Online Course in Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
The course lasts 11 weeks and is normally offered 3 times a year. The next course will start on:
- 8 January 2018
- Course Syllabus
Thanks to fast-growing awareness about accessibility services as well as changes in international regulations, Subtitling for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH) and Audio Description (AD) (for blind and partially sighted people) are becoming popular modalities of Audiovisual Translation (AVT). This online course focuses on SDH as a main means of accessing audiovisual materials by people with hearing loss. The course aims at providing you with basic skills of an SDH subtitler. The topics covered include:
- SDH audiences;
- Types of SDH;
- SDH characteristics, e.g. character identification, sound descriptions etc.;
- SDH for children
- SDH on different platforms (e.g. TV, DVD, cinema, the internet).
The course does not require the purchase of any specialised software; you’ll be asked to download and install freely available subtitling software for the practical tasks.
The course follows a set format, with written course material provided at the beginning of each week, followed by self-test questions. Each unit is then followed by either group or individual tasks. The tutor is on hand on set days to help with any specific questions you may have.
The course materials, including tools for group discussions, email, assignments, quizzes etc., are accessible via Moodle (the e-learning platform used at UCL). Based on experience, the weekly workload for participants will be between 6 and 10 hours.
What will I gain from the course?
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- efficiently analyse a range of audiovisual material for SDH purposes;
- successfully carry out the main tasks involved in SDH: spotting and translation with SDH characteristics
- deal with the spatial and temporal constraints of subtitling by appropriately condensing and reformulating the original text to allow for the SDH specific characteristics
- tackle challenges related to SDH for younger audiences
- select among different techniques and justify translation decisions;
- produce subtitles in your chosen language using subtitling software.
Certificate of Completion
There is no exam but you have to complete ALL the set tasks in order to receive a certificate of completion for this course.
- Who Should Apply
This online course will be useful for individuals who have a professional interest in audiovisual translation. The course will be of particular interest to translators and translation trainees embarking or thinking of embarking on a career in media accessibility and, more specifically, subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).
You will need a good working knowledge of English. You will also need a high level of competence with computers. Your own computer and internet access (preferably with a high-speed connection) are essential.
- How To Apply
Please download the application form below:
To apply, email your completed application form, together with your CV, to Dr Louisa Desilla. Please write 'Online Course in SDH' in the subject line of your message.
The application deadline for the next course start date is:
- 22 December 2017
- Fees and Payment
Payment and cancellations
Once you have been offered a place on the course, you will be sent details of how to pay via the University Online Store:
Please note, all payments must be made in full, in Pounds Sterling by debit or credit card. Places are not confirmed until payment is received, which must be at least one week before the course start date.
- Further Information