180 credits - 3 years
Day schedule - In French
Francophone Certification Framework : 6
Internship : NO
Activities in other languages : optional
Are you interested in the world around you and the way in which information, media, digital technologies and social relations in our society are evolving?
The bachelor's degree in information and communication at the Saint-Louis - Bruxelles campus offers you an undergraduate education which prepares you optimally for a master's degree leading to careers in information and communication (journalist, communications manager, multimedia project manager, digital network manager, etc.). Courses are held in the centre of Brussels, at the Saint-Louis - Bruxelles campus (between the Rogier and Botanique metro stations, near the Gare du Nord).
The bachelor's degree covers five main areas:
- the academic theories of information and communication;
- the Belgian, European and international media world;
- a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, including political science, sociology, anthropology, economics and law – among other disciplines;
- the implementation of knowledge, for example through reading seminars, practical work or workshops to create information or communication productions;
- language instruction. Proficiency in several languages is a prerequisite and an asset for your studies and career in information and communication. Students in the unilingual information and communication programme who have not chosen the bilingual or trilingual programmes also receive high-quality language instruction. Language course units (English and Dutch) and foreign language course units are an integral part of the programme.
As of the first year, students are asked to work individually and in groups. The analysis of everyday subjects and events (social networks, disinformation, the role of journalists in our society, communications management of crises (health, economic, political, etc.), the use of digital technologies, etc.) is one of the strengths of our programme.
At the end of their bachelor's degree, students will have the ability to identify the issues at stake in a given situation and analyse them from an information and communication perspective. They will therefore be able to put in place concrete, relevant and innovative ways to address them and meet the challenges facing our society.
The bachelor's degree in information and communication is for you if...
- you are interested in the humanities and social sciences in general, and information and communication issues in particular;
- you are interested in current topics and issues, and in putting them into perspective;
- you would like to develop your critical thinking skills, your ability to search for and reproduce information, and your communication skills;
- you are looking for an extensive programme which leads to several different opportunities.
Your future job
After completing a master's degree in information and communication, our graduates have a wide range of career opportunities:
- Print, radio, television or internet journalism: local, national and international daily news, periodicals (magazines), etc.
- Corporate communication, political communication, internal communication, external communication, public relations, etc.
- Digital communication: social network management, online community moderation, multimedia project management, digital strategy, etc.
- Lobbying, marketing, advertising management
- Designing information systems (e.g. databases), auditing information management and quality in companies, government agencies, etc.
- Socio-educational communication: educational media design, science popularisation, media, information and digital literacy, etc.
- Teaching and academic research (under certain conditions, access to 3rd cycle or doctoral studies).
The bachelor's degree in information and communication is made up of lecture-based course units, with introductory courses in the humanities and social sciences (philosophy, law, history, economics, psychology, sociology, political science, information and communication), sometimes accompanied by more 'hands-on' learning activities, as well as lessons in academic methodology, which are also accompanied by practical work. The workshop organised in year 3 allows students to carry out a research project (in small groups) leading to a production possibly intended for stakeholders outside the university. Finally, the programme provides a practical and reflective introduction to the principles of journalistic writing and multimedia communication.
Quality language instruction
Bachelor's degree students also receive high-quality language instruction, as they are required to take English and Dutch course units in the first and second years, and to choose one of the two languages in the third year. In addition, they are required to take a fundamental course unit in Dutch (Media en politiek) or English (International communication) in the second term of the third year.
These language course units focus on the progressive acquisition of skills for dealing with a variety of situations, particularly in the context of information and communication. They are held in small groups and are aimed at an active approach based on multiple listening comprehension and oral expression exercises.
In addition, during the second term of the third year, students may take part in an Erasmus or equivalent exchange at a partner university whose programmes are taught in a language other than French, with which the faculty has established an agreement.
Another option is for students who pass the June exam session to apply for a summer language study grant in Flanders or abroad.
The Saint-Louis - Bruxelles campus also offers a Bachelor's degree in information and communication (French-English) and a Bachelor's degree in information and communication (French-Dutch-English).
Pursuing a dual bachelor's degree
Our dual bachelor's degrees are one of the special features of UCLouvain Saint-Louis - Bruxelles.
Students can take a second bachelor's degree, in tandem with their main bachelor's degree. This means that they complete their main programme with a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 125 additional credits spread over several years. The additional bachelor's degree can be completed after the main bachelor's degree. A series of courses taken as part of the main programme count towards the additional bachelor's degree and are therefore no longer subject to assessment. The additional bachelor's degree has the same value as the main bachelor's degree and provides immediate access to the corresponding master's degree.
The following additional bachelor's degrees are available:
- Bachelor in Philosophy [Dual Bachelor’s degree for the holder of a Bachelor in in Information and Communication]
- Bachelor in Economics and Management [Dual Bachelor’s degree for the holder of a Bachelor in Information and Communication]
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