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Monday, March 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Course Guidance for Prospective HTW Students LIMITED

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Interested in studying film preservation at HTW Berlin? Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüdel is available for individual consultation - pre-registration by email to ulrich.ruedel@htw-berlin.de is recommended, but not required.

The HTW – University of Applied Science’s degree course in the preservation of audiovisual and photographic cultural heritage offers a uniquely interdisciplinary scientific-materials and hands-on training approach. Film preservation, the youngest of conservation and restoration disciplines, is pursued in an in-depth programme, not only alongside photography preservation but within the entire context of cultural heritage conservation.
Individual professorships at HTW are devoted to teaching each of the respective realms of cultural heritage to be preserved – archaeological and historical artifacts, modern materials and industrial heritage, and audiovisual and photographic heritage – as well as to teaching the practices of unearthing and scientifically investigating cultural heritage (i.e., field archaeology and conservation science).
Students enroll in one of the programme’s focus areas to participate both in interdisciplinary classes across courses and in focus seminars by the respective teachers or visiting scholars in the specialties unique to their field. Course topics for the audiovisual/photographic preservation curriculum thus range from cultural to film and photo history; manual photography retouching to digital moving image processing; general materials science to photographic chemistry; and collection surveys and passive conservation to film reconstruction and restoration. Within the curriculum, the choice of individual projects, course and thesis subjects, and external internships allows students to pursue a somewhat broader education, or to focus on a particular area of interest (for instance, film preservation or sound restoration).
The school offers both a Bachelor’s degree and a subsequent Master’s programme. Given certain prerequisites, candidates with Bachelor’s degrees from other programmes may directly enroll for the Master’s degree, offering further opportunities for those with previous moving image studies or preservation training or credentials. Graduates from the programme have thus found employment in institutions ranging from EYE Filmmuseum to the Deutsche Kinemathek, from the Swedish Film Institute to the Bundesarchiv/German Federal Archives.
Teaching is both in German and English, and some German knowledge is required for taking part in the programme, but certified proficiency in the language is only required after the first year of study. Individual consultations in English are available, and homework assignments, presentations, and theses in English are encouraged. Indeed, international visitors have always been a vital and integral part of the student body, and the programme aims to further its global integration and international appeal. Thus, international candidates interested in studying moving image preservation in Germany in one of the world’s most vibrant municipalities are emphatically encouraged to apply. (http://www.fiafnet.org/pages/Community/Supporters-HTW.html)

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Ulrich Ruedel

Professor, HTW - University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Ulrich Ruedel holds a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Muenster, Germany and has worked on optical biochemical sensors and intellectual property rights before turning to the practice and science of film preservation. As a 2005 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick... Read More →

Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm GMT
BFI Southbank: Blue Room Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

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