Film and Media Studies Program Records, 1989 -- 2020


Title: Film and Media Studies Program Records
Dates: 1989 -- 2020
Creator: Communications and Media Studies Program
Call Number: UA082
Size: 0.25 Linear Feet, 1 box, 2.32 Gigabytes, 11 Digital Object(s)
Language(s): English  
Permanent URL:
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains annual reports, invitations, audiovisual materials, and student films from the Film and Media Studies Program.


This collection is organized into four series: Communications and Media Studies Program, annual reports; Invitations; Audiovisual materials; and COVID-eo film festival student films.


Biographical / Historical

In 1982, the Communications Cluster was founded within the Experimental College at Tufts University. The cluster was developed in response to student demand and the perceived need to develop an "academic emphasis on communications and media." It was dubbed the Communications and Media Studies (CMS) program in 1985 and won approval as an interdisciplinary minor in 1996. In 2015, the CMS program was expanded and renamed to become the Film and Media Studies program.

The Film and Media Studies (FMS) program at Tufts University is an interdisciplinary program designed to educate Tufts students about the art and social impact of film, television, and other modern media within a liberal arts curriculum. FMS emphasizes the importance of media literacy in an era in which knowledge about people and events comes primarily from mass and social media sources. The program can be undertaken as a major or a minor, with all students required to complete Art of the Moving Image as part of their studies. The program also offers options to engage in a Senior Honors Thesis and a Film and Media Production Sequence.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University. Some student films are only open for mediated access due to copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Film and Media Studies Program Records, 1989 -- 2020. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is processed.

Steven Gentry, Archives and Reference Assistant, processed this collection at the folder-level in January 2018 under the direction of Adrienne Pruitt, Collections Management Archivist. The COVID-eo film festival student films were processed by Jane Kelly, Records and Accesioning Archivist, in June 2021.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Communications and Media Studies Program, annual reports, 1989 -- 1996

    This series contains annual reports generated by the Communications and Media Studies Program.

  2. Invitations, 1993 -- 1995

    This series contains invitations to Communications and Media events.

  3. Audiovisual materials, 2004 -- 2005

    This series consists of two copies of "Producing Films for Social Change."

  4. COVID-eo film festival student films, 2020

    This series contains student films created for the COVID-eo Film Festival. The film festival, the first ever held by the department, was open to students on all Tufts campuses as long as their submissions were two minutes or less. The films could be in any form, including narrative fiction, documentary, experimental, or animation, and were required to touch on life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some of the materials from this collection are available online. Not all materials have necessarily been digitized.