George Eastman House

Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management

A student looks at some transparencies.

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 House Certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management is an intensive eight month graduate-level immersion program for professionals, students and independent scholars. Based in the unparalleled photographic collections of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, this comprehensive combination of practical and classroom experience offers extraordinary access to collections material, the world's greatest library of photographica, a state of the art conservation laboratory, and an internationally recognized faculty and staff.

This program prepares students in the following areas:

Students enjoy the Museum's reading room, located in the The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library.

Facilities and Resources

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is located in Rochester, NY, a short flight away from New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Toronto. It combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with a historic house and a vibrant program of exhibitions, lectures and film screenings. World-renowned for its photograph and motion picture archives, the Museum is also a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, educating archivists and conservators from around the world.

The photography collection includes more than 400,000 photographs and negatives dating from the invention of photography to the present day. The collection embraces numerous landmark processes, objects of great rarity, and monuments of art history that trace the evolution of the medium as a technology, as a means of scientific and historical documentation, and as one of the most potent and accessible vehicles of personal expression of the modern era. More than 14,000 photographers are represented in the collection, including virtually all the major figures in the history of the medium. The collection includes original vintage works produced by nearly every process and printing medium employed.


Two program graduates work on digitizing the collection.


Tuition: $15,000

Calendar: September–April

International Students: George Eastman House is authorized to issue a J-1 Visa to qualified applicants.

To apply to the PPCM Certificate program, please submit the following:

For more information or to schedule a visit, please send us an email or call 585-271-3361 x339.