Communication school



VAE - Validation of learning from experience


Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons

VAE (the validation of learning from experience) is a scheme based on the principle that personal or professional experience can develop the skills and knowledge that can be validated at the university. In this context, it can enable you - under certain conditions - to access various university programmes if you lack the necessary qualifications.

For general information about VAE at the UCL, click here.

VAE admission conditions

You must have at least five years’ personal and/or professional experience in the area of study that you wish to access. You can validate a maximum of two years of higher education successfully completed during this five-year period (2 x 60 credits).

Steps in the Communication School’s VAE procedure

Get in touch with the VAE support contact: Nicolas Hurtado de Jésus (Louvain-la-Neuve/Mons).

Completing and submitting the VAE admission application

The jury checks that the VAE application is admissible.

Following this analysis, the application will be sent to the deliberating jury, or the applicants will be asked to take the aptitude test (see below).

Aptitude tests

The type of test depends on the programme chosen:

Master’s in Communication

1st test: written examination – summary of a conference

Objectives: ability to comprehend, summarise, write and reflect
After a 30-minute report, the applicant will have 90 minutes in which to produce an individual three-page summary and a page of commentary.

If the result is very satisfactory, the applicant will be admitted to the programme.
If the result is a fail, or a very limited success, the candidate will either not be admitted or will be asked to take a second test.

2nd test (if the candidate does not pass the first test): oral examination - comparative analysis of three articles

Objectives: ability to comprehend, reason, carry out a comparison and express oneself orally
Before the oral examination, the applicant prepares three prescribed scientific articles (depending on the strand chosen, see below). The oral examination consists of a debate or discussion with the jury on the subject of these three articles. The applicant’s motivations may also be discussed.

If the result is very satisfactory, the applicant will be admitted to the programme.

Three reference works for the Master in Communication – Culture and Communication strand:

  • Finalité C.C. Article Jan Baetens REC.pdf
  • Finalité C.C.Article Gérard Derèze Hermès.pdf
  • Finalité C.C. Article Dominique Pasquier Hermès.pdf

Three reference works [in French] for the Master in Communication - Communication and media strategies/Internal communication and HR/Management of internal communication and PR:

  • Finalités 1_Pierre_de_saint_georges_penser_la_communication_interne(1).pdf
  • Organiser la communication d’action et d’utilité sociétales. Le paradigme de la communication engageante

Before starting their courses, all applicants are advised to read:

Bruno Ollivier, Les sciences de la communication. Théories et acquis. Paris, Armand Colin, 2007

The entrance tests for the Master in Communication (staggered hours) will take place on the UCL Mons campus (Chaussée de Binche 151 – 7000 Mons) between 18.00 and 20.00 in Room 3 (ground floor of building A) on a number of possible dates:

To be confirmed

Master in Journalism

Written examination based on the reading, comprehension and grasp of a reading portfolio. Open questions will be asked in order to assess the acquisition and understanding of these texts.

The jury will deliberate on the basis of the application and the test results, as appropriate. It reserves the right to call the applicant for interview.

Reference works for the VAE entrance examination for the Master in Journalism:

  • Bruno Ollivier, Les sciences de la communication. Théories et acquis. Paris, Armand Colin, 2007
  • Daniel Cornu, Journalisme et vérité. L'éthique de l'information au défi du changement médiatique, Genève, Labor et Fides, 2009
  • Florence Aubenas, Le quai de Ouistreham

The VAE examinations will take place on the following dates:

To be confirmed

NOTE: candidates can choose the date that suits them best

The written test will be followed by an interview with the admission jury (date and location to be arranged).

Master in Information and Communications Sciences and Technologies

Remember that the “STIC” Master offers you a range of options so that you can focus your studies in the area of your choice. Depending on the field that you would like to focus on during your studies, you must read one of the texts set by the jury for the VAE test (see below).

1/ Reading a book or portfolio of reference texts in the chosen field:

Design strand: NORMAN D.A. (1994). Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine. New York: Basic Books

OR Librarianship strand: Parkes, D., & Walton, G. (eds) (2010). Web 2.0 and libraries: impacts, technologies and trends. Oxford: Chandos Publishing

OR Archive strand: Kecskemet, C., & Kormondy L. (2014). Les scripts s’envolent. La problématique de la conservation des archives papier et numériques. Lausanne: Favre.

OR Digital Humanities strand: Schreibman S., Siemens R., & Unsworth J. (2016). A New Companion to Digital Humanities (2nd Edition). Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-68059-9

OR Knowledge mediation strand: Revue Hermès no 25 (1999) – “Thème : Le dispositif, entre usage et concept” In this journal, applicants should read:

One compulsory text: D. Peraya - « Médiation et médiatisation… »

+ four texts to be chosen from one of the following sub-chapters [in French]:

- Le dispositif, une médiation entre sujet et objet

- Le dispositif, une interaction entre la technique et le symbolique

- Le dispositif, un espace entre liberté et contrainte

2/ The written examination with a recall question (assessment of study capacities) and two evaluation questions (assessment of critical capacities) will take place on the following dates:

To be confirmed

NOTE: candidates can choose the date that suits them best

3/ Oral interview before the jury based on the candidate’s application form and written examination.