The entire program is in English. You do not need to have any German language knowledge. But a little understanding of German will help you during your in-house stay in Berlin.
No, there will be no recognition of subjects you might already have taken. All content in our program is obligatory.
No, there is no difference in the certificate. You will receive a normal and official Master certificate (Master of Arts in Visual and Media Anthropology).
At the FU Berlin, we only offer a Master Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology (in German) with one profile Module in Visual Anthropology. You need to have completed and passed the German language test (DSH-2) to study this program.
The program starts every year beginning of October. Check our website for application periods (see Entry Requirements and Admission).
We do not require that our students be professional filmmakers/photographers, and you do not need to submit a letter that guarantees that you have technical knowledge. Some basic operational knowledge is good, and the will to learn is even better! We provide students with basic filming and editing workshops (at the in-house classes in Berlin), and the less experienced students just have to be willing to put more time into learning how to operate the cameras and editing software (Final Cut Pro). We have an editing studio at our institute, and provide students in their final project work with editing assistance if they need it. Students can also choose to work only with photography (digital and/or analogue), and we offer courses that provide photography projects.
We can offer only some basic technical courses. The emphasis is placed on applied visual anthropological knowledge. But you will have the chance to learn the vocabulary you need to communicate with professional camera-people and editors as a director of documentary films. You can also use the editing studio at our institute. But to be admitted you should have some basic knowledge and experience with digital camera techniques.
The study program is full-time, but it's emphasis is e-learning. We try to offer most life-stream-classes in the evening (European time zone from between 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM). Due to many differerent time zones of our students, we can not guarantee that the courses take place for all students worldwide in the evening hours, but all classes are recorded. In case you miss out one class you can listen to the recording whenever you find the time. Furthermnore we use a world-clock-meeting planner to find the best course schedule for each generation of students.
There are also two in-house classes: at the beginning of the program and again in April the following year and it is highly recommended to particpate but not mandatory. You can participate our program while working. You will have two courses per module (one module each semester), and for each course roughly 5.5-7.5 hours of work per week + 1 hour discussion (around 12-18 hours a week). See for detailed workload: FAQ 3 Online modules.
The internship should last 9 weeks and should be admitted in the 3rd (winter)-semester (October to February). You will have to find an internship yourself at a film production company, broadcaster, online media portal, software company, TV-station, museum or other related field of the Master program. We will provide students with contacts for finding companies, festivals, etc.