• The MA in Visual Anthropology has been central in shaping my theoretical, methodological and practical work as an anthropologist.
    Sarah Pink - MA Visual Anthropology 1989-90 - Professor of Media and Communication, RMIT University
  • I really appreciate how you've given us not only the building blocks, but also the theoretical grounding to be good visual anthropologists.
    Karlia Campbell - MA Visual Anthropology 2009-10, EDF pathway - Visual Anthropologist at VIA Pictures
  • The MA is possibly the most fun bit of education I have ever done. Aside from learning the basics of hands-on film-making, it is a very different way of doing anthropology.
    Gavin Searle - MA Visual Anthropology 1993-94 - BAFTA award winning documentary director
  • It was provocative and challenging to work out how I could use filmmaking as an analytical tool to shape, not just reflect, my research process.
    Alyssa Grossman - PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media 2004-10 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Gothenburg
  • The MAVA was one of the most inspiring educational and creative experiences of my life. Aside from making deep friendships, I grew tremendously during this period.
    Jana Carrey - MA Visual Anthropology 2006-07, EDSEM Pathway - Freelance documentary photographer
  • I was very satisfied with how fast I progressed with my filming skills, since when I started, I did not even know how to switch on a video camera!
    Andre Cicalo - PhD Social Anthropology with Visual Media, 2005-10 - Marie Curie IOF Research Fellow, King's College London
  • My experience in Manchester made possible an old dream: to incorporate a new language – the audiovisual – in the anthropological discourse.
    Sylvia Caiuby Novaes - Postdoctorate 1993-95 - Professor of Anthropology at the Universidade de São Paulo

Why the Granada Centre.

Here is what makes the Granada Centre the best place for visual anthropology

He who never fails, never risks anything. What is the most interesting thing in life? Very probably to run risks. That for me is our profession.
Jean Rouch 1967


Updates, events and work in progress from our students and staffView All

MA Visual Anthropology Showcase 2019.

Posted in - News
on October 8th, 2019

Our MA in Visual Anthropology cohort 2018-19 will soon graduate. Join us at the screening of their documentary films and exhibition of their multimedia works. The event, called Through the Looking Glass, is a unique opportunity to witness our students’…

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Short Course Ethnographic Documentary.

Posted in - News
on April 21st, 2019

The course will take place from 17 to 28 June 2019 and is addressed to beginners who want to learn the technicalities of camera use, editing and sound recording, applied to the specific perspective of ethnographic documentary and visual anthropology.…

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Creative Image Conference.

Posted in - News
on March 17th, 2018

Two of our PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media students, with support of AHRC, are co-organising the Visual Research Network 1st International Residency Conference and residency entitled ‘Creative Image; Ways of seeing, representing and reshaping reality’. The residency will…

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MA Visual Anthropology Showcase 2017.

Posted in - MA & News
on October 3rd, 2017

Graduation is approaching for our MA Visual Anthropology students. Join us at Leaf on Portland Street in central Manchester on October 21st and 22nd 2017 to experience the work they completed during the summer. Films and exhibitions will be on…

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In Conversation with Larry Gottheim.

Posted in - News
on May 19th, 2017

Screen Studies at Drama and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology are happy to host one of the leading avant-garde experimental filmmakers – Larry Gottheim. Born in 1936, Larry taught himself 16mm filmmaking in the 1960s. From his late-1960s series…

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Our Team.

The Teaching and Technical Staff involved in running the courses at the Granada Centre