Welcome to IHECS!


A school of Communication and Journalism, IHECS is located in the heart of Brussels, the capital of Europe.
Learning the skills needed for tomorrow’s communication is a core value of this professional school.
Its special location allows students to experience a crossroads of cultures found nowhere else in Europe.
Discover its programs, its media, its values, discover the “IHECSperience“.

This website was designed by IHECS students for foreigner students interested in an Erasmus at IHECS.

The Ihecsperience student’s team : Olivier Hannes – Elisa Ruwet – Aurian VanDerStegen – Yzaline Rézette – Marie-Charlotte Thiry – Thaïs Smeekens – Elizabeth Devriendt – Olivia Peebles








Students commit to a program for a semester or for a full year. Students registered in a bachelor’s degree can apply for the Bachelor of Applied Communication, while students enrolled in a Master’s program can choose from four options for a Masters degree. In each program, in agreement with their home university, students can choose courses for up to a maximum of 30 ECTS per semester. It is important to emphasize that students must choose courses confined to a single program.


French   Program


English   Program

  IHECS courses are taught in French. Courses offered to international students are in French. We offer a weekly French course to help students develop their language skills.   Only those students coming from an institution with which a specific agreement has been signed may enter the English program.  
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Public   Relations

Over the course of their studies in the Master of Public Relations program, students are prepared for careers in any type of organization of any size, whether it be public or private, commercial or non-profit, or domestic or international.
Students acquire the ability to listen to the parties involved and analyze the various factors that have an effect on upstream communications.
Through regular group work, students learn to coordinate, or even manage, a team with respect for diversity. Students master specific ways of communicating in different media via a variety of practical projects.

Journalism (Press & Information)

If the Bachelor’s degree provides a more theoretical approach on information professions, the Master courses shapes tomorrow's journalists. Theoretical courses address a variety of fields, such as economics and finance, Belgian / EU and international politics, local and regional news, socioeconomic information...
This Master’s degree in journalism focuses on learning journalistic styles of writing according to the different kind of media used. This knowledge is put into practice during the workshops, which provide a better understanding of the practicalities of the field.


In a world constantly confronted with changes, many brought about by the advent of social networks, producing future experts of commercial communication of for-profit and/or not-for-profit products is a constant challenge. This challenge involves learning specific techniques through the use of all media. This involves training experts in "communication strategy," which includes the reality in the field and thus empowers experts to implement effective communication.

Sociocultural and Permanent Education Activities (ASCEP)

The Master’s degree in Sociocultural and Permanent Education Activities involves work in the cultural sector (institutions and cultural organizations, creative development, the production of cultural goods, event planning, leisure ...), development (NGOs, humanitarian, sustainable development, ecology ...), social action (integration, associative networks, public networks ...) and education (media education, adult training ...).
Students serve as agents of creation and progress for new types of social development, social cohesion, or active citizenship. They are actors, designers or managers of this commitment, with action based on a critical analysis and a response that combines dialectic communication skills and the use of the media dimension.

Media   Literacy

This Master’s program seeks to empower today's citizens to a better understanding of the reality of today’s media.
The courses seek to deconstruct the media sphere to address it point by point. Through this deconstruction, the student will learn to use tools that highlight the critical sense of the information received.
One of the main components of this new Master’s program focuses on the active use of today's media and thus how to create the content and the message in an intelligent manner.
This Master’s program responds to issues involving active and responsible citizens facing an ever-changing media landscape. Courses in this Master’s program are not available to international students.




In the first and second years, the student is led to produce media projects. Between shooting videos, radio sound recording, creating layouts for posters and booklets, conceptualization of web design, photo shoots


The student learns to understand the media, to analyze them, criticize them, discuss them with each other, to put them in the service of a goal and obviously to create them entirely!


A proven professional value-add!
If you want to see the others student’s projects, please click here : ihecs.be




Learning the techniques of media is treated as the acquisition of a grammar which, once mastered, makes for accurate communication.


After receiving formal training, the student experiences through practical exercises the factors that influence the message: the light, the framing, the point of view , the choice of the focal length, the depth of field, the shutter speed.


Indeed, photography is always at the service of a message and uses a particular language which must be mastered perfectly. By learning this language, the student becomes a practitioner able to analyze, select and then highlight what he deems to be appropriate.


Each student must be able to understand what his image says, what happens between the intention and the reception. Much attention is also given to the student’s creativity, precision, and ethics and copyright.


IHECS is equipped with high quality material necessary at all stages of the production of a photographic work, from the photo taken in a studio to its development.


Together with graphics, photography comprises the “fixed image” module, taught in the first year of the Bachelor’s program.




At IHECS, future communication professionals gradually become accustomed to managing technical, time-related and writing complexities through exercises in which the level of difficulty increases year after year. These exercises start with a simple script, but move towards the Master’s degree level, with an emphasis upon organization, conception and airing of a work.


To achieve this goal, a basic training in language, followed by practical training in workshops, is provided by a team of specialists of the field. Exercises in real situations, such as shooting a corporate film, producing fiction, advertising commercials, TV news, allow students an approach closer approach to the reality of the field.


Equipped with advanced material, a new set and many editing rooms, the video media organizes its training based on a teaching method where everyone participates in the film making. The emphasis is on teamwork, a concept that students are strongly attracted to.


Video and sound comprise the “sound and motion picture” module taught in the second year of the Bachelor’s program.




Learning to listen, to recognize sounds, to reproduce them while understanding their meaning, constitute the basic objectives of teaching audio at IHECS.


To do this, teachers focus on experimentation through many boards and suitable portable equipment. To manage the media, a theory is essential. Such a theory is addressed during the second year of the Bachelor’s degree and completed over the course of the student’s academic years. The student will discover that audio is everywhere, plural and that its presence strongly influences the transmitted message.


Along side this theoretical approach, writing and conducting a radio production as a short-story or a vox pop is usually performed by a team.


This is the base for solid competence and motivation before continuing into a specific orientation inthe different Masters.


Video and sound comprise the “sound and motion picture” module taught in the second year of the Bachelor’s program.



Teaching graphic design in IHECS involves primarily translation of concepts into appropriate graphic language.


Computer graphics tools like Photoshop or InDesign are taught after theoretical training, where the readability of a message is considered in its shaping.


Projects made by students vary, largely depending on the specialization. The realization of the graphic design is monitored step by step and is assessed constantly by a management team that is always looking for new projects coming from outside of IHECS.


Powerful computer equipment and functional rooms allow students to work individually or in teams, depending on the project.


Graphics, together with photography, comprise the “fixed image” module taught in the first year of the Bachelor’s program.




The media and the acquisition of its control has become an essential skill for any modern communicator on the web.


At IHECS, web design involves convergence of all the media disciplines taught. There is much web designing for companies, organizations or associations that combine photography, graphic design, audio, video , made in our studios. Through this union and the creation of a constant media, the objective of working on transmedias enables a given media to develop its message.


Mastering this media requires specialized lectures that meet the complexity of a particular computer language. There are various media for reports that will vary the browser experience.


In IHECS, teachers emphasize nonlinear achievements that encourage interactivity between the user and the creation, thereby enhancing the communication of a message that is simple or complex.


This media is taught in the third year of the Bachelor’s program.







The City of Brussels offers a multitude of discoveries. From the old district of the Marolles to modern downtown buildings, the city reveals slow and exciting construction of a particular Brussels culture.


Brussels is a melting pot of Belgian culture but also displays the emergence of today’s Europe. Its special geographical position gives Brussels a multi-cultural dimension that is easily seen in its European institutions, the center of European decision-making, where the range of diverse nationalities perfectly represents the unique environment that is the capital of Europe.


The buildings that make up the campus of IHECS are located within a stone’s throw of the Grand Place, giving the students the opportunity to use the school as a jumping off point to discover Brussels and Europe.

Since the decision in 1997 of the EU member states to make Brussels the EU headquarters, Brussels has become the capital of Europe. Successive enlargements of the union and the establishment of European institutions in Brussels has created a genuine European district.


The European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions are all present in the European district and near the Robert Schuman roundabout, named after the founding father of the European Union.


Brussels also has numerous community agencies. IHECS is a point of entry to the European institutions. Students will have the chance to enjoy a large European network.



& Culture


Of course, Brussels is known for the Grand Place, the Atomium, the Manneken-Pis, its beers, its waffles and chocolates that are essential. But there are other must-see’s that are essential to Brussels culture.


Flagey Square


Halles  Saint-Gery


The  Marolles



After a decade of work, this square at the center of Ixelles is full of bars recommended by many Brussels residents. Belga is the most popular.

  Located just steps away from the Grand Place, the old neighborhood brings together a large number of restaurants and bars in a unique atmosphere. Thus, we recommend the Mappa Mundo, the Mezzo, the Tapas locas or the Roi des belges.   In the shadow of the largest courthouse of Europe is a typical neighborhood punctuated by a eclectic music tune. If you like electronic music, Fuse hosts internationally recognised artists. The Havana Club will meet the expectations of the most motivated dancers.  
  One cannot talk about Brussels without mentioning its museums. BoZar will quench the thirst of the most avid art lovers . The world-renowned artist Magritte has his own museum located in the center of Brussels in Place Royale. Tintin and Snowy await you at the Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art or at the Museum of Original Figurine, both located in the city center. For those with a sweet tooth, the Chocolate Museum is just right for you. The various museums of natural sciences, the museum army and military science, arts and history, Jacques Brel and musical instruments make Brussels a culturally rich city . The Theatre of Parc Royal, of la Monnaie, of les Tanneurs, of the Brigittines are also highly recommended places.  




Sophie   Henrard

Head of International Exchanges 



Stephanie   Poelleman

International Exchanges 





Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales

Rue de l’Etuve 58-60, B-1000 Bruxelles, Belgique
Tel : +32 (0) 2 512 90 93

Web : http://www.ihecs.be
Mail : ihecs@galilee.be


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