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M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology

The postgraduate study program M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology was originally developed and offered at Freie University (FU) Berlin from 2010-2019. Since the winter semester 2019/20 the VMA program is offered exclusively at HMKW Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

The contemporary M.A. program equips students with an in-depth knowledge of Visual and Media Anthropology, which is essential to becoming professional documentary filmmakers and documentary photographers. Students will become the leading voices in the fields of digital anthropology for science, TV broadcasts, museums, cultural institutions, film festivals, galleries, online media platforms and governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the production of audio-visual media for the representation of indigenous, national and transnational culture.

The Visual and Media Anthropology M.A. is conducted online by a diverse team with over a decade of online teaching experience. Distance Learning is offered via LMS Canvas through live-streams of classes, presentations and discussions. Additionally, two optional in-house workshops are offered. Students must assume additional (travel, room) costs arising from in-house workshops (not mandatory) and fieldwork periods. The program was one of the winners of the Best Practice in Online Teaching by CEDIS Center for Digital Systems Freie Universität Berlin.


Why you should study at HMKW:

⚡ accredited and state-approved

⚡ practical

⚡ modern & creative space

⚡ inspiring international environment

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



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


4 semesters (2 years)


Winter term (October)

Ideal Candidates

Applicants: This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in any subject. 

Target jobs: Documentary filmmaking (theatrical release, 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 educational games, film broadcast & online video industry with a focus on news coverage about cultures worldwide; anthropological questions of artificial intelligence, social analysis of robotic technology, museum and art industries (curators, artists), 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)


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 Testimonial

„The program helped me understand how I might merge my interest in photography and visual communication with my interest in more theoretical academic pursuits." –
Samantha Fox

„Possessing a broad knowledge of anthropology, social science, and cultural theory, all of which are derived from my studies in Visual and Media Anthropology, was extremely useful in this internship. This knowledge enabled me to relate to the cultural professionals whom I was interviewing." –
Caroline Cassinelli

How to Apply

You can currently apply online until May 5, 2022.




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

Entry requirements 

  • A very good degree (university or university of applied sciences) 
  • Proficiency in English (fluent in both written and spoken) is a must
  • 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


Ackerstr. 76
13355 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Urte Undine Frömming

Head of Program




Prof. Dr. Roger Horn


+49 30 838 57459



Heike Philp

IT System Support




Daniel Wood

Student Assistant





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