University of Rochester
Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation

The Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation at the University of Rochester is an innovative curricular development administered jointly by the University and The George Eastman House (GEH).

Film and Media Studies (FMS) faculty participate jointly with GEH staff members in fielding applications to the program, which is an academically accredited extension of GEH’s pioneering and award-winning one-year certificate program in Film and Media Preservation (the L Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation).

The L Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation was the first permanent school in North America dedicated to teaching motion picture preservation, restoration, and conservation, and has currently sent over 100 specialists into the field of film preservation. As the first of its kind, it has become the model and standard-bearer for other programs.

FMS faculty are instrumental in the planning and implementation of the curriculum for this two-year interdepartmental and institutionally integrated course of study housed in the English Department. This collaboration marks an important and essential joining of forces between the archival and academic worlds that are so vital to film culture, and will allow the program to produce alumni with a solid foundation in both areas of work and study, each complementing the other.

During the first year of this program, the bulk of student coursework is carried out at GEH. Coursework at GEH for first year students encompasses pedagogy in: Museum Practice; Curatorial Theory and Practice; Film Conservation and Restoration; Archive Management; Laboratory Work (techniques, standards and practices of motion picture laboratory conservation procedures); and a Personal Project (individually chosen and planned restoration project carried out under faculty advisement and supervision).

During their second year in the program, students in this new MA program are based at the University of Rochester, where they have access to University faculty research and teaching, and the University’s academic environment and intellectual community.

For more information, please contact:

Jeffrey L. Stoiber
The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation
Phone: (585) 271-3361, ext. 333
Fax: (585) 271-3970

George Eastman House
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-2298