Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

1T67

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Anthropology

Course overview

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 learn from experts across the Department, which has been rated top 10 in the UK for anthropology in the 2023 QS World Univesity Rankings by Subject.
  • 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.

Contact the department

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

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What you'll study

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.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you'll take five compulsory modules, and choose between two optional modules of either Anthropological Ideas or Being Related. You'll complete the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Introduction to Visual Practice 30 credits
Approaches to Contemporary Anthropology 30 credits
Anthropological Methods 15 credits
Ethnographic Film 15 credits
Advancing your Anthropology 15 credits

You'll also choose one of the following two optional modules:

Module title Credits
Anthropological Ideas 15 credits
or
Being Related 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In your second year, you'll take six compulsory modules and one optional module. The compulsory modules are:

Module title Credits
Advanced Visual Practice 30 credits
Critical Ecologies: black, indigenous and transnational feminist approaches 15 credits
Anthropology and Political Economy 15 credits
Thinking Anthropologically 15 credits
Thinking Through Race 15 credits
The Goldsmiths Elective 15 credits

You also choose one of the following modules:

Module title Credits
Anthropology and Public Policy 15 credits
Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Anthropology and Global Justice 15 credits
Anthropology of Religion 15 credits
Working with Images 15 credits
Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your final year, you'll complete the compulsory module Individual Studies with Practice for 30 credits. You can then choose optional modules from an approved list in the Department of Anthropology to the value of 90 credits.

Module title Credits
Individual studies with practice 30 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

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

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 25% coursework, 50% written exam, 25% practical
  • Year 2 - 69% coursework, 13% written exam, 19% practical
  • Year 3 - 85% coursework, 15% practical

*Please note that these averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

You will also take 90 credits of option modules, recent examples of which include:

Module title Credits
Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits
Anthropology of Health 1 15 credits
Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits
Anthropology in Public Practice 30 credits
Borders and Migration 15 credits
Learning from Social Movements 15 credits
Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology 15 credits
Anthropology of Art 15 credits
Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
Digital Anthropology 15 credits
Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
Anthropology of Development 15 credits
Gender Theory in Practice 15 credits
Staff/Student Research Project 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

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

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 25% coursework, 50% written exam, 25% practical
  • Year 2 - 69% coursework, 13% written exam, 19% practical
  • Year 3 - 85% coursework, 15% practical

*Please note that these averages are based on enrolments for 2022/23. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

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.

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

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

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. 

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Alternative qualifications

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £20160

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

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