Academic Courses on Film Archiving, Curating, and Programming

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Graduate School of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

MA in Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image


Ephemeral cultural heritage

Moving images and sound are part of our most cherished cultural heritage. They capture time and place, and give shape to memory and history. They are also fleeting: they unfold in time, and are affected by time. Environmental factors, material decomposition, and increasingly also technological obsolescence threaten the carriers on which they are held, and therefore, endanger their accessibility.

In the Professional Master's programme in Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, we consider how we can deal with such threats. How can we preserve audio-visual materials for future generations? How can we present them, whether as a source of information, entertainment, or aesthetic enjoyment, and whether to broad audiences or specialist ones?

In recent decades, the use of digital technologies has profoundly transformed the ways in which moving images and sound are produced and consumed. Such developments also affect our audio-visual heritage, and the ways in which we preserve them and make them accessible. Inevitably, then, digital standards, tools and workflows figure prominently in the discussions we have in class and during field trips.

Studying Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the University of Amsterdam

The Netherlands, and the city of Amsterdam in particular, provides an ideal location for the study of audio-visual preservation and presentation as key to the work of media archives, film and contemporary art museums, festivals, distribution agencies, broadcasting companies and film studios. The Master's programme collaborates with a range of national and regional institutions; among others, the EYE Filmmuseum (the Netherlands’ national centre for film culture), the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (the national broadcast archive), LIMA: the Living Media Art Foundation and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (both media art institutions) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (the country’s foremost film festival and meeting point for national and international producers and distributors). These organisations not only host tours and supervise interns, but also participate in the programme’s core courses and contribute to the development of an up-to-date curriculum.

During their training at UvA, students in the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image programme consider different types of moving images and sound, focusing alternately on cinema, broadcasting, and media art objects (all of those in analogue and digital manifestations). In the first year of the programme, students spend acquiring critical knowledge; in the second, they put it into practice during an extensive internship.

Degree certificate

Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image is an accredited degree programme of the Master’s in Heritage Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies, and the title of Master of Arts (MA).


Dr. E.L. (Eef) Masson, Programme Coordinator

Email: E.L.Masson@uva.nl

Graduate School of Humanities

University of Amsterdam

Spuistraat 210, Room 003

1012 VT Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Tel: 31 (0)20 525 3157 (Dutch students)

Tel: 31 (0)20 525 4481 (International students)

Fax: 31 (0)20 525 3592

Email:  AdmissionsMA-fgw@uva.nl


Berlin, Germany

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft

Conservation-Restoration Programme

http://kr.htw-berlin.de/ (Master)

http://krg.htw-berlin.de/ (Bachelor)

The HTW – University of Applied Science’s degree course in the preservation of audiovisual and photographic cultural heritage offers a uniquely interdisciplinary scientific-materials and hands-on training approach. Film preservation, the youngest of conservation and restoration disciplines, is pursued in an in-depth programme, not only alongside photography preservation but within the entire context of cultural heritage conservation.

Individual professorships at HTW are devoted to teaching each of the respective realms of cultural heritage to be preserved – archaeological and historical artefacts, modern materials and industrial heritage, and audiovisual and photographic heritage – as well as to teaching the practices of unearthing and scientifically investigating cultural heritage (i.e., field archaeology and conservation science).

Students enrol in one of the programme’s focus areas to participate both in interdisciplinary classes across courses and in focus seminars by the respective teachers or visiting scholars in the specialties unique to their field. Course topics for the audiovisual/photographic preservation curriculum thus range from cultural to film and photo history; manual photography retouching to digital moving image processing; general materials science to photographic chemistry; and collection surveys and passive conservation to film reconstruction and restoration. Within the curriculum, the choice of individual projects, course and thesis subjects, and external internships allows students to pursue a somewhat broader education, or to focus on a particular area of interest (for instance, film preservation or sound restoration).

The school offers both a Bachelor’s degree and a subsequent Master’s programme. Given certain prerequisites, candidates with Bachelor’s degrees from other programmes may directly enrol for the Master’s degree, offering further opportunities for those with previous moving image studies or preservation training or credentials. Graduates from the programme have thus found employment in institutions ranging from EYE Filmmuseum to the Deutsche Kinemathek, from the Swedish Film Institute to the Bundesarchiv/German Federal Archives.

Teaching is both in German and English; thus a German language certificate is indeed required for the programme. That being said, international visitors have always been a vital and  integral part of the student body, and the programme continues to embrace an international, global approach. 

Thus, international candidates interested in studying moving image preservation in Germany in one of the world’s most vibrant municipalities are emphatically encouraged to apply.

The course brochure (in English) can be downloaded HERE.


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüdel

Tel. 49 30 5019-4356

Fax 49 30 5019-48-4356

Email Ulrich.Ruedel@HTW-Berlin.de



Frankfurt, Germany

Goethe Universität Frankfurt (Frankfurt Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies) / DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

Masters program “Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation”


The Masters program “Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation” prepares academic personnel for working in film and media archives and other film culture institutions. It is the first program of its kind in a German university, and is offered by the Goethe Universität (Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies) in conjunction with the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main.

In addition to the various departments and archives of the DFF, the program benefits from a diverse, well-developed and enduring partnership with a wide range of cultural and audiovisual institutions located in the Frankfurt region, and also collaborates with numerous national and international bodies.

Archiving, Programming, Presentation

The process of digitization has resulted in a fundamental transformation of all areas of research and practice in film culture. There is thus a clear demand from institutions for qualified academic personnel with a profound knowledge of film history and theory, who can meet the present challenges through critical thinking, long-term vision and with the specific tools of the discipline.

At the same time, we can presently observe an “analogue turn”, and, above all, a renewed deployment of the concept of the archive in artistic practice, as well as in preservation and exhibition practices. Phenomena such as the archival preservation of the world’s film heritage, the experimental use of film materials by curators and artists, and the presentation of moving images (both digital and analogue) for a public whose configurations are equally in motion, represent a field of tension and a significant challenge for work in film culture and academic reflection.


The Masters in Film Culture prepares academic personnel for working in film and media archives. The program also represents a response to the question of how smaller disciplines, which do not train students for teaching in schools, can support their graduates in their transition to professional careers.

Completing the program qualifies students for professional roles in cinémathèques, film and media archives, print and television journalism, museums and collections with an emphasis on film and audiovisual media, film production and distribution companies, and independent organizations and initiatives, as well as for curatorial activities in both the exhibition sphere and in cinemas and festivals. There is also the possibility of progressing to doctoral study.


DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum: Dr. Ines Bayer, bayer@dff.film

Goethe University Frankfurt: Bettina Schulte Strathaus, b.schulte-strathaus@tfm.uni-frankfurt.de


London, United Kindgom

Birkbeck, University of London

Film Programming and Curating (MA)


Duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance: Two days a week full-time or one day a week part-time, October to July

A first of its kind, this MA in Film Programming and Curating explores the diverse ways in which films are selected and presented to an audience. Studying in the heart of London, one of the world’s leading media hubs, this MA takes full advantage of its location to help you build professional networks, visit various sites of exhibition (from galleries and museums to film festivals and cultural centres) and learn about contemporary film programming and curatorial practice. 

The MA provides a strong academic foundation and relates the latest theoretical thinking to critical practice. It encourages an independence of intellectual thought and spirit, equipping you with the necessary skills and historical and critical knowledge to nurture film and film culture. This MA offers a historical, intellectual and conceptual understanding of film programming, curatorial practice and moving image culture. The curriculum involves: 

  • theories of spectatorship, the audience and the changing conditions of film reception 
  • sites of exhibition and the architecture of the filmic experience 
  • the role of the archive, film canons and the exhibition of great collections 
  • the practicalities involved in programming a film and locating audiences for it. 

The MA combines these strong historical, theoretical and academic foundations with site visits across London, as well as providing internships at leading cultural institutions and film centres, such as the ICA and BFI. You will have the chance to programme events for organisations as diverse as BFI Education, the Korean Cultural Centre and other film centres around London. 

The MA’s teachers are internationally distinguished academics, while visits from cultural practitioners will introduce you to experienced film programmers, curators and art practitioners. Making full use of the opportunities offered by our proximity to London’s vibrant film culture, this MA provides a first step towards building a career in film programming and exhibition, or for further research into the cultures of curating and curatorial practice. 


Los Angeles, USA

UCLA’s Department of Information Studies and Department of Film, TV and Digital Media

Moving Image Archive Studies



UCLA is at the forefront of educating and training the next generation of audiovisual archivists.

Over the past two decades, the technical and cultural challenges to preserving our moving image heritage have steadily increased. UCLA plays a key part in meeting those challenges – not only through the outstanding preservation and research conducted by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, but also by training the emerging generation of information professionals to anticipate, manage, and solve the preservation problems of audiovisual media.

Established in 2002, UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS) MA degree program is the first degree-granting graduate program in North America to offer specialized training in audiovisual preservation. In a reflection of the highly interdisciplinary nature of the media preservation field, MIAS is jointly sponsored by UCLA’s Film and Television Archive, Department of Information Studies and Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.

MIAS is an intensive two-year course of study consisting of specialized seminars, directed studies, an extensive practicum program, workshops, screenings, guest lectures and technical demonstrations. In order to meet the increasing demands upon archival preservation and access that come with rapid technological change and the dramatic expansion of media types, MIAS’s principal goal is to ensure that each generation of moving image archivists can learn from the past and lead in the future.

Beyond the Classroom

MIAS links theory with practice. The MIAS practicum program supports hands-on training opportunities at archives, libraries, and laboratories in the Los Angeles area as well as at UCLA’s own Film & Television Archive. Its graduate seminars encompass the aesthetics and history of film and television, preservation and restoration philosophy, access and programming for the public, collection management, cataloging and documentation. The unique combination of UCLA faculty, award-winning preservationists, technical experts and archival specialists who are at the core of our program keeps MIAS at the very cutting edge of archival education.


Snowden Becker, MIAS Program Manager, becker@gseis.ucla.edu

UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies

P.O. Box 951622

Los Angeles, California 90095-1622


Madrid, Spain

Complutense University of Madrid (School of Communication)

Master Program Audiovisual Heritage. History, Restoration and Management




It is an official Master Program focused on research (for institutions or doctorates) with later employment possibilities in the audiovisual sector.

The 60-credit Master Program is taught in afternoon sessions at the School of Communication.

Compulsory subjects (6 credits each) are:

  1. The history of cinema as an area of research.
  2. The history of photography as an area of research.
  3. The history of television as an area of research
  4. Recovery and documentation of audiovisual heritage.
  5. Management of audiovisual heritage and relevant legislation.

Master thesis (18 credits)

Optative subjects (6 credits each) are:

  1. Photography: research, documentation and management methodologies. Case histories
  2. Television: research, documentation and management methodologies. Case histories
  3. Cinema: research, documentation and management methodologies. Case histories
  4. Practicum: students who so wish can spend a two-month internship in any part of the world during the second semester 

This Master is the only program devoted to conservation in cinema, television and photography; hence our special interest in reaching agreements with film libraries in Latin America. We would be delighted to send them an informative brochure about the Program.

This academic year (2018-2019), we are teaching the 6th edition of this Master Program.  It has received excellent quality assessments.

Enrolment opens in February each year and continues until May. Access to the Complutense University is via official or Europe-certified qualifications.

As a European Master Program, Erasmus rules regarding exchange and mobility apply.

This year, the average cost of a Master program has been 45,02€ per credit (ECTs). Some extra fees apply to non-Community students.


Master Programe web page: https://www.ucm.es/master_patrimonio_audiovisual

UCM official web page: https://www.ucm.es/english



Please feel free to contact us for further information: Loreto Corredoira : loretoc  @ ucm.es




New York City, USA

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

The Moving Image Archive Program


The Moving Image Archive Program is a two-year course of study that trains future professionals to manage preservation-level collections of film, video, new media, and other types of digital works. The program provides prospective collection managers and archivists with an international, comprehensive education in the theories, methods, and practices of moving image archiving and preservation.

Dan Streible is the program’s Director, and Howard Besser and Mona Jimenez are Associate Directors.


The curriculum covers all aspects of moving image archiving, including:

Film History/Historiography and Film Style

Conservation, Preservation, Storage, and Management

Legal Issues and Copyright

Laboratory Techniques

Moving Image Cataloging

Curatorial Work and Museum Studies

Programming; New Media and other Digital Technologies

Metadata and Access to Archival Holdings



Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

Department of Cinema Studies

721 Broadway, Room 600

New York City, NY 10003

Tel: 1 212 998-1600

Fax: 1 212 995-4061

Email: tisch.preservation@nyu.edu


Rochester, USA

Selznick School of Film Preservation

The Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation



The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, established in 1996, is the longest-standing program of its kind worldwide, and the first in the United States. L. Jeffrey Selznick (1911-1997), the son of film producer David O. Selznick, chose George Eastman Museum as the place where he could fulfill his vision of a specialized venue for the education and training in the art and science of preserving cinema as an art form and, more broadly, as a cultural phenomenon.

The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation offers both a Certificate Program and a Masters of Arts Program:

a) the one-year Certificate program runs from September to June of each year, and is held in the premises of George Eastman Museum and in selected archival and laboratory venues.

b) the MA strand, officially called The Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation, is a two-year curriculum held in conjunction with the University of Rochester and offers a Masters of Arts in English.

Admission to the school is limited to a maximum of 15 students per academic year. Class size varies from time to time, but it typically consists of 10 to 14 students, with an ideal mix of certificate and MA students in equal parts. From the outset, the Selznick School was conceived as an international program; over the years, it has recruited from 29 different countries of all continents, from Canada and Mexico to Zimbabwe, Serbia, France, The Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.

For further information about the program visit http://eastman.org/selznickschool/. The school’s administrator, Jeffrey L. Stoiber, Assistant Curator of the Moving Image Department at George Eastman Museum, is happy to answer questions and can be reached jstoiber@geh.org, (585) 271-3361 ext.333.



Jeffrey Stoiber, selznickschool@geh.org

The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation

George Eastman Museum

Motion Picture Department

900 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

Tel: 1 585 271-3361, ext. 333

Fax: 1 585 271-3970


San Sebastian, Spain

EQZE | Film Preservation Studies

Organized by: Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola | Basque Film Archive | San Sebastian International Film Festival | Tabakalera
Tabakalera - International Centre for Contemporary Culture - 
Donostia / San Sebastián



Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is an international centre for thinking, research, experimental practice and pedagogical innovation based around the past, present and future of cinema.

Created and financed by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola is opening in 2017 with a passionately regenerative spirit: its ultimate purpose is not to train technical staff by following traditional standardised training models, but to encourage the emergence of filmmakers with a comprehensive vision of cinema who are able to produce new (working, conceptual, creative, professional) realities on film.

EQZE is taking shape based on the fields of knowledge of the three agents that are taking part in its conceptualisation: the Basque Film Archive, San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Tabakalera cultural project. It is based in Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture where these institutions are also located.

The institutions involved in the development of the School are not teaching institutions but film institutions. This is why the School that they are promoting is also basically a film project: an idea of cinema that is taking shape as an educational project. This is the reason why the EQZE does not have a range of training programmes, but a single educational project made up of three postgraduate programmes.


The course poses the (theoretical, technical and ethical) dilemmas for students that cinema raises as a material and immaterial heritage. As well as tackling all those aspects related to identifying images and sounds on photochemical, magnetic and digital media, the speciality provides the tools
for managing existing collections and creating new ones. The course also provides access to protocols and procedures for revising and restoring materials, using both mechanical and digital tools, which offers genuine practical experience in the laboratory.

Film Preservation studies are carried out in constant interaction with the work at the Basque Film Archive, which provides students with a real-life experience with a film archive officially certified by the FIAF.

Info & Admissions: www.zine-eskola.eus/en

Contact:   info@zine-eskola.eus 


Toronto, Canada

Ryerson University

Film & Photography Preservation and Collections Management



Fueled by the dramatic changes taking place in the world of both photography and film with the advent and growth of digital technology, our Master of Arts (MA) program in Film Photography Preservation and Collections Management now offers specializations in both film and photo preservation. Our unique curriculum is developed and delivered by a range of specialists, from historians of photography and film to library and archival professionals. The two-year course of study will prepare graduates to meet the challenges faced by institutions and organizations that strive to manage, maintain, and develop object- and digital-based collections.



Program Administrator


Ryerson University

350 Victoria Street

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M5B 2K3

Tel: 1 416 979-5000, ext. 4839

Email: gradppcm@ryerson.ca