"Cultural heritage institutions have a growing need for professionals who possess the knowledge and skills to preserve moving image materials. To be an effective moving image archivist in the future will require a combination of the practical and the theoretical." -Howard Besser, Founding Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP)
NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Master of Arts Program accepts applications in early December for admission the following September.
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The field of moving image archiving and preservation requires professionals who are prepared to cope with both the transition of older materials to digital formats, and to ensure that 'born-digital' materials being created today can be retrieved 100 years from now. The MIAP program trains students in every aspect of moving image preservation, teaching them to handle film and video as well as digital and new media in all types of environments.
MIAP combines humanities (the history and context of moving images) with sciences and engineering (the technical processes of how media are created, deteriorate, and can be restored), and ensures constant exposure to real world experiences through class projects and internships. The 64-credit program requires two years of full-time study to complete, including four semesters of coursework, two semester-long internships, and one full-time summer internship.
The diversity of our student body enriches the MIAP classroom and alumni network. Students come from a broad range of personal, academic, and professional backgrounds. Some are media professionals seeking to refocus their energies on archiving and preservation, while others have worked in an unrelated field or have just completed undergraduate studies. What they share is a commitment to audiovisual preservation and a conviction that moving images carry tremendous value for both current and future audiences--for students, scholars, artists, activists, and members of the public.
MIAP takes full advantage of its New York City setting, giving students the opportunity to work with local archives, museums, libraries, labs, and arts organizations. Internships give students experience with multiple institutions, each having a unique organizational culture and approach to archiving and preservation. Graduates of the program have careers as preservation specialists, archivists, research scholars, and conservators in diverse organizations, including library preservation departments, regional and national archives, digital libraries, media arts organizations, museums, production entities, video distributors, and television stations.
The application deadline is December 1 for admission in the following fall semester. If you are interested in applying, please explore our website and review our application guidelines. If you have questions about the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.