Academic Offer

Research Master's Programs - Visual Anthropology 2019-2021



Modality: face-to-face


To train specialists in anthropological theories over the image trained in the use of the ethnographic method. The program gives special attention to the discussions about representation, ethics, politics and the borders between art and anthropology. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid background in visual anthropology, contemporary documentary, ethnography of the social life of images and dialogue between anthropology and contemporary art. In addition, it offers practical training in the managing technology of audio-visual production.  This specialization is unique in the country and the first in Latin America.

Who is it for?

This program is directed to professionals who work in the field of anthropology, social sciences and visual arts that are interested on improving their capacities for research, teaching and interventions linked with the anthropology research and contemporary theories about visuality. The program is addressed to professionals involved in research, teaching, management and cultural creativity, photographic and documentary film production, and workers from private cultural institutions, NGOs and state institutions. The program is particularly interested in fostering intercultural discussion and encourages applications from African descent, indigenous students and sexual minorities.

Occupational field

Academic and applied research; teaching and training in anthropology and visuality, including audiovisual production; advice on issues of culture, cultural management and interculturality. Graduates of the master's degree can be inserted in national and local governmental bodies; in NGOs and private institutions; museums, archives and cultural centers, and in research centers.

Curriculum structure

In order to get a Master’s degree, students must complete 64 credits in total, divided in:

  • 12 courses of four credits each with a total of 48 credits.
  • A research workshop of twelve credits.
  • 4 credits for the production and presentation of the master's thesis.
Class schedule
From Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Some courses will be held Monday through Friday from 07:00 to 09:00.



Formación general
(3 obligatorias)
Teorías antropológicas
Teoría social
Pensamiento político
Perspectiva histórica de la formación de las sociedades y naciones latinoamericanas
Antropología e historia urbana
Antropología e historia amazónica
Antropología e historia andina

Especialización Antropología visual
Visualidad, antropología y arte contemporáneo
Documental: fotografía, cine y memoria
Técnicas de producción audiovisual I

Área metodológica
Métodos cualitativos

Talleres de tesis Taller de Tesis I, II y III

Optativas del programa** Antropología de la representación
Cuerpo y sociedad
Medios y cultura
Técnicas de producción audiovisual II

* Certain matters might be subject to changes.
** The students in addition can choose for the set of courses that offer FLACSO's different educational programs.

Lines of investigation

  •     Power
  •     Globalization
  •     Visuality

    Admission requirements

    • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent certification by a duly certified higher education institution.
    • Ability to read and understand texts in English.
    • Have the means to finance the studies and study them with due dedication.
    • Completion of an academic aptitude exam.
    • Comply with all the specific requirements of the teaching program to which you apply and those indicated in the 'Application process' section of the online application form.

    Entry Process

    All applicants will enter a selection process. Through the website:, applicants must complete the application online, attach all required documentation and send it to FLACSO Ecuador. Selected applicants will be interviewed by FLACSO professors.

    Stipend scholarships and financial assistance

    FLACSO Ecuador has a scholarship and financial assistance policy for students admitted into its Master's programs. The policy is shaped by criteria of academic performance and by the socio-economic situation of the applicants.


    • Application Deadline: until May 31, 2019
    • Entrance exam: June 15 (saturday)
    • Interviews to preselected: from June 24 to July 5
    • Admission information: July 18
    • Admission decisions: August 15
    • Registration period: from September 19 to October 3
    • Extraordinary registrations: October 4 to 18
    • First day of classes: October 21, 2019