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Dual Master Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (Media Studies)

Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (Media Studies)

The one-and-a-half-year Dual Master's programme in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image invites students to critically engage with current practices of collecting and selecting, preserving and restoring, and making accessible moving images and sound.

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Ephemeral cultural heritage

Moving images and sound are part of our most cherished cultural heritage. They capture time and place, and give shape to memory and history. They are also fleeting: they unfold in time, and are affected by time. Environmental factors, material decomposition, and increasingly also technological obsolescence threaten the carriers on which they are held, and therefore, endanger their accessibility.

In the Dual Master's programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, we consider how we can deal with such threats. How can we preserve audio-visual materials for future generations? How can we present them, whether as a source of information, entertainment, or aesthetic enjoyment, and whether to broad audiences or specialist ones?

In recent decades, the use of digital technologies has profoundly transformed the ways in which moving images and sound are produced and consumed. Such developments also affect our audio-visual heritage, and the ways in which we preserve them and make them accessible. Inevitably, then, digital standards, tools and workflows figure prominently in the discussions we have in class and during field trips.

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Studying Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the University of Amsterdam

The Netherlands, and the city of Amsterdam in particular, provides an ideal location 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. The Master's programme collaborates with a range of national and regional institutions; among others, the EYE Filmmuseum (the Netherlands’ national centre for film culture), the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (the national broadcast archive), LIMA: the Living Media Art Foundation and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (both media art institutions) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (the country’s foremost film festival and meeting point for national and international producers and distributors). These organisations not only host tours and supervise interns, but also participate in the programme’s core courses and contribute to the development of an up-to-date curriculum.

During their training at UvA, students in the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image programme consider different types of moving images and sound, focusing alternately on cinema, broadcasting, and media art objects (all of those in analogue and digital manifestations). In the first year of the programme, students spend acquiring critical knowledge; in the second, they put it into practice during an extensive internship.

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Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image is an accredited degree programme of the 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).

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Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (Media Studies)
Degree programme MA Media Studies
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 90 ECTS, 18 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60830