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BA (Hons) Anthropology & Visual Practice

  • UCAS
    1T67
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: ABB
    BTEC: DDM
    IB: 33 points including three HL subjects
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Anthropology

Course overview

Providing a comprehensive treatment of social anthropology. The course offers training in photography, film making and editing. You'll study anthropological societies and gain insight into the field in relation to contemporary cultural issues.

Why study BA Anthropology & Visual Practice at Goldsmiths?

  • We offer a fresher approach to the subject than the 'traditional anthropology' taught at other institutions, and we are recognised for our contribution to the field of visual anthropology
  • We look at anthropology from a contemporary perspective, which means that what you learn in the classroom will be relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain and elsewhere
  • The Department of Anthropology has been placed in the UK's top 15 universities for this subject area (Complete University Guide league table 2014) and in the 2014 National Student Survey, anthropology at Goldsmiths received a high score of 95% for the overall quality of our teaching
  • You'll have the opportunity to investigate anthropology in relation to politics, religion, knowledge, philosophy and psychology
  • You'll explore links between theoretical issues and ethnographic studies, enabling you to think critically about your own culture and society
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies, media companies and CSR consultancies, while others have gone on to pursue academic careers

If you are an international student and you don't meet the entry requirements for this programme, you may be able to apply for our BA Anthropology and Visual Practice with International Foundation.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Chris Wright

Modules & structure

Overview

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:

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Editing
  • 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.

Level 4 

Module title Credits
  Introduction to Social Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropological Methods 15 credits
  Ethnographic Film 15 credits
  Anthropological Ideas 15 credits
  Introduction to Visual Practice 30 credits

Level 5

Module title Credits
  Economics, Politics and Social Change 30 credits
  General Principles in Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 1 15 credits
  Advanced Visual Practice 30 credits

You also choose one of the following modules:

Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits

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 projects of your own choosing and design, the topic to be agreed with the member of the department who acts as supervisor.

You also take option modules, recent examples of which include: 

Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Art 15 credits
  Anthropology of Art II 15 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Environment 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits
  Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 2 15 credits
  Gender Theory in Practice 15 credits
  Health, Medicine and Social Power 15 credits
  History and Anthropology 15 credits
  or
  History and Anthropology 15
  Ideology and the Secular 15 credits
  Indian and Peasant Politics in Amazonia 30 credits
  Myth and Ritual 15 credits
  Urban Anthropology 15 credits

Assessment

Seen and unseen papers, extended essays, practical projects, dissertations and coursework.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

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

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points including three HL subjects

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. 

If you are an international student and you don't meet the entry requirements for this programme, you may be able to apply for our BA Anthropology and Visual Practice with International Foundation.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including a number of distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
Scottish qualifications: ABBBC (Higher), ABC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 77%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A2 B1

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

Anthropology at Goldsmiths is ranked: 6th in the UK for the quality of our research** 36th in the world for this subject area***

Anthropology

Investigate a variety of fascinating areas that have real relevance to modern life.

As a department we’re interested in pushing the discipline forward. We’re known for pioneering new fields including visual anthropology and the anthropology of modernity. And we tackle other contemporary issues like urban planning, development, emotions and aesthetics, and new social movements.

Find out more about the Department of Anthropology

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

***QS World University Rankings by subject area 2016

 

Learning & teaching

On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.

Skills & careers

Skills

Our Anthropology programmes and courses aim to equip you with a range of specialist and transferable skills.

As part of your studies, seminars and course work, you'll develop skills in:

  • communication (including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking, report writing)
  • analytical thinking
  • awareness of social, political and cultural processes
  • awareness of social and cultural difference
  • thinking 'outside the box'

These skills provide a good foundation for a number of career paths. You can find out more about the careers this course prepares you for on our Anthropology careers pages.

Careers

Our students have been successful in a range of areas, from postgraduate research and teaching in higher education, to film making and other media careers, journalism, and museum curating, to applied or advocacy work for NGOs and development agencies.

Our particular emphasis on public anthropology encourages our students to explore options in a range of practice-based and public sector career paths.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Fees & funding

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