Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin

FB 5 Gestaltung und Kultur - Konservierung und Restaurierung/Grabungstechnik

Wilhelminenhofstraße 75A, 12459 Berlin,


  T:  49-30 5019 4356

F: 49-30 5090 134

Individual Contacts:

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Rüdel

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.