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“The moving image archive world is tight-knit, and passionate, and through MIAP we were welcomed into it with open arms. The best part of the MIAP program was the people—not only my fellow classmates, with their wide-ranging backgrounds and points of view, who became close friends—but also members of the archival community we met through internships, conferences, presentations, and adjunct faculty." -Jeff Martin, Archival Moving Image Consultant, MIAP '05

Students in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) MA Program receive ongoing support from faculty, academic advisors, and administrative staff. Alumni and professionals provide additional guidance through internship supervision, conference meetings, and feedback on thesis presentations. With relatively small class sizes and a local student chapter of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), MIAP offers many opportunities for students to build connections with their peers that will last well beyond graduation.

Below are key resources for current MIAP students, including an overview of academic policies, a note about important dates, and a list of program contacts. Students are always welcome to contact their academic advisor and MIAP Program Manager Jess Cayer (jess.cayer@nyu.edu) with any questions or concerns they may have.

Program Contacts

The Important Contacts section of the 2019-20 MIAP Student Handbook includes contact information for faculty and staff in MIAP, the Department of Cinema Studies, and the George Amberg Memorial Film Study Center. For additional campus resources outside of the department, please see the Tisch & University Resources section of the handbook.

MIAP Student Google Group

MIAP students, faculty, and staff use the student Google gruop as a listserv to share program-relevant articles, research findings, temporary/part-time employment opportunities, and conference or event details. MIAP faculty and staff also use the listserv to make important announcements and to broadcast upcoming deadlines. Students can share MIAP-related items on the listserv by writing to its email address.

Important Dates & Course Schedule

Prior to the start of each semester, MIAP staff share a course schedule for the upcoming term and a list of important dates and deadlines. The list is active and may expand over the course of the semester as needed. Deadlines related to registration and payment are derived from the University Registrar’s academic calendar and the Bursar’s website. Students should familiarize themselves with both MIAP’s list of important dates and the University-wide resources mentioned above.

Academic Policies

Students should refer to the 2019-20 MIAP Student Handbook as well as the Tisch School of the Arts Policies and Procedures Handbook for matters such as academic standards, grading policies, registration regulations, and degree requirements. Any questions not answered in these handbooks may be addressed to MIAP's Director (Juana Suárez, juana@nyu.edu) and Program Manager (Jess Cayer, jess.cayer@nyu.edu), as well as the Department of Cinema Studies Chair (Anna McCarthy, anna.mccarthy@nyu.edu).

MIAP Thesis Guidelines

The MIAP thesis is a capstone project in the form of an academic paper, a documented preservation project, or a professional portfolio. 

  • An academic paper must demonstrate substantial research and analysis addressing an aspect of the history, theory, or practice of moving image archiving and preservation. The paper should contribute to the field and have the potential to be published. 
  • A preservation project is done in partnership with an organization for which the student performs tasks such as collection assessment, description, re-housing, preservation planning and/or management, development of access forms, and/or fundraising. The project’s written component typically contains two parts: (1) a report with supporting documents, deliverable to the organization, and (2) an analysis of one or more archival issues raised by the project. 
  • A professional portfolio includes (1) an essay synthesizing topics studied during the MIAP program, as well as (2) revised versions of the best papers and projects the student has completed during course work. The portfolio should serve as an example of what the student might present a potential employer. It must therefore be packaged appropriately and include a vita or resumé with a list of references.

Current students: you will begin thinking about a thesis topic and its form during the second semester of the first year and should identify more specific ideas over the summer prior to your second year. Seek advice from your academic advisor, faculty members, or informal mentors at any time during the process. You will further develop your thesis plans in a third-semester course, CINE-GT 3490 Advanced Topics in Preservation Studies.

You can find more information in the full document of MIAP Thesis Guidelines.