GradDip Languages and Image Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

GradDip in Languages and Image Studies is suitable for students who do not wishh to undertake individual research and/or who are unsure of their language learning skills and/or who perhaps wish to begin their studies in January.

Engaging with global culture through an analytical and critical lens is always easiest when the student also has the ability to engage with a foreign language. In this exciting new Graduate Diploma, students are invited to acquire new language skills, or to refresh and extend their knowledge of language(s) already studied. At the same time, students will develop their critical and analytical thinking via image-centred modules taught from a global perspective by in-house School experts. 

What will students learn?

Students will work on their language skills and will simultaneously study a range of Image Studies modules which hone their critical thinking skills and expand their ability to engage and comprehend global cultures through study of images, whether film, art, illustration, photography or more.

How will learning be facilitated?

Language study is a cumulative skill, so language will be studied across the entire year. At the same time, Image studies will be explored via individual modules, whether Core or Options. Students all study film analysis and they then bring those taught skills into the study of other Image-centred modules, from a range of options such as photography, film, art, intermediality, illustration or more.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

As a student of this new Graduate Diploma in Languages and Image Studies, you will choose which global language you wish to study (French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish), starting at your own current level, whether Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced (CEFR A1-C2). Some students may choose to study two languages across the year. This permits students from a wide variety of backgrounds to take up language learning or to revisit or perfect a language you have already studied. In tandem with language studies, students are introduced to image studies from a multilingual perspective, through a variety of modules centred on global film, photography, illustration, or art, and across a wide range of media, genres and languages. All modules draw on School specialist expertise within individual languages and across a wide range of image-related topics. Flexible teaching and learning styles permit students to identify and pursue their own areas of interest in terms of both language and image studies. Students will be guided in analysis and criticism of a range of different types of image, from the perspectives of language-specific and more widely shared cultural contexts.

The foreign-language and visual/analytical focus of the Graduate Diploma offers valuable opportunities to graduates who wish to simply challenge themselves to enhance their language skills and to think critically through cultural engagement with images, as well as to graduates who wish to consider a range of career areas with an international dimension, from the arts, culture and education, to business, diplomacy, travel and more.

View All Modules Here

Students on this programme take core modules in Language(s) and in Image Studies (global film) and choose 3 option modules from a choice of other Language and Image Studies modules.


GradDip Languages and Image Studies (Z370) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7000
nonEU    fee per year - € 15070

GradDip Languages and Image Studies (Z371) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4190
nonEU    fee per year - € 7540

***Fees are subject to change

Applicants should have a min.  2.2 in their primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent)  ideally ( but not compulsorily) in a cognate area. 
It is not necessary to have previously studied Languages at Third Level before applying to GDLI.

As well as intensive interaction with academic specialists and opportunities to participate in the School’s research culture and seminars, you will be able to draw on the James Joyce Library’s extensive holdings in modern languages, literatures, global film and culture.

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Languages and Image Studies FT (Z370)
9 Months
Full Time
Grad Dip Languages and Image Studies PT (Z371)
18 Months
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Application requirements for GradDip:

  1. Personal Statement (500 - 1000 words max: Why do you wish to take this MA in Languages and Image Studies? Any prior experience of Image Studies? Any prior experience of Language Study e.g. BA level studies OR travel OR school OR self-taught OR hobby OR other?) Please also list which 1 or 2 languages you might wish to study (and estimated level).
  2. One Academic Reference
  3. English Language Test (in line with UCD language requirements). Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit evidence of their English language proficiency. IELTS (Academic) Overall Band Score of 6.5 with no component band score below 6.0 and 6.5 in Writing and Speaking bands normally required or equivalent.
  4. Short writing sample in English (e.g. Essay/ Assignment on current degree topic), with statement that this is entirely applicant's own work.
  5. short online interview exchange should be expected in advance of final acceptance to MALI

What will my timetable look like?

A part-time student will stretch 90 credits over 2 academic years: ideally 45 credits in both years. However, if a student had a strong wish to take 60 credits in the first year, and 30 in the second year, that is also possible. If a part-time student wanted to study 2 languages, they might choose to do a different language in each year.

T1 Core/Option Image Studies modules

Trimester 1

Trimester 1



2-4pm Option 1

Body and Matter: C21 Spanish Art

2-4pm Option 2

Surrealism: Aesthetics of a Global Revolution

4.30-6.30 Core A

Approaches to European Film Analysis

Recap Language Hour

Varies by language/level/ student

T2 Core/Option Image Studies modules

Trimester 2

Trimester 2



2-4pm Option 3

Text and Image in the Early Modern French Book

2-4pm Option 4

Precarious Perceptions 1900-1930: Modernist Literature, Film and Photography

Core Language Hour

Varies by language/level/ student

4.30-6.30 Core B

The Global Prison Film

Language hours vary according to language choice and level of individual students and may take place across the week from Mon-Fri.

Please CLICK HERE to see indicative language timetables (subject to change).