Intro to Audio Description Training 2020

In 2020, Description Victoria Inc. will be offering an audio description training course for freelance practitioners. Over four non-consecutive days from late February to early April, trainees will learn the principles of audio description practice and how they’re applied in a variety of artistic fields.

Audio description adds live or pre-recorded verbal information to performances, events, exhibitions, and moving images. Designed for people who are Blind or have low vision, this information is delivered through a variety of means that complement the work.

Great describers come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines in art, performance and media, combining their own expertise with expert training in description. We have described for theatre shows, exhibitions, documentary videos, films, fireworks displays and live art experiences. The practice description can be adapted to any work in any medium.


The training days are as follow:

  • Friday February 21.
  • Saturday February 29.
  • Friday March 13.
  • Friday April 3.

Participants will also be expected to complete some work between sessions including reading and individual/collaborative script development.


Most sessions will take place at our office at ACMI X, Level 4, 2 Kavanagh St in Southbank. Some sessions will see us visiting local cultural organisations for more hand-on discussions.

How much?

The training costs $220 inc. GST for each participant.

We are pleased to offer a free place to one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participant. Please indicate in your EOI if you would like to be considered for this place.

Who would it suit?

This course is open to anyone, and we are seeking a diverse cohort of participants. It would best suit people who have a work or study background in a creative field like theatre, visual art, curation, film & TV or design, and have the time to dedicate to the practice during the course and beyond.

A limited number of places are available and those interested are invited to submit a short Expression of Interest. The following characteristics will be strongly regarded in applicants:

  • A strong command of English and an ability to craft clear and precise writing.
  • Experience in performance, media, or public speaking.
  • Familiarity with and experience in a creative field.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in Disability equality, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Interest in and availability for further training and future work in description.

Please note: Completing this course alone is not sufficient for participants to become practicing describers. Further intensive training and mentorship is required.

How to apply:

Please fill out the EOI on Google Forms here.

Expressions of interest are due by Wednesday January 29.

We may shortlist candidates to conduct brief interviews prior to selection. Those shortlisted will know by Monday February 3.

I have more questions:

Please read the FAQ below, or email with any further questions.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What outcomes can participants expect from the course?

At the end of the training, participants will:

  1. Have an understanding of the social model of disability and where audio description fits into the model as an assistive service for people who are Blind or have low vision.
  2. Understand and demonstrate how to use language to describe objects, images and narrative media in accordance with the conventions of audio description.
  3. Know the best-practice standards for audio description practice in theatre and galleries.
  4. Understand and demonstrate proficiency in the secondary skills necessary to be a practicing audio describer.

What are the pathways into practice at the end of this course?

Participants are encouraged to apply their new awareness and expertise into their future professional roles and creative practice.

Some participants – subject the meeting of assessment standards and availability – may be invited to train further with Description Victoria, and have the opportunity to work with and within some of Victoria’s leading cultural institutions. More information will be provided to participants during the course.

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