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Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management


We are not currently accepting applications for the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management graduate program. George Eastman Museum and the University of Rochester are reevaluating the program in an effort to make the most meaningful contribution to the field. 


Collections of photographs can be found almost everywhere: in art museums, galleries, auction houses, artists’ estates, universities, corporate and historical archives, libraries, and private hands. As the value and significance of these collections increases, so does the need for specially trained professionals who can document, organize, interpret, and care for them.

The George Eastman Museum Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management is an intensive eight-month graduate-level immersion program for professionals, students, and independent scholars. The program’s combination of practical experience and theoretical inquiry offers an extraordinary opportunity to access the museum’s collections, library, and internationally recognized faculty and staff.

This program prepares students in the following areas:

  • History of photography
  • 19th–21st century photographic process identification
  • Cataloging photographs
  • Preservation of analog and digital materials
  • Collections management
  • Museum standards and best practices
  • Professional ethics
  • Working with conservators

Facilities and Resources

The Eastman Museum is located in Rochester, New York, a short flight away from New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Washington, DC. The museum combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with a historic house and a vibrant program of exhibitions, lectures, and film screenings.

Learn more about the photography collection.


  • Collection Management and Care
  • Cataloging and Research Methods
  • Photographic Processes
  • Practicum Project
  • Internship Rotations
  • • At least one history of photography course must have been taken within the last 5 years. Transcripts and course description(s) should be included with application materials. If an applicant does not have a transferable history of photography course, they may register to audit the History of Photography courses offered in conjunction with the Photographic Preservation and Collection Management MA program at the University of Rochester.


Tuition: $15,000
Calendar: September–April
International Students: The George Eastman Museum is authorized to issue a J-1 Visa to qualified applicants.
Admissions:Applicants must have a graduate degree and/or 3-5 years of work experience in a related field. Post-secondary education in the areas of art history and photography are recommended but not essential. Work-related experience in museum and archive collections is considered an asset. International students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.
The application deadline for the Fall 2018 academic year is April 15. To apply, please email the following documents in PDF format: a letter of interest, a resume, 2 letters of recommendation, history of photography course description(s) and transcripts (if applicable), and a 1 page writing sample to Program Manager, Olivia Arnone at ppcm@eastman.org.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact ppcm@eastman.org or (585) 327-4939.