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Time-based media

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.


Unique in Europe


Ideal base for this study

Dual Master's

Extensive internship


Collaboration with Archival and Information Studies

Why study Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image in Amsterdam?

  • The Netherlands, and the city of Amsterdam in particular, is an ideal base 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, for which Amsterdam is a hub.
  • The Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image programme is unique in Europe due to its combination of the in-depth study of critical issues and practice-based learning, its international orientation, and its broad outlook. You will have the chance to study different types of moving images and sound, focusing alternately on cinema, broadcasting and media art (all in their analogue and digital manifestations) and in relation to each other.
  • By following this collaborative programme, you will be prepared for a professional career in a number of related areas such as, for instance, recordkeeping, collection management, preservation, or presentation. You will become familiar with the present-day reality of different types of archival institutions, which are increasingly concerned with comparable issues of access, use and sustainability.


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.

Degree certificate

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).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Media Studies
Regular study programme
90 ECTS, 18 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
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