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340394 UE Audio Description for the Stage (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 34 - Translationswissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work
Tu 11.05. 15:30-18:30 Digital



max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 18.05. 15:30 - 18:30 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 15:30 - 18:30 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 15:30 - 18:30 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 15:30 - 18:30 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 15:30 - 18:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This hands-on course taught in English provides the necessary conceptual framework and guidelines for the creation of audio description (AD). Focusing on audio description for the theatre, it first provides a short definition of AD and its production process. It then presents how content is created in an AD process and provides examples and techniques to be used in this process. It discusses the relevant components of a theatre performance and how individual elements need to be dealt with so that blind and visually impaired audiences can fully grasp its form and content.
A description of the target audience is provided together with a discussion of central issues in AD: characters, spatio-temporal settings, action on stage, intertextual references. Wording and style, visual language, as well as cohesion and coherence of the AD are discussed and examples of previous AD created by professionals are provided.
This course follows a project-based approach and introduces the above content in a hands-on format where students work together, in teams, to create and deliver to the class an audio description in English, for a given theatre play.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe the specific nature of the audio description for the stage;
- display awareness of the needs of the target audience;
- display awareness of the challenges of creating audio descriptions for a theatre performance;
- demonstrate specific hands-on audio description skills e.g. text creation, character description, timing ;
- conform to and apply conventions of good practice;
- make informed choices on the basis of genre, purpose, and intended audience;
-critically assess the quality of a given AD;
- orient themselves in the specific research literature.

Assessment and permitted materials

All assessments are in English.
Participation in Class and Online Activities (20%)
Team Project (45%)
Critical Reflection (35%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance is mandatory—two absences allowed.
An advanced level of both oral and written English is required.
Students must complete all assignments.
Students need to reach at least 60 % of the overall score for a pass grade.
90-100: very good or 1
80-89: good or 2
70-79: average or 3
60-69: low pass or 4
below 60 is a fail or 5

Examination topics

To be given in class.

Reading list

To be given in class.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:27