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 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 Gabriel Dattatreyan

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)

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  Introduction to Social Anthropology 30 credits
  Ethnography of a Selected Region 15 credits
  Anthropological Methods 15 credits
  Ethnographic Film 15 credits
  Anthropological Ideas 15 credits
  Introduction to Visual Practice 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

Year 2 modules Module title Credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 30 credits
  Thinking Anthropologically 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 1 15 credits
  Advanced Visual Practice 30 credits
  Anthropology at Work 15 credits

You also choose one of the following modules:

Year 2 option modules Module title Credits
  Ethnography of a Selected Region II 15 credits
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)

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 also take option modules, recent examples of which include:

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Art I 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Art II 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Environment 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual II 30 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  The Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology of Human Animal Relations 15 or 30 credits
  Health, Medicine and Social Power 15 credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Ideology and the Secular 15 credits
  Indian and Peasant Politics in Amazonia 15 or 30 credits
  Myth and Ritual 15 credits
  Urban Anthropology 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Environmental Anthropology 15 or 30 credits
  Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology 15 credits
  Borders and Migration 15 credits (UG) 30 credits (PG)
  Learning from Social Movements 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Digital Anthropology Level 6 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 - 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 12% scheduled learning, 88% 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 - 35% coursework, 37% written exam, 28% practical
  • Year 2 - 69% coursework, 12% written exam, 19% practical
  • Year 3 - 85% coursework, 15% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. 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, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2019/20 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £15810

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.

If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.

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 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

What our students say

Benji

"Something that’s been particularly significant to me is the friends that I’ve made on my course."

"I read about the Anthropology and Visual Practice course and I thought ‘this sounds really interesting’. I didn’t want to do a course that focused completely on photography, so this sounded like a great mix of practice and theory.

I’ve always been interested in studying people and culture, but I’ve never done it in depth. At Goldsmiths you cover so much material and so many different places as well. I’ve come to learn, from studying anthropology, that you have to forget your biases and your own ethnocentric opinions when you’re looking at other cultures because in no way is it the same experience to yours. I think that would be very helpful if everyone could have a deeper cultural understanding and knowledge.

Something that’s been particularly significant to me is the friends that I’ve made on my course. There’s such a diverse group of people at here, which has been really really nice."