Students in the Masters of Visual Anthropology (MVA) program at USC pursue an academically rigorous course of study, focusing on Anthropology’s applications to the production of visual media and documentary. MVA students learn qualitative research methods, contemporary anthropological theory, and ethnographic film history and theory, while gaining hands-on experience in anthropological media production and non-fiction cinematic practice.
The MVA is designed as an intensive, full-time program that spans a calendar year, including the summer after coursework, during which students complete a 20- to 30-minute thesis film based on original ethnographic research. There is also the option to complete the MVA degree over two years of study, providing students who have work or other obligations more flexibility in undertaking the course work and field research required for the degree.
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