2. Study program
What is the teaching language? Do I need to have knowledge of the German language?
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.
Can I receive credit for any kind of earlier studies in the same field?
No, there will be no recognition of subjects you might already have taken. All content in our program is obligatory.
Is the Master graduation certificate from the distance learning program any different than other Master certificates that do not have web-based courses?
No, there is no difference in the certificate. You will receive a normal and official Master certificate from Freie Universität Berlin (Master of Arts in Visual and Media Anthropology).
Do you have a similar program in English that is not a distance learning program?
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.
When will be the next chance to participate in the program?
The program starts every year at the end of October. Check our website for application periods (see Entry Requirements and Admission).
It is written that applicants are required to have at least basic technical skills in camera, photography and editing. Could you please be more specific about that? Do you need a confirmation letter for these skills?
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.
Are technical aspects of film and photography a part of the program?
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.
Is it possible to pursue the Master program while working (full-time)?
The study program is full-time, but it's emphasis is e-learning. There are also four in-house classes: one each semester lasting two weeks (mid-October and mid-March) and you should participate. You can participate our program while working, as long as you can manage both at the same time. 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.
Internship: When do we have to do an internship and for how long? Do we have to look for a placement on our own or will you provide us with possible contacts?
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, TV-station, museum or other related field of the Master program. We will provide students with contacts for finding companies, festivals, etc.