Scripps College of Communication students who took part in the Summer 2014 School of Media Arts & Studies' Screenwriting and Documentary Storytelling Program in Ireland gathered for a photo op during a trip to Tory island, off the coast of County Donegal.
The School of Media Arts & Studies will hold an information session on Thursday, October 16 at 6:00pm in Bentley 135 for students interested in the Scriptwriting & Film Studies in Ireland Program.
Based in County Donegal, at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, each student participating will adapt a short story from Irish literature into a short film screenplay and, working in teams of two, research and write documentary scripts on topics found in and around County Donegal. Trips to Dublin, Derry and Belfast are part of the program, as well as attendance at the Galway Film festival.
This six-week summer study abroad program will be based at the RCC which is a local, government run, Arts Council-funded multidisciplinary arts centre that specializes in visual arts and film & digital media. Students will take courses in Scriptwriting and Documentary studies with an emphasis on Irish literature, culture and history.
Past participants have praised the study abroad opportunity as essential to their career development. "This course throws you into the documentary experience head first," said MDIA student Evan Schmidt. "The projects we completed were very challenging, but you learn the entire process first hand. No other class could prepare you as well for making documentaries."
"While in Letterkenny, I learned how to write a screenplay and found a passion for it,” said Journalism School student Cassie Kelly. "I was able to travel outside of Letterkenny for my documentary project and had a lot of fun putting it together. All in all, I am very proud of everything I accomplished academically and I fulfilled my dream of traveling to Ireland."
To learn much more and see additional photos from past trips, visit to the program’s blog at ohiouniversity2014.wordpress.com. For additional information contact Associate Professor Frederick Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ohio.edu/educationabroad.