An undergraduate student noted that there weren't many doctoral or masters programs in visual anthropology. The Society for Visual Anthropology has a list that is relatively kept up to date:
Update 2009.10: It looks like the SVA didn't archive this page before moving their website to a new system. I used the Wayback Machine to grab the 2008 version of the page and include here (after the jump) as a reference. I'll remove it if the SVA wants me to:
Visual Anthropology Programs
San Francisco State University (see description below)
Sedona Center for Arts and Technology (see description below)
University of Southern California (see description below)
OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
San Francisco State University
Sedona Center for Arts and Technology
In the summer, Judie Piner runs a workshop in Multimedia for Ethnographic Researcher and in Digital Storytelling for Community Ethnographic Research. Our program is the Dana Atchley Center for Digital Storytelling and has recently held its seventh annual Digital Storytelling Conference. Attending were educators and researchers using Digital Storytelling in all manner of ways. One speaker was Gordon Quinn (of Hoop Dreams fame) showcasing his new PBS series on "The New Americans," and accompanying educational material.
Sedona Center for Arts & Technology
The program is designed to train students of cultural anthropology who wish to study various modes of visual and pictorial communication and/or to communicate anthropological knowledge in some form of pictorial media. Students interested in producing films, videotapes, and photographs will be trained as cultural anthropologists of visual communication not as professional imagemakers. The emphasis of the program is on understanding the cultural dimensions of the pictorial and visual world including
1. The study, use and production of films, photography, television/video, and other pictorial representations for research and public enlightenment.
2. The analysis of pictorial symbolic forms from a cultural and historical framework
3. Theories of visual and pictorial communication as they relate to technologies and methods for recording and analyzing human behavior.
4. The analysis of how people structure "reality" as evidenced by pictorial productions and artifacts.
5. The relationship of culture, communication, and visual/pictorial perception.
6. The study of the forms of social, political, and economic organization surrounding the planning, production, and use of pictorial forms in communications contexts.
7. The study of semiotics, and other linguistic paradigms for their utility in understanding pictorial images.
8. The study of the relationship between pictures and texts.
We are pleased to announce a six-week Summer Program on Japanese Visual Culture at Temple University Japan. This six-week session will be offered at the Minami Azabu campus, central Tokyo.
This program is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in Japan, Asian Studies, visual anthropology, visual sociology, media studies, or cross-cultural communication.
Students enroll in two courses carrying three credits each for a total of six credits. The two coordinated courses will offer a sampling of theory, survey, field trips and visual production, all focused on the roots and variety of contemporary visual culture.
University of Southern California
The doctoral program emphasizes ethnography as the discovery procedure for anthropological investigations and encourages doctoral candidates to place ethnographic film in the critical perspective of social anthropology.
East Asia Institute of Visual Anthropology (EAIVA)
In offering a three semester M.A. course in VA (International Certificate of Visual Anthropology), the EAIVA has developed a course module covering theoretical issues of western Anthropology, the history of film and ethnographic film (Chinese and international), film language, visual representation, filmic construction, film aesthetics as well as camera supported fieldwork/research methods.
The EAIVA curriculum for teaching VA is unique even in an international comparison, as its general idea and perspective are a combination of the theoretical discourse within VA, technical know-how and research related tools in the context of the students' film projects.
The EAIVA Visual Anthropology course module also raises awareness of self-reflexivity necessary in anthropological fieldwork and actual filmmaking situations, during which the students concurrently think "research" and "filmic construction of reality". Thus the focus lies on participatory research and questioning of the role of "observer" and "observed" ("the Self and the Other"), transferring anthropological theory onto the level of practical communication in the field.
Broadening theoretical and methodological concepts in VA, we think the field of VA goes well beyond ethnographic film proper and can be further developed into an anthropology of images including newly established research areas i.e. "Media and Ethnic Representation", "Media and Cultural Identity", and "Anthropology of the Senses.
Goldsmith's University of London
MPhil and PhD in Visual Anthropology
Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology
Minimum duration is 15 months.
PhD with Visual Media. The University Senate has recognised that audio-visual materials may be submitted as an integral component of a doctoral thesis, even though a written text will remain of ‘paramount importance’. Candidates will normally undertake the MA in Visual Anthropology (or equivalent) as a preliminary year, before proceeding to a 3-year doctoral programme.
Building upon this strength ISCA now offers a full M.Sc. in Visual Anthropology, and applications are invited from students to commence study in October 2002. The degree aims to provide students who have a strong background in social anthropology (or equivalent) with a thorough training in the theories and methods of visual anthropological research, in preparation for planned doctoral research or to gain employment in areas such as museum and visual archive work, or media research.
University of Kent
University of Tromsø
Aims of the Program:
United International College is pleased to announce a short four-week non-credit summer session with courses for undergraduate or entry-level university students. These courses are taught by internationally-recognized professors, and mainly in the English language. Accommodation will be provided in dormitories on the campus of Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, which is 70 mins. by boat from Hong Kong. Students are recommended to enroll for any two courses. Those coming from overseas will need a Letter of Confirmation that they have been accepted by the College, in order to get a visa. Overseas students should please consult their nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate for detailed procedures. (Their application forms can usually be down-loaded from the Consular website, but allow at least a week to get a visa, and remember to bring a couple of passport-sized photos.)
Outline of the courses offered.
Intensive English programme for high-school leavers. Taught by a team of three experienced lecturers under the direction of Prof. Eva Lai.
World Cultures on Documentary Film. Taught by Prof. Paul Hockings, a British documentary filmmaker and the editor of “Visual Anthropology”. A dozen important films will be screened and discussed from a social science perspective.
Understanding Chinese Culture via Zhuhai. Taught by our faculty, in English, the course will involve visits to villages in Guangdong as well as study tours in Zhuhai, Macau and Guangzhou cities.
For more advanced Chinese computer students, a course will be offered in Data Mining and its Applications. Here the textbook will be in English but the course will be taught in Chinese, by Prof. Guo Haipeng.
The tuition fee for 1-2 courses will be RMB 2500, but for Intensive English alone it is RMB 1500. Tuition for the professional course 4 is RMB 5000. Enrolment must be made by June 1, 2006 at the latest, by down-loading an application form at www.uic.edu.hk/sp/ Tuition fees must be paid in full at the time of registering. Instruction will begin on Mon. 24 July and the classes 2-3 will terminate by Friday 25 August; course 1 will end by Friday 18 Aug. Further information can also be obtained by overseas students sending an e-mail to at Zhangjing.email@example.com. Chinese students should contact Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed application forms should also be e-mailed to these two staff members.
Visual Culture Research is a multi-disciplinary coursework program combining the perspectives of anthropology, art theory and film studies with workshops utilising visual media and relevant software. Basic instruction in film-making for research is included in this course.
An important focus is on content-led digital research and the use of visual media to convey ideas and distinctive understandings about the world. There is a strong emphasis on comprehending visual phenomena in cross-cultural perspective. Students will graduate with a high level of visual literacy and a well-developed set of conceptual and methodological skills for working with visual materials. This course will be taught by some of the world's leading visual anthropologists.
Course commences July 2007.
Contact: T: +61 2 6125 2434