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UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies Program

Dorothy Arzner The future of our moving image heritage depends upon the skills of the archival professional. Over the past two decades, the technical and cultural challenges to preserving that heritage have steadily increased. And yet, until now, there has been no systematic program for educating and training new archivists.

UCLA's Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS) program is the first such graduate program in North America. Established in 2002, it is an interdepartmental degree program which leads to a Master of Arts in Moving Image Archive Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. The program is jointly sponsored by UCLA's Film and Television Archive, Department of Information Studies and Department of Film, Television and Digital Media

MIAS is an intensive two-year course of study consisting of specialized seminars, directed studies, an extensive practicum program, training workshops, screenings, guest lectures and technical demonstrations. In order to meet the increasing demands upon archival preservation and access (such as the rapid pace of technological change and the dramatic expansion of media types), MIAS's principal goal is to prepare a new generation of leading moving image archivists.

MIAS links theory with practice. The Program embraces hands-on training opportunities at archives, libraries and laboratories in the Los Angeles area as well as at UCLA's own Film and Television Archive. Its graduate seminars encompass the aesthetics and history of film and television, preservation and restoration philosophy, access and programming for the public, collection management, cataloging and documentation. The unique combination of UCLA faculty, top-level preservationists, technical experts and archival specialists who are at the core of our Program puts MIAS at the very cutting edge of archival education.

Applications to the MIAS program are accepted from August 15 through December 15. All applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2011 to be considered for admission for the 2012-2013 academic year. MIAS related graduate seminars are also offered throughout the academic year by both the departments of Film, Television, Digital Media and Information Studies.

Updated: 5/9/14