MA/PGDip in Monolingual Subtitling and Audio Description Module overview
Intralingual Audiovisual Translation (Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: SDH)
In this module students will learn how to produce intralingual subtitles in order to meet the needs of SDH viewers. The focus will be on acquiring skills for analysing the various components of audiovisual materials (speech, sound, text), developing strategies for transferring audio information to written form and learning to create subtitle files, using professional subtitling software.
Audio Description (AD)
In audio description, additional narrative is inserted in films, TV programmes or theatre performances to describe actions, body language and other essential details in order to increase the comprehension and enjoyment of audiovisual contents for blind and partially sighted people. In this module students will learn how to produce effective audio descriptions, using professional AD software.
Audiovisual Translation Issues
In this module students will learn about the various forms of audiovisual translation such as subtitling, dubbing, voice-over and audio description, their development, their major challenges, as well as their overall relationship to translation.
Applied Linguistic Principles
Drawing on pragmatic models of communication, this module will help students to develop an understanding of how verbal language and other modes of communication are used for the creation and comprehension of meaning.
Students have the opportunity to specialise in an aspect of the programme by writing a topic-based dissertation, or doing a subtitling/audio description project with commentary. Successful completion of the module requires close collaboration with a supervisor and good planning and organisation skills.
In addition to the compulsory modules, you will be able to select optional modules according to your specific interests. You may learn a new language for translation purposes or complement your skills in audiovisual translation through the study of other aspects of translation and creative writing.
9 months full-time for Diploma, 12 months full-time for MA. Part-time study is not normally available on this programme.