Short courses


Subtitling for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing People (SDH)

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day (10am to 4pm)


This one-day online course will help you make audiovisual material accessible to D/deaf and hard of hearing people through subtitles.

You'll learn about the needs of D/deaf and hard of hearing people, including children, and develop skills for subtitling pre-recorded material for this audience. 

You'll also be introduced to captioning puppet theatre.

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

Who this course is for

This professional training course is open to:

  • freelance translators
  • undergraduate and postgraduate translation students
  • translation tutors

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  • Who is our audience? Understanding deafness
  • Linguistic and technical aspects of subtitling: spotting, line-breaks, editing and reading speed
  • SDH specific elements: music, sound effects, paralinguistic features, speakers’ identification
  • Legislation and guidelines, present SDH and captioning panorama
  • How to make an event accessible to D/deaf and hard of hearing people: the case of captioning puppet theatre

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There'll also be an introduction to subtitling software Ooona, which you'll use in practical exercises in during the course.


You'll receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Cost and concessions

The fees are as follows: 

  • UCL students and CenTraS alumni - £65
  • UCL staff, academic visitors, and affiliates - £110
  • Full rate - £145

Book a place

To book your place, please send your completed application form to Emmanouela Patiniotaki at selcs.centras-professional@ucl.ac.uk

Course team

Dr Soledad Zarate

Dr Soledad Zarate

Soledad is a Teaching Fellow at UCL, teaching subtitling for D/deaf and hard of hearing people. Her main area of research is subtitling for deaf children. She also runs a captioning service at the Puppet Theatre Barge (London). For more information see Soledad's LinkedIn profile.

Course information last modified: 18 Apr 2023, 09:53