In 2005, the University of Rochester joined with the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation to inaugurate a Masters of Arts degree program in film and media preservation. A paramount goal of the Selznick School founder L. Jeffrey Selznick was to combine practical, hands-on training in motion picture preservation with a formal graduate degree program. Thus Selznick provided the inspiration to create the first museum-based university collaboration of its kind, a program that encompassed both curatorial studies and training in motion picture conservation.
The MA program builds upon the Selznick School's one-year certificate program in film preservation and restoration by offering a two-year curriculum that incorporates academic coursework at the University of Rochester. Students in the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation work with Film and Media Studies faculty through the Department of English at the University of Rochester.
Students are able to choose from courses on film and media theory, history, and criticism for their additional year of study, leading to a master of arts degree in English with a concentration in film and media studies. The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities, known for its innovative interdisciplinary study opportunities. Students interact closely with faculty and have access to resources such as the Film and Media Studies Program and the Multimedia Center Collections (Rush Rhees Library, River Campus), the Memorial Art Gallery, and the Eastman School of Music.
The current University of Rochester graduate tuition rate is approximately $46,500 (USD) per year. Students admitted into the program will be considered for a scholarship of up to half the graduate tuition.