Anthropology and Visual Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Why study BA Anthropology & Visual Practice at Goldsmiths Develop hands-on digital production skills alongside an understanding of anthropology, and creatively challenge contemporary media representations.

  • The degree will develop your understanding of vital contemporary cultural issues, alongside which you'll acquire practical skills in visual practice and research methods.
  • You’ll receive hands-on training in a range of digital production skills, including photography, videography and editing. These skills will complement your theoretical study, and prepare you for multiple career opportunities when you graduate.
  • Anthropology at Goldsmiths is approached from a fresh perspective that differs from the 'traditional anthropology' taught at other universities. You'll also have the opportunity to investigate the subject in relation to media, politics, gender theory, philosophy and psychology, bringing an interdisciplinary focus to your work.
  • You'll explore contemporary 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.
  • What you learn in the classroom will be directly relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain, and around the world.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for the media, visual arts, UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultancies, and pursue careers in activism and advocacy. Others have gone on to pursue academic careers.


During the first two years of the degree you'll concentrate on foundational anthropological concepts – such as ecology, kinship, politics, economics and religion, world systems and development – and on methods of studying and analysing them. You will also study ethnography and at least one region of the world in depth. There's also a substantial practical component to the degree, and you will produce at least two pieces of visual/digital creative work per term. This includes training in: Photography Videography Digital editing Specialist software Sound recording/podcasts In your final year you can specialise by choosing from a selection of option topics. You will also produce a final audiovisual project and dissertation based on individual study. You'll finish your degree with a portfolio of work that demonstrates your cross-disciplinary skills to potential employers. Year 1 Compulsory modules: Introduction to Visual Practice Approaches to Contemporary Anthropology Anthropological Methods Ethnographic Film Academic Skills for Anthropology You'll also choose one of thee optional modules: Anthropological Ideas or Being Related Year 2 You'll take the following compulsory modules: Advanced Visual Practice Critical Ecologies: black, indigenous, queer and transnational feminist approaches Anthropology of Politics, Inequalities and Social Change Thinking Anthropologically Thinking Through Race The Goldsmiths Elective You also choose one of the following modules: Anthropology and Public Policy Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Anthropology and Global Justice Anthropology of Religion Working with Images The Goldsmiths Project Year 3 (credit level 6) This year you'll undertake an individual study final project (including an audiovisual element) on a topic of your choice: Individual Studies with Practice or Extended Individual Studies with Practice You will also take optional modules from an approved list in the Department of Anthropology. Recent modules have included: Anthropology in Public Practice Anthropology of Health 1 Anthropology and Gender Theory Anthropological Approaches to History Borders and Migration Learning from Social Movements Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology Anthropology of Art Anthropology of Rights Digital Anthropology Anthropology of Violence Gender Theory in Practice Staff/Student Research Project Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We don't assume you have any knowledge of anthropology or visual practice and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social sciences or science backgrounds.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

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Anthropology and Visual Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS