Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search



Italian (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 30 places ; CAO points: 430-565 (2018)

Apply

To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Italian and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1450

    nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/Irish

    Why study Italian?

    Studying Italian opens the door to a new world. Italy holds 60% of the world’s art treasures, has been home to some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers (Petrarch, Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Gramsci), is among the world’s places boasting fabulous food, fashion and design, and has a dynamic economy: 3rd in the eurozone and 8th (by nominal GDP) in the world. In this course, you study Italy’s language as well as its rich history and culture: literature, cinema, art, even opera. You do not need to have studied Italian before: most students of Italian start as beginners. Having fluent Italian is extremely beneficial for the job market. 

    Italian: The course for you?

    Italian has been taught in Trinity since 1776. In joining the Department, you join a long and important tradition which includes alumni like Samuel Beckett and Douglas Hyde. You will be taught in small classes by lecturers who are leading international experts in their field. You are taught by experienced and encouraging language teachers. We have a small intake each year (only 30 students) which means individual attention and a friendly environment.  We are the only Italian Department in Ireland to have a dedicated cinema scholar and we offer the widest choice of Italian optional modules in Ireland. 

    Italian @ Trinity

    Your intensive language courses aim to support you in reaching fluency. You will learn core skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) as well as the art of translation. Your core cultural courses are wide-ranging. They include novels, poetry, theatre, cinema, art, and transmedia, as well as Italian history and politics. You study Italy from medieval times (Dante and Boccaccio) to the 21st century.  You also take optional modules which offer flexibility and choice. 

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Because far fewer people study Italian, Italian opens up a range of fields where very few people will have the skills you do. Advanced language skills are widely sought after in today’s job market – especially here in Ireland where many companies sell their products and services to the European continent. Our graduates get jobs in a variety of sectors: business, law, charities, the public service, university administration, import-export, writing, journalism, translation, theatre, music, design, tourism, PR, diplomacy, corporate recruitment, finance, football management, teaching, lecturing, and banking. Some of our graduates have gone on to live in Italy, or work in locations such as Paris, Milan, Brussels, London, New York, Hong Kong. Many undertake further study, selecting postgraduate courses in Arts, Social Sciences, and European Studies, while others have opted for professional training in law, marketing, journalism, teaching, acting, translation, interpreting and business. 

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    At entry, Italian must be combined with one other subject. In later years you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with Italian as a Single Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor. 

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    In first year, you will follow an intensive course in language. This includes grammar classes, conversation and listening practice, and learning how to write in Italian and produce basic translations.

    We provide about eight classroom hours per week, mostly devoted to language learning. You will also be introduced to Italy’s modern history and to some literature and cinema. In second year you continue with your language development and explore the Italian literary tradition including Dante’s Inferno, together with substantial exposure to modern culture, history and Italian cinema. 

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    The third and fourth year focus on major authors of the medieval, Renaissance and later periods, including contemporary perspectives on Italy and its culture. Options are available in literature and cinema. In 2018, these included, for example:

    • Italian Drama 1470s-1530s
    • Italian Cinema 1900-2018
    • Gendered Narratives in 20th Century Italian Cinema
    • The Poetry of Michelangelo
    • The Posthuman in Contemporary Italian Literature

    There is a continuing emphasis on strengthening your language proficiency and developing higher-level skills in translation, text editing and writing.

    In your final year the programme includes advanced modules on Italian language varieties, cultural studies, and key texts from Italian literature. All optional topics can be studied in depth.

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honours students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in an Italian-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with the Universities of Bologna, Trieste, Pavia, and Rome.

     

    Peter Sherrard, Italian Graduate and CEO of the Olympic Council of Ireland

    “Italian is a huge asset and helped to open many doors early in my career. Being a niche skill, it gives rise to all sorts of experiences which would not normally be available to most arts graduates. With self-belief, luck and desire to learn quickly, Italian graduates can soon find themselves managing complex business situations and given responsibilities far greater than offered to their peers. In my own case, I was made Ryanair Country Manager for Italy at the age of 26. I would never have had this opportunity so early on, were it not for my knowledge of Italian gained at Trinity.”

     

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    CAO Points Required

    430-565 (2018)

    Number of Places

    30

    Minimum entry points required are 430-565 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    In Italian or in a language other than English

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    In Italian or in a language other than English

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Italian and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1450

    nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/Irish