Audio Description (for Film)

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day (10:30 to 4:30pm)


This one-day professional course will introduce you to the main principles that regulate audio description for film.

It will cover the fundamentals of audio description, including different types of audio description, and the technical constraints involved.

This course is run by CenTraS - Centre for Translation Studies at UCL

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for freelance translators, and undergraduate and postgraduate translation students. 

Course content

The course starts with a definition and a brief introduction to the different types of audio descriptions available.

You'll then be taken through the technical constraints of adding audio description to film, where image, sound and speech need to be perfectly understood so they can be used effectively when an all-encompassing aural equivalent (AD) is required.

You'll be given the opportunity to see different approaches to audio description of film and you'll be led through the fundamentals of audio description.

During this practical workshop, you'll work with different materials that will enhance your image-reading skills and give you the basic tools needed to audio describe moving images. 

Cost and concessions

The fees are as follows:

  • Student concession - £65
  • CIOL members / UCL staff - £103.50
  • Full rate - £115

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Course team

Dr Joselia Neves

Joselia's PhD is in Translation Studies from Imperial College London. She's Associate Professor at the Translation and Interpreting Institute, Hamad bin Khalifa Univeristy, in Qatar - a position she took on following her time as coordinating professor at the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPLeiria) in Portugal. She's the Leader of IACT - Inclusion and Accessibility in Action Research Group, at the IPL, and of TransMedia Portugal.

Course information last modified: 30 Aug 2016, 15:44