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College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program

MIRC film strip

Moving Image Research Collections

Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) is the University of South Carolina Library’s film and media archive and one of the top academic archives in the United States, both in terms of its diverse holdings and its size. Film and Media Studies majors gain valuable work experience at MIRC in internships, part time work positions, and through independent studies.

Our majors have:

  • RECEIVED GRANT FUNDING from the Office of Undergraduate Research to conduct independent research on a rare film print in the collection;
  • WORKED in paid, part time positions at MIRC learning film library and preservation skills such as: how to catalog film and metadata; how to transfer film to video for clients; work flow for capturing film digitally using a 4K film scanner, and more!
  • CURATED unique films from the Roman Vishniac Collection of Science and Nature Films for a live performance combining projection and music for the Indie Grits Film Festival;
  • PROPOSED INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECTS with faculty mentors to pursue their own scholarly and creative research questions as part of their work towards a degree in Film and Media Studies.

Explore the Moving Image Research Collections Digital Repository to view films from the collection. The Moving Image Research Collections Digital Video Repository (MIRC-DVR) serves MIRC's preservation and access missions. It aims to engage researchers from all walks of life in the process of discovering, enjoying, and contributing to knowledge about the sounds and images it contains.


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