Summer Abroad Ireland

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Filmmaking in Ireland

Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Ireland

Arrive Date: June 17, 2018    End Date: July 15, 2018

Program Overview

The program covers fundamental aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production (story-boarding and scriptwriting), to production (camera and photographic technique), to post-production (editing, titling, special effects, and screen design). Students will utilize basic video, sound, lighting, and computer software as they develop a short film on a chosen genre, which could include narrative, documentary, experimental, or music video. Completed work will be exhibited publicly and suggestions and information on film festivals and other exhibition strategies will be discussed. Students will learn about Irish culture and tradition through meetings with Irish film directors, participating in a Literary Pub Crawl, visiting the Irish Film Institute and Titanic Museum, and many other activities.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program Coordinator:  Sarah Wiens

Instructors:  Jesse Drew, Glenda Drew

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Cinema and Digital Media (TCS) 104. Documentary Production (4 units) This course counts toward upper division Design studio credit.

Cinema and Digital Media (TCS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP) Design students can enroll in DES 198 instead.

Program Highlights

  • Explore Ireland’s literary traditions in Dublin, including Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett.
  • Tour the great diversity of geographies, from the rugged coastlines to the Giant’s Causeway, from the bustling harbors to the cultural centers of the cities.
  • Learn about Ireland’s political and economic systems, from colonization to independence, from the British Pound to the Irish Pound to the Euro.

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