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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 the purpose and techniques of digitally collecting oral histories and folklore with the nonprofit organization Cuimhneamh an Chláir. This will provide students a unique opportunity to contribute to rural Irish communities by helping them document their past.

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 participants analytic, writing, and media production skills while gaining a greater cultural knowledge of Ireland. No previous media experience required.

Location Description

The program travels throughout Ireland. Starting with six nights in Dublin, you will begin your exploration of Ireland in its largest city. Students stay in the heart of the city center at historic Trinity College. From Dublin you will head to the south Ireland to stay in Cork for two weeks at University College Cork and explore the surrounding countryside. Following a two night stay in the small coastal village of Doolin, renowned for its traditional Irish music venues, you will travel on to Galway for a two week stay in centrally located apartments. Finally, the program heads back to Dublin for four more nights before the program ends.


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

For this program, students need to complete the online application (a $25 fee required), which includes:

  • Short essay
  • Recommendation
  • Official transcript required for first-semester transfer and non-JMU students.

Online Application Coming Soon

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SMAD 322: New Media Journalism (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 496: 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.