MA Audiviual Translation: is it worth it?
Thread poster: hind1213

English to Arabic
Feb 23, 2012

Hey there,
i want to do an MA in translation but i am a little bit confused when it comes to the focus of the MA programme. I know it depends pretty much on what i want to do with my MA in the future, but here is the problem. I want to be involved in teaching translation , preferably university teacher , as well as translation as practice. It occurred to me that if I did my MA in Audiovisual Translation i would stand out. It would be better than doing my MA in , say , Translation Studies, where i wont have a specialization . Do you think i am on the right track or not? Translation industry is already full with bright translators, so it is good to plan ahead (which i hope i am doing right now ). Looking forward to seeing your posts !

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Those who translate, translate... Feb 24, 2012

hind1213 wrote:

It occurred to me that if I did my MA in Audiovisual Translation i would stand out.

I agree, it is a specialization which if nothing else sounds impressive so if that is your guiding criterion than I'd say go for it.
It sounds like you are planning things carefully, which is sensible, but don't forget that "the best laid plans ...".
I assume you have either already worked as a translator, in which case concentrating on becoming a trainer could also be seen as limiting your options if you intend to keep on translating as well - for example, in my own case, I like to try to cover as many areas as possible in order to stay fresh and have enough clients, rather than specialising in one particular area or angle (I don't have a specific translation qualification, just a language degree, and not in my main working pair).

As a personal opinion, I'm tempted to add, perhaps rather cynically, that the old cliche that "those who teach, teach and those who can't, teach teachers" could also apply to translation, and I'd usually prefer to work or study with someone who had drifted into or ended up in a lecturing or trainer's post by happenstance or merit rather than deliberate calculation, but that's just me.

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