Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

Degree programme
MA Heritage Studies
Regular study programme
90 ECTS, 18 months
Language of instruction
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Addressing our most cherished cultural heritage

Moving images are part of our most cherished but also fleeting cultural heritage. As well as capturing time and place, memory and history, they carry a myriad of other important data. How is this audiovisual material preserved for future generations and how is it best presented today as a source of information, culture and entertainment, to a general or specialised audience?

The Professional Master's programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image addresses these questions in theory and practice. Students spend the first year acquiring critical knowledge, which is put into practice during an internship during the second year.

In recent decades, the use of digital technologies has transformed the ways in which moving images are produced and consumed. Inevitably, such developments also impact on our audiovisual heritage. The impact of digitisation on the preservation and presentation of moving images will feature prominently in several of the programme’s courses. 

Studying Preservation and Presentation at the UvA

The city of Amsterdam provides an ideal location for this academic programme, and for an internship. The Master's programme is affiliated with various local and regional audiovisual institutes (e.g. EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media and the New Living Media Art Foundation, LIMA) to highlight the role of preserving and presenting moving images as key activity of archives, film museums, festivals, distributors, broadcasting companies and film studios. Archives and festival organisers not only supervise student interns, but also participate in some of the academic courses, contributing with a professional background to the development of an effective curriculum.

During their training at the UvA students of the Preservation and Presentation programme will consider different types of moving images: cinema, television and media art, in both analogue and digital manifestations.

Degree certificate

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


Published by  Graduate School of Humanities