Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition Fee
    10500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #59 (WUR) ,
Moving images are part of our most cherished but also fleeting cultural heritage. As well as capturing time and place, memory and history, they carry a myriad of other important data.


Moving images are part of our most cherished but also fleeting cultural heritage. As well as capturing time and place, memory and history, they carry a myriad of other important data.

How is this audiovisual material preserved for future generations and how is it best presented today as a source of information, culture and entertainment, to a general or specialised audience? The Professional Master's programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image addresses these questions in theory and practice. Students spend the first year acquiring critical knowledge, which is put into practice during an internship during the second year. The city of Amsterdam provides an ideal location for this academic programme, and for an internship. The Master's programme is affiliated with various local and regional audiovisual institutes ( e.g. Eye Fim Institute Netherlands, the Netherlands Media Art Institute and V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media) to highlight the role of preserving and presenting moving images as key activity of archives, film museums, festivals, distributors, broadcasting companies and film studios. Archives and festival organisers not only supervise student interns, but are also in charge of some of the academic courses, contributing with a professional background to the development of an effective curriculum.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The Professional Master's programme in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image provides students with the knowledge and skills to archive audiovisual material (film, video, digital media) in an institutional context and to present such work to an audience.

The first year of this programme focuses on the history and theory of media, as well as on the historical and contemporary practices of programming and archiving. In the second year, students put their new knowledge into practice with a 10 to 14-week period of work experience. The combination of in-depth theoretical knowledge and practice-based learning makes the Professional Master's programme in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image unique in Europe.

Programme outline

The Professional Master's programme in the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image yields 90 ECTS: 60 credits for core courses, 10 credits for a Master's thesis and 20 credits for an internship.

The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one-and-a-half years. In exceptional circumstances, the course requirements may be completed in one year.

Most courses are open exclusively to students of the Professional Master's programme in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, and are taught in groups of no more than 15 students.

Students can use the facilities of the Film Museum and the Institute for Sound and Vision. These two national archives are also in charge of some of the academic modules. The programme also maintains contacts with the film archives in Bologna and Dublin, the Film Museum in Düsseldorf and universities in New York, London, Berlin, Udine, Gorizia, Bergen, Oslo and Trontheim.


In the third and last semester, students take part in an internship project at an institute in the field of audiovisual archiving and presentation, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Past internship projects include: the identification and description of nitrate film and digital restoration in the Film Museum's collection department, the development of a website for the online distribution of films for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, collaboration on the European BIRTH project on early television at the Institute for Sound and Vision, and the cataloguing and description of video works by Cardenas and Hooykaas & Stansfield at Montevideo TBA.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s). The final text should be approximately 10,000 words. The thesis must be developed in close collaboration with one or more institutes in the field of audiovisual media archiving and presentation. Students present their theses at a joint symposium.

Degree requirements

Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Grade average: Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalant to at least: B/ 3.0 (American system) 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system) C (ECTS-system) 7.0 (Dutch system)

Previous education: The Master’s in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image is open to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: - Media and Culture; - another discipline whereby a minimum of 60 ECTS credits were achieved in courses related to art, culture and media (to be judged by the Examinations Board). Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image is a Professional Master's programme. Because of the limited amount of internships that are available, all prospective students of Professional Master's programmes are subject to a selection process. The selections committee will hereby scrutinise the content of a prospective student's Bachelor programme, his/her study results and general motivation.

Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School of Humanities (www.gsh.uva.nl).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1906 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1,000 - 1,500 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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