This article describes the rise of MA programmes in audio-visual archiving,
preservation and presentation. It distinguishes between two key developments that are
transforming the contemporary graduation education in AV heritage: digital
developments that significantly impact the professional field, and new governance
structures that comprise a (forced) move away from film studies as disciplinary home.
It is the latter, this article argues, that poses the real threat for the future of
professional education in preservation and presentation of moving images.