Textual & Visual Studies

Course Description
This course explores the relationship between textual and visual forms of apprehension and expression in the modern world and their impact on European culture post-1900. The focus of the core module is on the graphic arts (poster, postage stamp, typography), photography and cinema, and on contemporary digital-based media. Various theoretical approaches will be explored in relation to the word/image problematic which will be situated in a number of European cultural traditions. Course options focus on specific media (photography, cinema) or themes (the city, avant-gardes).

The aim of the course is to bring students to a high level of theoretical and practical awareness of the text-image relation in cultural expression, equip them to analyse and evaluate the various forms text/image interaction takes, and to provide them with a training that will enrich their practice in other areas of study or professional engagement.


1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Justin Doherty - jdoherty@tcd.ie
Telephone Number +353-1-896 2278
Email jdohertytcd.ie
Website www.tcd.ie/langs-lits-cultures/postgraduate/textual_visual_studies/

Subjects taught

The course consists of one core module stretching over two semesters and four one-semester modules (from a choice of 5 or 6). The first core module focuses on Word/Image relations in graphic design, ranging from posters and postage stamps to typography and logotype.

The second core semester focus on word/image relations in cinema and the digital media. The one-term options, two of which are followed each semester, and which may change from year to year, include Theory and Practice of Digital Humanities, Figuring European National Identities, East European Cinema, The Russian avant-garde, and Postmodernity in East and Central Europe. A dissertation on a subject of the student's choice is prepared over the summer months.

Application date

Closing Date: 30 June 2019

Course fee

Annual Non-EU Fee = €13,263

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2019

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