Master of Liberal Arts (Visual Culture Research)


The program combines the humanities and social scientific perspectives of Anthropology, Art Theory, and Film Studies with workshops using visual media and relevant software. It also develops students’ skills in working with visual materials. Graduates achieve a high level of visual literacy – an ability to analytically grasp visual materials from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and an understanding of the key conceptual debates in visual studies. Students also develop a practical familiarity with a range of visual media and the relevant software for working with visual materials. Through ‘hands on’ exercises, students combine these analytical and practical skills, developing the ability and confidence to manipulate visual materials for research-related purposes.

Typical courses

  • Anthropology of Media
  • Arguing Objects
  • Digital Media Methods
  • Documentary: Real Life in Virtual Space
  • Filming Cultures
  • Framing the World: Mediating Relations
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Methods, Theories and Skills
  • Internship 1 and 2
  • Master classes in Ethnographic Film
  • Photography in Social Context
  • Points Of View
  • Thinking with a Video Camera (Intensive)
  • Visual Culture Research: Extended Project
  • Visual Culture Research: Key Concepts
  • Visual Culture Research: Special Topics
  • Visual Cultures of Asia
  • Visual Research Project

Our rankings

At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Visual Culture Research).