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The Professional Master's programme in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to partake in the archiving, preservation and presentation of audio-visual media (film, video, digital media) within an institutional context.

Programme features

  • The programme comprises 90 ECTS credits: 36 credits’ worth of core courses on the history, theory and practice of the preservation and presentation of moving images and sound, 12 credits for electives, 24 credits for an internship and 18 credits for a Master's thesis.
  • In the first year of the programme, students acquire critical knowledge on the history of media and the theory and practice of archiving, preserving, curating and reusing moving images and sound. In the second year, they put their knowledge into practice during a 17-week internship at an institution of their own choosing, in the Netherlands or abroad.
  • The programme is unique in Europe, due to its combination of in-depth study of critical issues and practice-based learning, its international orientation and its broad outlook (the fact that it addresses the preservation and presentation of cinema, television and media art).
  • Most courses are open exclusively to students of this programme, and are taught in groups of no more than 16 participants.
  • For their course work, students use the facilities of the Amsterdam-based EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum (the Netherlands’ national film, respectively broadcast archives) and the Sustainability Lab of LIMA, the Living Media Art Foundation, also in Amsterdam (a leading centre for the preservation of media art). In addition, the programme maintains contacts with other relevant institutions, both locally (e.g. V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam; the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and a variety of regional and local film archives) and internationally (e.g. the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin; film laboratory L’Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna; Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles; human rights video organisation Witness, New York; etc). Staff from these institutions teach (guest) lectures and/or supervise internships.
  • Enrolled students get either free or discounted access to screenings, conferences and other special events at the programme’s main partner institutions. Those same institutions also offer opportunities for participation in short-term extra-curricular projects (for example, the annual ‘Nitrate Control week’, in which students join forces with archival staff to assess the preservation state of the materials in EYE’s nitrate vaults) and part-time internships during the first year of their studies.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please check out:

UvA Course Catalogue: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. The thesis’ subject should be relevant to the field of media studies, and more specifically, the preservation and/or presentation of moving images and/or sound. The final text should be at least 17,000 words long.

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.