Anthropology and Visual Practice

Course Introduction

Develop your digital production skills, and combine them with key anthropological concepts. The BA Anthropology & Visual Practice programme helps develop your understanding of contemporary cultural issues, as well as your practical skills in both research methods and visual practice.

**Why study BA Anthropology & Visual Practice at Goldsmiths?**

This programme approaches anthropology from a fresh angle that differs from the 'traditional anthropology' taught at other institutions.

You’ll receive hands-on training in a range of digital production skills, such as editing, videography, and photography. These new skills will complement your theoretical study, and prepare you for vocational opportunities when you graduate.

You’ll have the opportunity to investigate anthropology in relation to politics, religion, knowledge, philosophy and psychology – and you’ll learn to apply an interdisciplinary perspective to your work.

Examine anthropology from a contemporary perspective – what you learn in the classroom will be relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain, and around the world.

You'll explore links between theoretical issues and ethnographic studies, enabling you to think critically about your own culture and society, and to apply knowledge learned in lectures to your everyday life.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies, media companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies, while others have gone on to pursue academic careers.

Course Modules

In the first two years, you'll concentrate on basic anthropological concepts – such as kinship, politics, economics and religion, as well as world systems and development – and on methods of studying and analysing these. You will also study ethnography and at least one region of the world in depth.

There's a substantial practical component to this degree, constituting a sixth of the course load in all three years. This includes training in:




Specialist software

In your final year you can specialise by choosing from a selection of option topics, and will produce a documentary film and dissertation based on individual study.

Year 1 (credit level 4) -

Introduction to Social Anthropology

Ethnography of a Selected Region 1 (The Caribbean)

Anthropological Methods

Ethnographic Film

Anthropological Ideas

Introduction to Visual Practice

Year 2 (credit level 5)

Politics, Economics and Social Change

Anthropology and the Visual 1

Advanced Visual Practice

Thinking Through Race

You also choose one of the following modules:

Anthropology of Religion

Ethnography of a Selected Region 2 (Europe)

Ethnography Of a Selected Region 2 (Highland Latin America)

Year 3 (credit level 6)- This level is made up of 120 credits.

You take an Individual Studies with Practice module, worth 30 credits. This module is a research project of your own choosing and design, the topic to be agreed with the member of the department who acts as supervisor. You will also take 90 credits of option modules.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 -- with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5