After spending years as a projectionist at the Music Box in Chicago, Andy Uhrich decided he needed a career boost, so he went back to school. “I really loved working with the materials of films,” says the 36-year-old, who earned a $10,000 scholarship from AMPAS to fund his coursework.Uhrich says he chose NYU over a handful of other film preservation programs because of the curriculum, which, in his case, includes an internship at the Anthology Film Archives’ preservation lab, where he is working on cataloging the work of avant-garde filmmaker Sidney Peterson. Additionally, MIAP emphasizes the importance of new media in the field. “The transition to digital transforms everything,” Uhrich says. While many of the skills taught are generally learned by professionals on the job, MIAP helps students understand the larger context. “It really allows a space to analyze why you do these things, not just how,” Uhrich says.