ZOO Digital and AVT Masterclass launch innovative training course: ‘Subtitling From a Template’

ZOO Digital and AVT Masterclass are thrilled to unveil a new localization industry training course, ‘Subtitling From a Template.’

The course, which combines academic expertise and practical industry application, marks a significant step in ZOO Academy’s mission to nurture, train, and empower the next generation of audiovisual localization talent.

The course offers participants a comprehensive understanding of subtitling theory and practice using ZOO Digital’s award-winning subtitling platform, ZOOsubs, as a foundation. Upon completion, learners progress to an exclusive ‘Sandbox’ within ZOO Academy – a dedicated zone providing over 50 hours of curated content. This hands-on experience encourages self-evaluation, ensuring learners gain essential practical skills before advancing to subsequent zones, creating a solid foundation for aspiring professional subtitles.

Led by industry experts, including Prof. Agnieszka Szarkowska, Agnieszka Walczak, PhD, and Łukasz Dutka, PhD, the course combines academic foundations with practical industry best practice. The diverse backgrounds of the course trainers enrich the learning experience, offering a unique blend of knowledge and application.

The course goes beyond theoretical concepts, incorporating insider insights from experienced practitioners across more than 20 languages, with new insights added every month. Leading entertainment features and episodic content from studios such as Magnolia Pictures, Sonar Entertainment, and other major content owners are utilized, providing learners with the opportunity to practice skills on a wide range of genres from leading publishers

Prof. Agnieszka Szarkowska, Co-founder of AVT Masterclass said: “This course represents a pivotal opportunity for participants to delve into the intricacies of subtitling, merging theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. Subtitling, a dynamic and essential aspect of media localization, requires a nuanced understanding of theory and industry practice. Our aim is to empower aspiring subtitlers with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in this competitive field.

“At AVT Masterclass, we recognize the increasing demand for proficient subtitlers globally. By immersing participants in a carefully curated curriculum and providing access to valuable hands-on experience, we are equipping them with the tools needed to excel in the media localization industry.”

Ambrish Acharya, ZOO Digital Head of Education said: “At ZOO, our commitment to fostering talent extends beyond traditional education. We’re bridging the gap between theory and practice by providing participants with access to commercial content and insider insights from industry practitioners. Successful completion of this course opens doors to premium entertainment content, ensuring that learners not only acquire skills but also gain practical experience that is invaluable in their professional journey.”

Helen Larson, VP Localization, ZOO Digital added: “The new initiative responds to the industry’s demand for new talent, particularly in the wake of disruptions in the previous year. The course can help target and support in-demand languages to meet real-world industry needs.

With a dual focus on expanding the industry’s talent pool and cultivating diverse language expertise, the course is purposefully designed to meet evolving industry demands.”

Learn more about the ‘Subtitling From a Template’ course, with sign-up available at US$200, at ZOO Academy.

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