1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Communication Sciences

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8885
Degree Programme Class L-20 - Communication
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Type of access Open access with assessment of basic knowledge
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Anna Maria Lorusso
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences


Applicants to the 1st cycle degree programme must hold a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualification obtained abroad. Alternatively, they must hold a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for the relative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, will be assigned additional learning requirements.

Knowledge required

They shall also demonstrate appropriate general knowledge, including:

- Strong general knowledge;

- Logical and reasoning skills;

- Ability to read, understand and interpret texts and documents (in Italian);

- Good expressive skills in Italian;

- Ability to read, understand and interpret texts and documents, in English, to level A2.

Assessment of basic knowledge

Students must sit an entrance exam as laid down in the call for admissions to the Degree Programme in Communication Sciences, published on the University portal. Students enrolling with a score of less than the minimum score indicated in the call for applications will be assigned Additional Learning Requirements (OFA), which shall be completed by the set date in the following manner.

Additional Learning Requirements

Candidates who do not achieve positive results will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA), to be completed during the first year of the programme. In agreement with the School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Degree Programme runs mandatory courses to fill any gaps emerging from the entrance exam. The additional learning requirements will be deemed to be completed by students passing the exam at the end of the course or in the following three exam sessions organised during the academic year. Students not completing the OFA by the date set by the Academic Bodies and published on the University Portal must re-enrol as repeating students in the first year of the programme, and will again have to complete the additional learning requirements.

Additional learning requirements are deemed to be completed when the students have passed all the learning activities envisaged in the first year of the programme, excluding any activities autonomously chosen by the students.

Assessment of knowledge and language skills

Admission to the degree programme is subject to the assessment of knowledge and skills in the English language, to level A2.

Students achieving a level of less than A2 in the language test will be assigned additional language learning requirements.

Students not passing the English language test to level B1 in the second year of the programme may not sit the third year exams.

Programme profile

The Degree Programme provides basic general, theoretical and applied learning in the main formats, means and types of contemporary communication. Students learn to critically analyse media and contemporary new media, using different languages and sign systems in interpersonal, micro and macro social areas.The curriculum includes course units divided into three main areas:

(1) general theory, offering a selection of fundamental concepts and theories of semiotics, language sciences, sociology and psychology, allowing students to analytically and critically investigate the world of contemporary communication;

(2) methodology, offering semiotic, sociological and basic analytical tools for interpreting visual communication and contemporary political communication, basic psychological methodologies for understanding and interpreting various contexts of social interaction (including conflicts and business interviews), basic computer skills to design and process digital texts and web contents;

(3) practical studies, offering basic competences in the main European languages, particularly English, working with communication professionals to effectively and efficiently design texts for advertising, traditional media (press, radio, television) and new media (websites, social media, virtual communities), and to work in professional and business sectors in an aware manner.

Particularly in year 3, ample room is dedicated to the analysis of case studies and concrete communication phenomena taken from professional and working situations. Students are offered direct contact with the professional and business world in the many laboratories organised (Laboratory 1 and Laboratory 2, each of which includes at least three different workshops, varying from year to year, according to professional and market needs).

During the three-year programme, to support the various course units seminars and conferences are run by entrepreneurs, , managers and professionals from the national and international communication sector.

Finally, students have the possibility to perform curricular internships in businesses, organisations, public administrations, offering them direct contact and experience with the professional environment with a view to future professional activity. Great importance is paid by all teaching staff of the degree programme, particularly those on the Internship Board, to the educational relevance of the internships performed by students in businesses and public institutions.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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