Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management

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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.

Courses

  • Collection Management and Care
  • Cataloging and Research Methods
  • History of Photography I & II
  • Photographic Processes
  • Capstone Project
  • Internship Rotations

Information

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 an undergraduate degree or equivalent. 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 2017 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, 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) 271-3361 ext. 339.