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College of Arts and Sciences

Film and Media Studies

The Film and Media Studies Program was created in 2001 and has grown steadily ever since.  A popular interdisciplinary major devoted to the critical study of moving images and media culture, the program provides students with an important understanding of how the media impacts society and culture today.

Students learn about the international history of films; gain essential media literacy skills; undertake advanced research methods in film and media analysis; and learn critical methods for analyzing a range of media forms – from interactive media (games, mobile media) to film, television, and the Internet.  The curriculum also includes film and media production coursework.

The University of South Carolina has several unique resources  available to Film and Media Studies students:  a remarkable film and TV archival collection called  Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) that began with a gift of the Fox Movietone News Collection in 1980 and has grown to about 6,000 hours of material; faculty and student involvement with the Orphan Film Symposium at New York University; ongoing opportunities for students at the Nickelodeon Theater – Columbia’s art house cinema; and a vibrant film and media culture on the USC campus and in the Columbia community.

Film and Media Studies sponsors numerous events each year, ranging from conversations with visiting artists and scholars to public screenings and performances, conferences, and film festivals.

Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies have gone on to work in film and media production – both independent and industrial -- in Los Angeles, New York, and the Southeast.  Some have entered graduate programs at top universities.  Others are pursuing careers in the fields of archiving and library/information science, business, and education.

For more information, contact:

Director of Film and Media Studies, 803-777-6677,

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