This six-week summer study abroad program will be based at the Letterkenny Regional Cultural
Center in Northwest Ireland. The RCC is a local, government run, Arts Council-funded multidisciplinary arts centre that specializes in visual arts and film & digital media. Students will take courses in Scriptwriting and Documentary studies with an emphasis on Irish literature, culture and history. This program also features a trip to Galway to attend the Galway Film Fleadh (festival). Students on this program will also visit Dublin and Derry, and meet Irish filmmakers who will screen and discuss their work.
This program is open to all Ohio University students at the undergraduate and graduate level. No script writing or production experience is necessary. The minimum GPA for admission consideration is 2.5 for undergrads and 3.0 for graduate students. Admission to the program will be based on academic performance, a personal essay and an interview. No letters of recommendation are required.
This program accepts Non-Ohio University students.
Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. Students who apply early therefore have a better chance for acceptance for one of the limited slots in the program.
With enrollment held to just 15 students to ensure program quality, we recommend early application as all the places may be filled before the final application deadline.
Students will be housed at Ballyraine Estates in 3-bedroom apartments which have kitchen facilities. http://www.ballyrainecampus.com. These accommodations are a 15-minute walk to the Regional Cultural Centre where classes will be held. Several meals will be provided on excursions but students will be responsible for providing their own daily meals.
Courses and credits
Students will earn a total of 9 credits. Students choose from the following courses:
Short Form Scriptwriting (MDIA 2201) 3 credits
Producing for Video (MDIA 3600)3 credits
Special Topics: Irish Culture Through Film (MDIA 4901) 3 credits
Special Topics: Advanced Screenwriting in Ireland (MDIA 4904) 3 credits
Two multi-day excursions are included as part of the program. Students will spend a weekend exploring the Irish capital of Dublin, have a group meal together and see a play at the world famous Abbey Theatre. They will also spend four nights in the City of Galway and attend the Galway Film Fleadh. Go to: http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Please review the entry and exit requirements for Ireland. US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. (Please note: If you plan to travel before or after the program, you may need a visa). You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.
Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.