The Department of Cinema Studies is now offering a combined B.A. in Cinema Studies/M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) degree. This program is intended for students who would like to combine the history and aesthetics of cinema studies with the theory and practice of archiving and preserving moving images.
By completing the dual degree program instead of going through the two programs separately, students can save up to 32 credits.
This program is open only to Tisch Cinema Studies B.A. students.
Applications for the 5 year B.A. / M.A. program are due by March 15th. Decisions will be sent to students no later than May 1st. All applicants must be sophomores or juniors and be in the process of completing 50-65 credit hours by the end of the spring semester. Students must be in good academic standing with no failed courses and a GPA of at least 3.5. Students who are interested in this BA/MA dual degree are encouraged (but not required) to take one or both of the following MIAP courses prior to applying to the program: 1) Introduction to Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, and 2) Culture of Archives, Museums, and Libraries.
Eligible applicants must submit the following:
• 1-page application form, available at http://cinema.tisch.nyu.edu/object/cs_dualdegree_application.html
• A 2-page personal statement which should outline your interest in the program.
• 2 letters of recommendation from a faculty member or T.A. in the Cinema Studies Dept.
• A 10-20 page academic writing sample that features your best critical and analytical skills.
An unofficial transcript and GPA report will be furnished by the department and added to the student's application package.
The usual GRE requirement for admittance is waived.
The application must be delivered to MIAP coordinator Alicia Kubes on the 6th floor of 721 or 665 Broadway.
As part of the application process, students will be required to attend an interview with a MIAP advisor.
If a student is accepted, the department will acknowledge this in writing with the stipulation that official notification from the graduate Admissions office will be forthcoming once the student completes the B.A. degree.
Accepted students must satisfy all requirements of both the B.A. and M.A. degrees. A B.A. degree in Cinema Studies is 128 credits and the M.A. in MIAP degree is 64 credits. The combined degree consists of 160 credits, of which 32 credits will count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
Students are required to complete all the necessary undergraduate requirements in the first four years of study. During this time, students are also encouraged to complete 32 credits of the 64 credits required for the Master’s in MIAP degree. The MIAP classes that must be taken first are: Introduction to Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, Moving Image and Sound: Basic Training, and Collection Management, and at least one Cinema Studies graduate-level course. During their fifth year, students are expected to take the remaining 32 credits of graduate study.
Students will have the option (with permission of their academic advisor) to be waived from the Cinema Studies graduate Core courses (TV History/Culture and/or Film History/Historiography) if they have completed similar courses in their undergraduate program with a final grade of B or higher. To complete the required 32 graduate credits, B.A./M.A. students can also take advantage of taking graduate courses in the summer, or directed readings or independent studies during the Fall and Spring semesters.
B.A./M.A. MIAP students will be required to complete three internships: 2 Fall/Spring internships and one full-time summer internship (between the 4th and 5th year). Students are required to take the course MIAP Internship Workshop in conjunction with their internships during the Fall/Spring semesters.
B.A./M.A. MIAP students will be required to complete a capstone project in the form of a thesis or portfolio in their fifth year as part of the course Advanced Topics in Preservation Studies.
All accepted students to the dual degree program are considered for a scholarship that will cover approximately 6 credits for the tuition for the fifth year. U.S. citizens can also apply for loans and other government forms of aid for the final year in the M.A. program.
All interested students should see MIAP Coordinator Alicia Kubes (email@example.com) for more information about the program and the application process. Interested students should also discuss this dual degree option with their registration adviser. For more information about the MIAP M.A. program, please visit www.nyu.edu/tisch/preservation.