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Audiovisual Translation (AVT) Summer School: Subtitling, Dubbing and Accessibility

  • 12 hours per module (48 for all 4 modules)
  • 1 week per module

Overview

This four-week summer school on audiovisual translation (AVT) provides a theoretical framework for translators and researchers in AVT as well as hands-on training.

You can choose to study one or more of the following modules (each is one week):

  • dubbing and voice-over (from English into French and Italian)
  • subtitling (from English into French, Italian and Spanish)
  • subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing (in English)
  • audio description for the blind and partially sighted (in English)

You'll use audiovisual material taken from different authentic contexts.

The course is run by CenTraS (Centre for Translation Studies) at UCL.

Who this course is for

Students, translators, subtitlers and researchers in the area of AVT are welcome to attend.

Course content

Module A - Dubbing and voice-over

Languages: from English into French and Italian

Dubbing

After a definition of dubbing, we'll discuss the interaction between text and image and you'll learn about the technical issues that constrain dubbing in terms of time and space.

We'll then take a look at the different conventions applied in what's considered standard practice intranslation for dubbing: take segmentation, dubbing symbols, lip-syncing and the emulation of oral discourse.

All these concept will be illustrated with examples and clips.

You'll work with clips and will carry out some of the dubbing-related tasks, e.g. take segmentation (segmenting the translation according to different national conventions), insertion of dubbing symbols for voice talents, as well as the omnipresent lip-sync according to the constraints imposed by the medium.

Voice-over

We'll start with an introduction to voice-over as an audiovisual transfer mode which is gaining momentum in the international arena. Although references to fictional genres will be made, the focus will be on non-fiction (documentaries, interviews, corporate videos, etc.).

After describing voice-over practice in Europe, we'll summarise the main features of this transfer mode as well as the various workflows.

We'll pay special attention to synchronisation issues and the language rewording that it often entails.

Module tutors: Dr Cécile Renaud and Fabiana Ribero.

Module B - Subtitling

Languages: from English into French, Italian and Spanish

After a definition and a survey of the different types of subtitles, we'll discuss the interaction between text and images will be discussed.

You'll learn about the technical issues that constrain subtitling in terms of time and space.

We'll then take a look at the different conventions applied in what's considered standard practice in interlingual subtitling, and examples of strategies such as segmentation, condensation and reformulation will be offered.

Module tutors: Alejandro Bolaños García-Escribano, Dr Cécile Renaud and Fabiana Ribero.

Module C - Subtitling for the deaf and the hard-of-hearing (SDH)

Languages: in English

We'll start with an introduction to deafness aimed at becoming familiar with the audience. We'll highlight the specific requirements of subtitling for the deaf and hard-of hearing - textual, tone of voice, speaker identification sound effects.

We'll discuss the conventions and norms in place.

You'll get an insight into subtitling for deaf children and issues related to subtitling for young audiences.

Module tutor: Dr Soledad Zárate 

Module D - Audio description for the blind and partially-sighted (AD)

Languages: in English

After a definition and brief introduction to the different types of audio descriptions available, we'll look at the technical constraints of adding audio description to film.

We'll consider how image, sound and speech need to be perfectly understood in order to be taken into account when an all-encompassing aural equivalent (AD) is in order.

Module tutor: Dr Josélia Neves  

Dates

The course takes place over four weeks in July:

  • Module A - Monday 2 July to Monday 9 July 2018
  • Module B - Tuesday 10 July to Tuesday 17 July 2018
  • Module C - Wednesday 18 July to Monday 23 July 2018
  • Module D - Tuesday 24 July to Friday 27 July 2018

Cost, how to apply, and booking options

You can choose to study one, two, three or all four modules (A, B, C and D).  

The course fees are:

  • £850 for all four modules
  • £230 per individual module

This course operates a selective application procedure. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should:

  • be able to produce and simulate your own translations and subtitles using the professional subtitling software WinCAPS
  • be able to produce and simulate a dubbed version of various short clips using Windows Movie Maker
  • be able to simulate voice-over by translating and discussing various short clips that present different challenges for voice-over
  • have improved image-reading skills and the basic tools needed to audio describe moving images
  • be familiar with the main principles that regulate subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and using WinCAPS

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Course team

Dr Josélia Neves

Josélia will be teaching Module D (Audio description for the blind and partially sighted). Her 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 has taken on after her being 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.


Dr Cécile Renaud

Cécile will be teaching Module A (Dubbing and voice-over) and Module B (Subtitling) from English into French. She holds an MPhil in Film and Television Studies from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Film studies from the University of Southampton. She's a Teaching Fellow at UCL.


Fabiana Ribero

Fabiana will be teaching Module A (Dubbing and voice-over) and Module B (Subtitling) from English into Italian. She's a senior translator in audiovisual translation, founder and director of Text since 1986, operation supervisor and trainer of junior translators. She's also a tutor for audiovisual translation at ISIT - Fondazione Scuole Civiche Milano (Master's in Audiovisual Translation).


Dr Soledad Zárate

Soledad will be teaching Module C (Subtitling for the deaf and the hard of hearing). She has a PhD in Translation Studies from UCL, with a dissertation on Subtitling for Deaf Children. She teaches Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility at UCL.


Alejandro Bolaños García-Escribano

Alejandro will be teaching Module B (Subtitling) from English into Spanish. He's a PhD candidate, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, and Teaching Fellow at the UCL Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS) and in the UCL Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. He's also a freelance translator, localiser and subtitler, working from English and French into (Castilian) Spanish.


Course information last modified: 13 Jun 2018, 09:09

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