In the course of one academic year, students in the Certificate Program take part in the staff's daily activities and in the meticulous research and discovery of new and lost treasures. They receive training in all archival practices, including but not limited to: curatorial duties; access procedures and understanding the nature and purpose of copyright laws; inspecting, repairing, measuring, and shipping nitrate prints; and organizing and managing climatized vaults. Students discover that "cataloging" a film means more than browsing through reference books. They study film-related ephemera as diverse as scripts, magic lantern slides, posters, stills, and orchestral scores from silent films. They learn to evaluate the quality of laboratory work, to explore the possibilities and the limits of electronic and digital technologies, and to confront the paradoxes and hardships of video preservation.

Students have the opportunity to organize a preservation project and learn how to create a budget and craft the persuasive narratives that are necessary for a successful grant application. They are taught to calculate the costs of film processing, to distinguish the differences between a wide array of soundtrack systems, and to recognize the distinctive characteristics of an original Technicolor print. They learn to develop and organize a film programming schedule, thus gaining an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned to the general public. In short, students learn the importance of mastering routine assignments, the challenge of working hard to meet deadlines, and the painstaking steps involved in bringing moving image masterworks to life, such as Intolerance (1916), The Lost World (1925), and Becky Sharp (1935).


Tuition for one year is $11,500 (USD).

Payment Schedule

A non-refundable registration fee of $750 (USD) is due upon acceptance into the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation Certificate Program. The full tuition fee for the academic year is due September 30. Requests for payment in installments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is an additional $100 fee for all applicants who pay by installment.

Payments are due in cash, traveler's checks, or personal checks in US currency. Payment with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) is subject to a 5% surcharge. Checks in non-US currency will not be accepted. Checks should be made payable to "George Eastman Museum" and mailed to the address below. A charge of $25 will be added to the tuition fee for every returned check.