Media and (audio) visual culture are of central importance in the present. These circumstances imply social-anthropological established media research which analytically considers the relationship between media, culture and society. The Master’s degree programme is designed to provide students with both theoretical and practical skills in the areas of visual anthropology, documentary films, photography, documentary art, culture media and media anthropology. Conceptual and practical- technical knowledge of these areas is aimed for use not only in academic fields but also in the arts, culture and media industries as well as social media projects. Students will acquire the theoretical and practical foundations of anthropological and sociological oriented media research in addition to experience of practical film work and other media or audio-visual installation concepts. Students will be qualified to produce their own research projects and media.
The planned programme is currently in the accreditation process which is expected to be completed in spring 2016.
Concept & target group
The degree programme is primarily aimed at social, humanities, cultural, media and communication academics and scientists from Germany and overseas who wish to further their education.
Students can acquire new prospects for the future as part of the Master’s degree programme. The practical and analytical media skills and competences gained in the programme can be used in many and varied ways in both academic and non-academic contexts. They distinguish themselves (and differentiate from those acquired in traditional media schools) through the methodical and perspectival questioning and understanding of comparative cultural and social anthropology. Social-anthropological media skills and competences can be used in many ways other than in an academic context such as social projects (e.g. intercultural communication), NGOs and in international organisations. They can further be used in the culture media industry, artistic projects and artistic research. The practical work experience stage and the Vernissage at the end of the programme provide students with the opportunity to make and develop professional contacts and to present themselves and their work. The resulting network of students and lecturers and the international orientation of the programme provide an opportunity to gain professional prospects outside of German speaking countries.
Management and Lecturers
The Head of the programme is Prof. Dr. Helene Basu who is a Professor at the Institute of Ethnology at the Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.
The programme will be taught by highly qualified, international lecturers from academia and practice.
The Master’s degree programme is designed to accompany a profession and consists of 9 modules. The 9th module (final module) contains the Master thesis and the production of a media project.
The programme is divided into course attendance (each 5- 10 days) and self-learning for preparation and follow-up. As a general rule, 2 modules will take place per semester. Overall, the programme is comprised of 46 days where attendance is required. The programme will take 6 semesters to complete.
The Master’s degree programme is structured as follows:
- Module 1: Introduction to Audio-Visual and Media Anthropology
- Module 2: Anthropological Short Film Production
- Module 3: Representation and narrative Strategies
- Module 4: Media Practice Research
- Module 5: Mediation of Human Experiences
- Module 6: Media Production & Research Colloquium
- Module 7: Project Supervision and Research Colloquium
- Module 8: Practical Work and Experience
- Module 9: Fieldwork, Media Project, Final Thesis
- Final Presentation (voluntary)
Materials and teaching methods
All modules where attendance is required contain lectures as well as tutorials/exercises and guided follow up work and preparation. A large part of the programme requires self-study. Documents will be made available for preparation before a module and for subsequent follow-up work. Students receive the seminar documents in digital form and an efficient and targeted design of self-study will be supported.
An important platform for the Master’s degree programme is Adobe Connect. This is a multimedia web communication system, which enables students to attend online and in real-time. Students can upload their own productions to the platform. Lecturers and students can also communicate with one another using this platform.
The supervision of the Master’s thesis can likewise take place over the Adobe Connect platform. Students will have the opportunity to carry out asynchronous textual discourse about a seminar topic(s) with other students and lecturers, receive support for written work and upload and exchange practical media exercises. This should achieve continuity in analysis of the programme’s content and ensure more exchanges take place.
The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität is able to assist international students who would like to study in Münster. Students receive support in the search for suitable accommodation, information in relation to free-time activities (cultural, sporting activities etc.) and advice about life in general in Münster.
Further information can be found on the University’s website >
Students can, if interested, obtain a Semester ticket for a fee from the University. This ticket can be used on the city buses as well as the regional trains and buses.
The fee for the Master’s degree programme is €10,750.
The fee covers participation in the programme, the exams, conference drinks and seminar documents (which will be made available to students in digital form).
The programme is free from “Umsatzsteuer” (German sales tax) pursuant to paragraph 4 Nr. 21a (bb) UStG.
Applicants for the Master’s degree programme “Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices” must have
- A relevant undergraduate or first degree from a University in Germany or abroad,
- At least one year relevant professional employment experience,
- Proof of knowledge of English (Certificate, (GMAT), IELTS, LCCI-Test, TELC, TOEFL, TOEIC-Test) where it is apparent that an applicant has obtained at least B2-Level pursuant to the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages (CEFR) and is therefore adequately able to read and understand the literature used in the programme which is in English as well as to take part in the lectures/seminars which will be held in English,
- Not failed the examination to the Master’s programme “Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices” for a final time and can provide an appropriate explanation.
A further requirement for admission to the programme “Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices” is a successful interview of circa 30 minutes.
The planned Master’s degree programme is currently in the accreditation process which is likely to be completed in spring 2016.
Applications can now be made. The application deadline is 18 April 2016. The application form can be found here >
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You can get further Information on the program's website.
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Your stay in Münster
Münster is known as a bicycle and an administrative city. Since October 2004 it can also proudly call itself “the world’s most liveable city”. Münster is considered to be a young city and is well known for its University: the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) with approximately 43,000 students and one of the five largest Universities in Germany. Münster has nine institutes of higher education in total with approximately 60,000 students. This is at least one fifth of the entire population of Münster.
Part of what makes the city so “liveable” is the historical buildings and modern elements which can be explored. One can happily stroll along the Prinzipalmarkt, a street of gabled houses and buildings, and admire the town hall with its famous peace hall, the numerous shops and the Michaelisplatz which represents the opening to Cathedral Square with St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Aa lake is situated close to the city centre and is ideal for those who wish to jog, cycle or simply pass the time away in one of the cafes or terraces. Lovers of culture will be satisfied in this cultural city: the only Picasso museum in Germany is located in the middle of the city centre.
There are many options for the evening. The creative quay, Münster’s rebuilt harbour, with its numerous bars, clubs and discos is particularly popular with both young and old. The “Kuhviertel”, an area of pubs and bars on the edge of the historical old town, is also popular and regularly attracts many visitors in the evening.
The majority of the inhabitants of Münster enjoy cycling around the city. The “Promenade” (a car free, tree-lined avenue) which encircles the city, is particularly popular for cycling.
In winter, the Christmas markets based around the city with mulled wine and other treats ensure that inhabitants and tourists are kept warm in the cold winter months.