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Research Master's Programs - Visual Anthropology 2016-2018


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.


Application Deadline: May 27, 2016
Entrance exam: June 10, 2016
Interviews, selection and scholarship assignation process: from June 20 to July 1, 2016
Admission information: July 7, 2016
Admission decisions: August 15, 2016
Registration period: from July 8 to September 2, 2016
First day of classes: October 17, 2016

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, 17h00-20h00. Some courses take place from 07h00 to 09h00.



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 memoriaI
Técnicas de producción audiovisual

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.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent certification by a duly certified higher education institution.
  • Grades in previous university studies that average at least 80% of the maximum grade of that institution’s scale.
  • Exclusive dedication of at least five hours daily to the teaching program.
  • Completion of an academic aptitude examm.
  • Proven ability to read and understand texts in English.

Entry Process

All applicants must complete an online form and attach all the required documents. The cost of the application is 30 USD. All applications will be submitted to the corresponding program’s selection process. Selected applicants will be interviewed by FLACSO professors.


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.