|Module title||Audio description for persons with sight loss|
|Module lecturer||dr Iwona Mazur|
|Faculty||Faculty of English|
Module aim (aims)
Audio description (AD) is a method of making (audio)visual media accessible to persons with blindness and low vision. During the course we will define AD both as a process and product and discuss the needs and expectations of its target audience. We will review the main AD types (for film, theatre, museum, sports, etc.), and then zoom in on film AD by discussing its main components: spatio-temporal settings, characters, cultural references and film language. Throughout the course students will be working on developing the skills of creating an AD at the basic level.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Good command of English and a keen interest in accessibility issues.
Week 1: Defining AD as process and product; discussion of the needs and expectations of AD users
Week 2: Discussion of AD types (AD for film, theatre, museum, sports, etc.)
Week 3: Discussion of the main AD components: spatio-temporal settings
Week 4: Discussion of the main AD components: characters
Week 5: Discussion of the main AD components: cultural references
Week 6: Discussion of the main AD components: film language
Week 7: AD project
Fryer, L. (2016). An introduction to audio description: A practical guide. London: Routledge.
Remael, A., Reviers, N., & Vercauteren, G. (Eds). (2015). Pictures painted in words. ADLAB audio description guidelines. Trieste: EUT. Available online: http://www.adlabproject.eu/Docs/adlab%20book/index.html
Romero-Fresco, P. (2019) Accessible filmmaking. London: Routledge
Taylor, C., & Perego, E. (2022). The Routledge handbook of audio description. Abington, Oxon / New York: Routledge.