In this unique course, you will travel to Dublin and Belfast, Ireland, where you will work in small collaborative groups with Professors Mary Emily O’Bradovich and Susan G. Reid to write, shoot, and produce two short films on location. Students will “learn by doing” as well as build new talents in all aspects of film and theater. Additionally, this program will provide students with the unique opportunity to learn from and work with Laurence McKeown, Irish playwright, author, screenwriter, and former volunteer in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who took part in the 1981 Hunger Strike. His unique history and the politics of Ireland will provide a backdrop for our film-making, reading, learning and discussions.
There may be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Day 1: Program Orientation & Belfast City Center Tour, Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Introduction to Film-making
Day 3: Acting and Directing Workshop
Day 4: Mini-project script review & initial location planning
Day 5: Top to scripts announced, group review and break down of roles for shooting
Day 6: Excursion to Giant's Causeway
Day 7: Day of scouting locations, finalizing scripts, call sheets, etc
June 8-11: Shoot Day/ Review of Rough Cuts
Day 12: Pick up shots- last chance
Day 13: Transfer to Dublin Accommodations, Dublin City Tour & Tour of Kilmainham Prison
Day 14: Day Trip to Free Day or trip to Howth Cliffs
Day 15: Edit footage & start on Maverick Project
Day 16: Edit footage & Maverick Project
Day 17: Backstage Tour at Abbey Theatre, Attend Play at Abbey Theatre
Day 18: Edit footage wrap Maverick Projects
Day 19: Trip to Galway
Day 20: Free morning - if edits are done. Screening of both short films Juanita Wilson's The Door. Wrap Party.
Day 21: Free time for students to explore Dublin.
Day 22: Depart to Atlanta, time TBA.
In Belfast students will stay in student apartment syle house at Queen’s University of Belfast on the ELMS Village campus. In Dublin students will stay in student apartment style house in Shanowen Square of Dublin City University. Each student will have their own room with bathroom. Kitchen and living areas are shared.
Students who wish to participate in this program should have a strong interest in and a basic understanding of the elements of filmmaking – directing, acting, cameras, lighting, sound and editing. An interest in the theatre is also a plus. Successful candidates will have a higher level of knowledge in at least one of these areas. Once accepted in the program, students will be put into production teams. They will first work together in a team in an area that utilizes their strength, and then later, rotate into areas where they want to learn more. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 6
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for FLME 4165, Filmmaking in Ireland THEA 4860, and Grad FLME 6165
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $6,873.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Special and Award Meals
- Guest speakers & professional training
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- International Travel Insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or Visa fees
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Public transportation in Dublin & Belfast
December 11, 2019: $300 deposit due
January 6, 2020: $2000 payment due
March 1, 2020: $2000 payment due
April 2, 2020: Program fee posted to PAWs, remaining balance due along with tuition & fees $2,573.00
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303