NYU's new graduate program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation accepted its first students in the Fall of 2003. The two–year course of study trains future professionals to manage and preserve collections of film, video, new media, and other digital works. The program provides prospective collection managers and archivists with an international, comprehensive education in the theories, methods, and practices of moving image archiving and preservation. The curriculum covers all aspects of moving image archiving, including: Film History/Historiography and Film Style; Conservation, Preservation, Storage, and Management; Legal Issues and Copyright; Laboratory Techniques; Moving Image Cataloging; Curatorial Work and Museum Programming; New Media and other Digital Technologies; and Access to Archival Holdings.
The program is designed to provide students with maximum practical experience through working relationships with a wide variety of archives, museums, libraries, labs, arts organizations, and production entities. Each semester and summer, students are required to carry out internships. The semester internships are NY-based; international internships and those outside of NY are encouraged for the summer. Also, it is expected that students will undertake projects at the organizations in NY and elsewhere as part of other on-going coursework. This interaction will provide valuable assistance to the organizations, essential experience for students, and will enhance exchange and collaboration between the NYU program and the larger moving image preservation community.
For internships, students will work in a mentoring relationship with a preservation professional. The internship project must contribute substantially to the studentŐs learning, and the sponsor can expect a worker that will bring dedication and focus to his or her tasks, and who is intensely engaged with issues of moving image preservation.
Students are expected, over the two years, to obtain experience with both film and television/video, and to work with both laboratory practices and collection management. While the program is focused primarily on media preservation, it is with an understanding of the importance of ancillary materials that may exist in other forms.
Though not required, paid internships and travel subsidies are encouraged.
Coursework projects will be more informal, and may take place in organizations who have significant moving image collections but do not have preservation professionals on staff. There are no minimum requirements for length of time and hours; mutual expectations will be negotiated by the students and the site. Faculty will work with students to suggest organizations that will be a good fit between student and organizational needs.
The MIAP Program is maintaining a database of organizations interested in hosting formal internships and informal project–based workers. Sites are added on an on–going basis and we welcome new prospects.
Alicia Kubes, Administrative Coordinator
Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program
Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
665 Broadway, Rm. 637
New York NY 10012
phone: 212 998 1618
fax: 212 995 4061