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Program prepares students to preserve film's visual heritage

Robert Vaszari
MIAS student Robert Vaszari winds through a reel of 35mm film.
Among the many categories that are recognized at the Academy Awards, excellence in film restoration is, for now, absent. However, students in the Moving Image Archive Studies program may someday walk down the red carpet as film preservation professionals, whose expertise will increase in value as the art of motion pictures enters its second century.
The two-year program is the only program west of the Mississippi that prepares students to preserve film’s visual heritage through instruction in the aesthetics and history of film, cultural responsibilities of curatorship, public access and programming, collection management, cataloging and documentation, and technical aspects of preservation and restoration. 
Graduates have great career potential not only in the entertainment industry but in a wide range of archival and academic fields, including government archives, educational libraries, historical societies, museums, and research institutes.
The program is a partnership with the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), and UCLA Film & Television Archive. Jonathan Furner, associate professor of information studies, serves as the program’s chair, in collaboration with TFT and IS faculty.
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