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Cinema Studies Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline: 

December 1, 2014 for the Ph.D./Cinema Studies

January 5, 2015 for the following degree programs:

M.A./Cinema Studies

M.A./ Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

Admission is based on previous academic achievement, a personal statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants to the M.A. Program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation should demonstrate an interest in the history and preservation of the moving image.  NOTE:  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is only required for the Cinema Studies Ph.D. Program. It is no longer required for the Cinema Studies M.A. program or the M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.

Please prepare the following:

  1. A professional résumé listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, language ability, etc.
  2. A statement of purpose (two to three pages, double-spaced) outlining your academic and professional background, goals, and what you hope to gain from the program.
  3. A 15- to 20-page writing sample that reflects your ability to carry out sustained critical, theoretical, and/or historical thinking on Film, television, video, and/or new media. In the absence of a moving-image-related topic, a piece of writing on a subject in the arts or humanities is acceptable.

Please attach these to the online application. Contact three recommenders and ask that they submit a letter on your behalf through the online system. Gather and send all academic transcripts in one package and send to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Master of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP)

On October 27th,  the MIAP program will host an Information Session for Prospective Students (530-7pm, 665 Broadway, 6th Floor). To RSVP for this event, please email

In honor of UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27th,  the MIAP students are planning to host a special screening of rare archival audiovisual material from NYC institutions the week of the Info Session. More information about the Fall 2014 event will be available on the MIAP website this Fall.  For information about last year's event , please visit

This 64-credit course of study provides prospective moving image archivists with an international, comprehensive education in the theories, methods, and practices of moving image archiving and preservation. The curriculum will cover all aspects of moving image archiving, including: film history/historiography and film style; conservation, preservation, and storage; legal issues and copyright; laboratory techniques; moving image cataloging; curatorial work and museum studies; programming; use of new digital technologies; and access to archival holdings.

Applicants to the M.A. program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) should follow the same application instructions as applicants to the Cinema Studies programs (see above). In addition,  MIAP applicants should demonstrate an interest in the history and preservation of the moving image. In their statement of purpose, MIAP applicants should clearly state and explain why they are interested in the MIAP program.

Please visit the MIAP Program's web site to learn more about the MIAP curriculum, faculty, latest news & events, special research projects, and much more:

If you have any questions about the MIAP Program, please contact 

Applicants may be interested in visiting the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) website for more information on fellowships and scholarships offered through the Association. Deadlines are generally in May and forms are available on AMIA's website: