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Ireland in Text, Image and New Media


Dublin, Cork, Doolin, Galway, Ireland

Program Description

Experience Ireland and its culture for six weeks while earning a combined 6 hours of SMAD, WRTC, and/or ENG credits. 

Selected students will visit major landmarks and cities and come to appreciate Ireland’s rich culture by analyzing its films, fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

During their stay, students will explore storytelling with the nonprofit organization Cuimhneamh an Chláir. This will provide students a unique opportunity to help document the oral history and folklore of rural Ireland.

Throughout the trip, students will document their own journeys and experiences by producing content in a variety of genres and media. This study abroad experience is designed to develop participant’s analytic, writing, and media production skills while gaining a greater cultural knowledge of Ireland. No previous media experience required.

Location Description

During the program students will travel throughout Ireland. The journey begins in the country’s southwestern city of Cork, and the stay coincides with the Cork Midsummer Festival of theater, dance, music, and art. In the surrounding countryside students can visit the famous Blarney Castle, or the Killarney National Forest, Ireland’s largest native woodlands.

Next the program travels west to the scenic coastal village of Dolin. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way near the majestic Cliffs of Moher, it is world-renowned for its traditional Irish music scene.

Moving north up the coast, the program will spend the next two weeks in Galway (considered the arts capital of Ireland) during the city’s internationally recognized film and performing arts festivals.

Finally, the program heads east to Ireland’s largest city and capitol, Dublin. Staying at historic Trinity College in the heart of the city’s center, students can easily explore Dublin’s diverse, vibrant, and acclaimed cultural offerings.


Tom McHardy | | Media Arts and Design
Shaun Wright | | Media Arts and Design


Housing will be provided and students will share accommodations in conveniently located apartments, residence halls, and hotels. All locations include free Wi-Fi and access to onsite kitchens.

The program will provide students with a weekly meal allowance, and additional meals (several group lunches and dinners) will be covered as well.

Additional Items to Consider

The program is targeted towards SMAD, WRTC or ENG majors as well as students with Film Studies minors or Creative Writing minors. The program is open to all majors and there are no prerequisites for the courses.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.7

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 305: Special Topics: Transmedia Ireland (3 credits)

SMAD 398: Critical Studies in Media Arts & Design (3 credits)

ENG 382: Intro to Film Since 1960 (3 Credits)

WRTC 342: Writing Place

WRTC 426: Advanced Topics in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.