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College of Arts & Sciences
Film and Media Studies Program


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.

Learn more about MIRC.


Nickelodeon Theatre

"The Nick" is the only non-profit art house film theater in South Carolina. Recently re-opened in a renovated art deco theater on Main Street in Columbia, The Nick is home to the annual Indie Grits Film Festival and some of the most innovative film programming in the Southeast. Check their current schedule and find special events listed on their website. Film and Media Studies majors find internships at The Nick, volunteer during the festival or at other times of the year, and can also get involved in the Helen Hill Media Education Center to support media literacy and youth media in Columbia, SC. 

Learn more about the Nickelodeon Theatre.


Orphan Film Symposium

The Orphan Film Symposium began at the University of South Carolina in 1999 and had as its foundational goal to bring greater visibility to the University’s moving image archive.  Every two years, it brings together scholars, filmmakers, archivists, curators, and preservationists to screen neglected media artifacts and to discuss their significance.

Learn more about USC's involvement in the Orphan Film Symposium.


Helen Hill Award 

The Film and Media Studies Program at the University of South Carolina and New York University's Department of Cinema Studies are pleased to announce the Helen Hill Award. This award honors the legacy of filmmaker, film educator, animator, and Columbia, SC native Helen Hill and supports innovative independent filmmakers. The award funds its recipients to attend the Orphan Film Symposium and screen their work before an eclectic audience of other filmmakers, scholars, moving image archivists, curators, collectors, students, and others working in media beyond the mainstream.

Learn more about the Helen Hill Award.