USC Center for Visual Anthropology

USC Center for Visual Anthropology

The USC Center for Visual Anthropology or CVA, is a part of the department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. It was created by anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff and was directed by ethnographic filmmaker Tim Asch from 1983 until his death in 1994.

CVA offered a master of arts in visual anthropology or M.A.V.A. to graduate students up until 2001. Currently, doctoral students affiliated with the CVA and e-lab now have the option to receive a certificate in visual anthropology

For a number of years, CVA served as a local host for the Margaret Mead Film Festival

Student Projects



Early application of Mosaic, 1994


  • Barbash, Ilisa and Lucien Taylor. Cross-cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
  • Ruby, Jay. " Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch" In Picturing Culture: Essays on Film and Anthropology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

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