University of Oregon

Cinema Studies in Dublin

Program Overview

In this summer program, you will be immersed in cinema studies in Ireland. You will get to work both critically and creatively, taking courses on contemporary Irish cinema and digital filmmaking, as well as attending Ireland’s largest film festival held every year in Galway, the Film Fleadh. Weekly excursions and local outings in and around Dublin and the Irish countryside allow you to learn on location about the country’s rich film history and explore the sites where important historical events, and films about those events, took place.

You will attend courses in Dún Laoghaire, a community on the outskirts of Dublin, and live with Irish families in homestays. The program fee includes excursions, the film festival, many other group cultural and social activities, full on-site support, and a program orientation.

Academic Details

You will enroll in both the critical studies and production courses. The “Irish Cinema” course will be taught by University of Oregon faculty member Dr. Andre Sirois. The Digital Dublin: Filmmaking in Ireland course will be taught by an experienced Irish filmmaker and instructor from IADT.

The courses will consist of weekday class meetings (Monday-Thursday), screenings, guest lectures, field activities including location shooting, excursions to relevant film and historical sites, and a long weekend group trip to the Galway Film Fleadh (Festival).

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Andre Sirois of University of Oregon’s Cinema Studies Department will lead the 2016 program, accompanied by a second lecturer and staff based in Dublin.  Dr. Sirois has taught at the University of Oregon since 2011 and has a particular expertise in multimedia including video production and music culture.  The bulk of his research looks at the nature of technical and cultural innovation in general, and he is interested in how creativity is the byproduct of a network of people, products, brands, etc.  Dr. Sirois brings from his personal experience, a belief in the educational value of international and intercultural study.

Housing Description

You will be placed (usually with another student or more) as a "paying guest" with a family in Dún Laoghaire or surrounding Dublin County, and commute to IADT each day by local transportation. Breakfasts and dinners are offered by the family, but lunches are usually not provided. Dún Laoghaire offers a variety of nice cafés, pubs and eateries.

Host families are very carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the Dublin program experience and remain lifelong friends with their host family.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer I20162/15/20163/15/20166/26/20167/30/2016

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.