The one-and-a-half-year Dual Master's in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image invites students to critically engage with current practices of collecting and selecting, preserving and restoring, making accessible, presenting and curating moving images and sound.
Moving images and sound are part of our most cherished cultural heritage. They capture time and place, and shape memory and history. They are also fleeting: they unfold in time, and are affected by time. Environmental factors, material decomposition, but increasingly also technological obsolescence threaten their long-term accessibility. In the dual Master's programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, we consider how we can deal with such threats.
Aside from focusing on the question of how to preserve audio-visual materials for future generations, the programme is also concerned with how we present both historical and contemporary moving images as sources of information, works of art, media (historical) phenomena, or as objects of entertainment, to broad audiences and to more specialist ones.
The programme collaborates with a range of national and regional institutions, such as Eye Filmmuseum (the Netherlands’ centre for film culture), the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (the national broadcast and media archive), LIMA (Dutch platform for media art) and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Importantly, these organisations host site visits and supervise interns, and they also contribute to the programme’s courses and the development of an up-to-date curriculum.
Since the academic year of 2020-2021, the programme also collaborates closely with the master's in Archival and Information Studies (also part of the dual Master’s in Media Studies cluster), meaning that you will have access to the shared expertise of both programmes while also enjoying track-specific, small-scale, specialist teaching.
After graduation you can find employment as a curator, preservationist or programmer in film and television archives, museums and at festivals around the world.
Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image is an accredited degree programme of the dual Master’s in Media Studies. Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Media Studies, and the title of Master of Arts (MA).