Taught course

Textual and Visual Studies

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

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.
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 focuses 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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. John Murray
+353-1-896 2278