In this summer program, you will be immersed in cinema studies in Ireland. You will get to work both critically and creatively, taking courses on contemporary Irish cinema and digital filmmaking, as well as attending Ireland’s largest film festival held every year in Galway, the Film Fleadh. Weekly excursions and local outings in and around Dublin and the Irish countryside allow you to learn on location about the country’s rich film history and explore the sites where important historical events, and films about those events, took place.
You will attend courses in Dún Laoghaire, a community on the outskirts of Dublin, and live with Irish families in homestays. The program fee includes excursions, the film festival, many other group cultural and social activities, full on-site support, and a program orientation.
Students will have the option to enrol in two of the following three courses.
1. “Ireland Onscreen” a study of the history of Irish film and industry. This year’s instructor is Dr. Michael Aronson, Head of the University of Oregon film school.
2. “Digital Filmmaking” Students will write, direct and produce a short film as part of this class. This year’s instructor is Frank Reid, frank is film editor and instructor in The National Film School.
3. “Screenwriting” students will learn how to develop a screen play during this class with a particular focus on the crime genre. This year’s instructor is well known Irish director Mark O’ Conner.
The courses will consist of weekday class meetings (Monday-Thursday), screenings, guest lectures, field activities including location shooting, excursions to relevant film and historical sites, and a long weekend group trip to the Galway Film Fleadh (Festival).
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
You will be placed (usually with another student or more) as a “paying guest” with a family in Dún Laoghaire or surrounding Dublin County, and commute to IADT each day by local transportation. Breakfasts and dinners are offered by the family, but lunches are usually not provided. Dún Laoghaire offers a variety of nice cafés, pubs and eateries.
Host families are very carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the Dublin program experience and remain lifelong friends with their host family.
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