This summer course exposes students to aspects of the academic study of media accessibility with an emphasis on audio description for the blind and partially sighted and subtitling for the deaf and the hard of hearing.
The English-language lectures will discuss the main theoretical and technical elements of media accessibility. The Italian-language seminars will encompass hands-on exercises to practise the description and captioning of audiovisual material using appropriate software. Students will also become familiar with professional avenues that are currently on the rise thanks to developments in European legislation in recent decades.
This course sets out to meet the current industry need for skilled linguists who can make audiovisual, multimodal and multimedia texts more accessible.
Total contact hours: 20
Places available: 30
English-language level: Advanced (C1–C2 CEFR)
Working languages: English and Italian

Course convener:
Irene Ranzato (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Alejandro Bolaños (UCL | Universitat Jaume I)
Gabriele Uzzo (Università di Palermo)
Opening keynote:
Elena Di Giovanni (Università di Macerata)
Industry expert (workshop):
Shak Yousaf (Iyuno | UCL)
Guest speakers (online roundtable):
Frederic Chaume (Universitat Jaume I), Jorge Díaz Cintas (UCL), Soledad Zárate (UCL)



Course convener:
Irene Ranzato (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Organising committee:
Alejandro Bolaños (UCL | Universitat Jaume I)
Irene Ranzato (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Gabriele Uzzo (Università di Palermo)


Sapienza, Edificio Marco Polo, ADDRESS: Circonvallazione Tiburtina 4, 00185 Roma. LABORATORIO 1 (third floor)
Map of the Sapienza Marco Polo building

Venue: Università di Roma Sapienza, Dipartimento di Studi Europei Americani e Interculturali, Edificio ‘ Marco Polo’, Circonvallazione Tiburtina 4, 00185 Roma
Main transport stopping near Sapienza Marco Polo building:[Bus] Buses: 1052184925427188
[Treno] Trains: FC1
[Metro] Underground: AC
[Tram] Trams: 193


Please register your interest HERE or use the qrcode.

Contact the Summer School convenor ( for any further info and queries.

Fees: € 450 (Standard) • € 350 (Sapienza students and graduates)

*One bursary is available based on academic merit and financial
status. Evidence of both must be provided. For further information,
please contact Prof. Irene Ranzato at

Registration and Payment: coming soon

Deadline for registration: 15 June 2023

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