Taught course

Textual and Visual Studies

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

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Entry requirements

Applicants will need to hold:

  • at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
  • a fluent command of the English language

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 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Justin Doherty