100 % equivalent to other M.A. programs, and prepares graduates for PhD studies.

Students develop innovative perspectives with the potential to lead the future of digital anthropology in science, virtual platforms, TV broadcasts, museums, online news platforms, cultural institutions, film festivals, galleries, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The program also equips students with knowledge about the ethical correct production of classical, scientistic, immersive and artistic audio-visual media for the representation of national, and transnational cultures, with a focus on Asian, African, European, North American and Latin American “native” or “indigenous” communities. The program includes classes about the Theory and History of Ethnographic Film, Documentary Photography, Digital Anthropology, Camera, Sound, and Editing classes, Social Media Activism and Marketing, Qualitative Ethnographic Methods, Decolonization of the Image, Migration, Extremism and conflict Research, Virtual Environments and building in VR, Gender, feminist and queer theory, Environmental Anthropology, Climate Change and Visual Culture.

The Master’s program Visual and Media Anthropology is conducted online by an international team of professors and lecturers with over a decade of online teaching experience. Distance Learning is offered via the world-best Learning Management platform LMS Canvas and through Zoom-live-streams of classes, online presentations and discussions. The program was one of the winners of the Best Practice in Online Teaching by CEDIS Center for Digital Systems Freie Universität Berlin.

Additionally, optional 2-5 days hybrid On-Campus-workshops are offered for students to build hand on technical experience. Students must assume additional (travel, room) costs arising from in-house workshops (not mandatory) and fieldwork periods. We offer hybrid classes via live-stream in case you cannot travel to Berlin. 

 

Why you should study at HMKW:

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⚡ practical

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⚡ inspiring international environment

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Overview

TypeDistance learning (flexible e-learning in virtual classrooms, webinars etc.)
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
LocationBerlin

Language

English

Tuition fees4020,- € per semester (16.080,- € in total for the two year's program)

Duration

4 semesters (2 years)

Start

Winter term (October)

Ideal Candidates

Applicants: This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree (BA) in any subject, and also for professionals who want to conduct a second MA degree.

Target jobs: Documentary and ethnographic filmmaking for museum and the art industries (curators, artists), video-on-demand (online and TV channels), indigenous media, the new media industry (education games, social media applications and mixed-reality-environments), immersive or virtual reality-technology industry, VR storytelling for museums, educational games, film broadcast & the online video industry with a focus on news coverage about cultures worldwide; anthropological questions of digitalization, jobs in governmental and non-governmental organizations in the sector of sustainable development and capacity building in developing and emerging countries with a focus on media usage.

Program Structure and Modules

  • First Semester: Basic Modules (30 CP): Visual Anthropology, Media Anthropology
  • Second Semester: Profile Modules (30 CP): Basics and Varieties of Ethnographic Film Production, Communication/Mediascapes, Applied Visual & Media Anthropology
  • Third Semester: Project Modules (30 CP): Internship, Film- or Media Project
  • Fourth Semester: Supervision Courses (30 CP)

Internship

With following artists our students worked together during their internship:

  • Mikesch, DOP and film maker, Berlin
  • Björn Melhus, video artist and film maker, Berlin
  • Johan Grimonpres, "Zap-o-matic"
  • Sarah Pucill’s Studio Artist, Filmmaker, Photographer
  • Azubuike Erinugha, film maker, Nigeria

Student Testimonials

„I wanted to be able to discuss creative ideas in depth and create networking opportunities. I certainly never focussed on one project at the level of detail I am now, and that is thanks to the masters." –
Gemma Lynch

„[The scholarship] is a unique opportunity that is so fundamental for your professional development, it is a privilege. It’s a lot of work to be able to meet the requirements but once the goal is achieved you realize how much it was worth all the effort made."
Arturo Calderón, DAAD scholarship holder

Forms (only for VMA students in the final semester)

Final MA Thesis application form
Final MA Thesis application form (Instruction)

New Applicants for the program please use this document:

https://www.hmkw.de/en/university/departments/humanities/program-application/



 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

For admission requests, please e-mail vma[at]hmkw.de

Entry requirements 

  • A good degree (university or university of applied sciences) 
  • Proficiency in English (fluent in both written and spoken) is a must
  • 1-year professional experience after the BA
  • Participants should have basic technical skills in film, video or photography
  • Participants must have adequate electronic equipment in order to deal with various multimedia materials; high-speed Internet access, a fast computer and a personal email account are compulsory. Possession of a basic digital camera and editing software is mandatory.
  • All applicants are submitted to an internal assessment process prior to acceptance

Contact

HMKW
Ackerstr. 76
13355 Berlin
Germany

Prof. Dr. Urte Undine Frömming

Head of Program


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u.froemming[at]hmkw.de

Prof. Dr. Roger Horn

Professor

+49 30 838 57459

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r.horn[at]hmkw.de

Heike Philp

IT System Support

 

 

heikephilp[at]gmail.com

Daniel Wood

Student Assistant


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Daniel_Wood[at]myhmkw.de

Lecturers

  • Dr. Albrecht, Judith | Vita
  • Aubry, Gilles | Vita
  • Prof. Bibel, Nora | Vita
  • Blankholm, Laura Na | Vita
  • Coons, Jeff | Vita
  • Folegatti, Luiza | Vita
  • Dr. Curran, Mark | Vita
  • Dölling, Mark | Vita
  • Ercan, Mehmet | Vita
  • Findeisen, Janina | Vita
  • Gaedtke, Felix | Vita
  • Dr. Gan, Gregory | Vita
  • Goddinho, Leandro | Vita
  • Dr. Grund, Lisa | Vita
  • Prof. Dr. Frömming, Urte Undine | Vita
  • Prof. Dr. Horn, Roger | Vita
  • Kendall, Blake Paul | Vita
  • Krahnert, Frauke | Vita
  • Dr. Lawrence, Andy | Vita
  • Ledésert, Côme | Vita
  • Mekonen, Solomon | Vita
  • Liberman, Tami | Vita
  • Dr. Neis, Dalia | Vita
  • Parameswaran, Gayatri | Vita
  • Petersen, Kristian | Vita
  • Piersig, Karina | Vita
  • Dr. Reichel, Christian | Vita
  • Rossner, Lidia | Vita
  • Rühling, Barbara | Vita
  • Toiviainen, Mikko | Vita
  • Voigt, Christina | Vita
  • Terry, Mike | Vita
  • Dr. Walter, Florian | Vita
  • Dr. Wanono, Nadine | Vita
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