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MA in Media Studies - Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image University of Amsterdam



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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.

Programme features

The programme comprises 90 ECTS credits: 36 credits’ worth of core courses on the history, theory and practice of the preservation and presentation of moving images and sound, 12 credits for electives, 24 credits for an internship and 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

In the first year of the programme, students acquire critical knowledge on the history of media and the theory and practice of archiving, preserving, curating and reusing moving images and sound. In the second year, they put their knowledge into practice during a 17-week internship at an institution of their own choosing, in the Netherlands or abroad.

The programme is unique in Europe, due to its combination of in-depth study of critical issues and practice-based learning, its international orientation and its broad outlook (the fact that it addresses the preservation and presentation of cinema, television and media art).

Most courses are open exclusively to students of this programme, and are taught in groups of no more than 16 participants.

For their course work, students use the facilities of the Amsterdam-based EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum (the Netherlands’ national film, respectively broadcast archives) and the Sustainability Lab of LIMA, the Living Media Art Foundation, also in Amsterdam (a leading centre for the preservation of media art).

Enrolled students get either free or discounted access to screenings, conferences and other special events at the programme’s main partner institutions. Those same institutions also offer opportunities for participation in short-term extra-curricular projects (for example, the annual ‘Nitrate Control week’, in which students join forces with archival staff to assess the preservation state of the materials in EYE’s nitrate vaults) and part-time internships during the first year of their studies.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA in Media Studies - Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image.

Full Time (90 ECTS, 18 months)

Tuition fees

€13,310.00 (10,30,080) per year




University of Amsterdam

Spui 21,



1012, Netherlands

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants need a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Amsterdam, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university, in:

  • Media and Culture Studies;
  • another discipline, but with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits’ worth of courses related to art, culture and media (to be approved by the selection committee).

Grade average

If you wish to apply for a dual Master's programme, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least an

  • B/3.3 (American system)
  • 2.1 (an upper second class degree in the British system)
  • C (ECTS-system), or
  • 7.0 (Dutch system)

English language proficiency

  • IELTS Academic test: minimum score 6.5, at least 6.5 on each sub-score.
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: minimum score 92, at least 22 on each sub-score.

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