Creating Audio Description: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is an online course developed by Professor Hannah Thompson. Explore how to design and create audio descriptions and audio introductions that fully represent a film, play, or TV programme. Now open for enrolment.
Image description: Some people would describe this as an image showing a person covering first their ears, then their eyes, then their mouth with their hands. Other people would say it shows a woman, a black woman or a young black woman. The questions these choices raise are the focus on this course.
What you will learn
Audio description (AD) is a key means by which the full diversity of a programme, film, or live performance can be conveyed, allowing for greater participation and engagement from audiences.
On this course, you’ll discover how to approach creating inclusive audio description that encapsulates and promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
You’ll assess how audio introduction and audio description play a vital role in the promotion and communication of EDI to the audience, building your cultural awareness and competency in the process.
Four-week online course open for enrolment
You can study at your own pace online with this course. It begins from 27 September, but you can sign up today.
After conducting the 2019-2020 research project and subsequent report ‘Describing Diversity’ about diversity in audio description and audio introduction in theatre, educators at Royal Holloway are well placed to guide you in the nuance of this topic.
This course brings together the best practices, case studies, and learning resources from this research, allowing you to approach diversity in theatre and beyond with practical tools and enhanced confidence.
The course development is supported by VocalEyes and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and it is one of a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from Royal Holloway.