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UR, Eastman House to offer master's in photographic preservation

Rochester Business Journal
December 4, 2013

The University of Rochester and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film will offer a joint master's degree in photographic preservation and collections management beginning in fall 2014, the first of its kind in the nation.

The institutions announced the degree program on Wednesday, creating what will be the only program in the United States dedicated to the study of the photograph as an object as well as the related academic study of images.

The program will prepare graduates for a variety of roles within institutions that care for photographs, including positions as archivists, registrars and collections managers, officials from UR and the George Eastman House said.

“Students in this new program will have the unique opportunity to study photographs both as part of our material cultural heritage and as complex conveyors of aesthetic, social and political meaning,” said Thomas DiPiero, dean for humanities and interdisciplinary studies at UR. “This program brings together the museum and the university in strikingly innovative ways.”

In the program, students will learn how to manage, maintain and develop object-based and digital collections.  

“The educational philosophy of George Eastman House is centered on the notion of the teaching museum, where all of our activities are designed to provide superior advanced professional training to the students among us,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director at the George Eastman House. “Our students are ‘embedded’ in the museum and are treated as respected colleagues—as we encourage them to engage with staff, visitors, and visiting researchers and to direct their own learning to support their personal and professional objectives.”
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