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

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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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.


Moving images and sound are part of our most cherished cultural heritage. They capture time and place, and give shape to memory and history. They are also fleeting: they unfold in time, and are affected by time. Environmental factors, material decomposition, and increasingly also technological obsolescence threaten the carriers on which they are held, and therefore, endanger their accessibility.

In the Professional Master's programme in Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, we consider how we can deal with such threats. How can we preserve audio-visual materials for future generations? How can we present them, whether as a source of information, entertainment, or aesthetic enjoyment, and whether to broad audiences or specialist ones?

In recent decades, the use of digital technologies has profoundly transformed the ways in which moving images and sound are produced and consumed. Such developments also affect our audio-visual heritage, and the ways in which we preserve them and make them accessible. Inevitably, then, digital standards, tools and workflows figure prominently in the discussions we have in class and during field trips.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Collection and Collection Management
  • Access and Reuse
  • Preservation and Restoration
  • Cinema Histories and Cultures
  • Research Workshop + Master's Thesis Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image
  • Master Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation
  • Master's Internship Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image
  • Project proposal

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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    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

In order to qualify for the Master's programme in Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, applicants need a BA in Media and Culture Studies (or equivalent, see below). The programme is selective, so study performance, work experience and motivation will be considered as well.

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).

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.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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