School of Communication
The School of Communication’s mission is to instruct students in the diverse range of careers in the field of communication, such as public or private entities. Some areas that come under the heading of communication include political, administrative, and citizen communication, as well as cultural, economic, financial, informative, and commercial communication and advertising, which indeed all require a specific and deepen education.
The objective for the school is to transmit fundamental knowledge in social sciences and to bring students to gain in reflexion and autonomy. The main goal is for students to be able to work directly after graduation within a large range of companies such as consulting firms, communication agencies, traditional and new media companies, as well as private companies or public institutions.
Main orientations and specific features
Students are integrated in a 2-year Masters degree program to prepare them for high-level responsibilities in the workplace. The first three semesters are spent at the school whereas the last semester is dedicated to an internship.
The vision of the school is based on the necessary restructuration, the so-called refoundamentalisation of the way communication is taught (i.e. a new approach that balances academics and professionalism). It is a program rooted in social sciences, yet it also is its best asset.
The curriculum is based on four principles:
- theme-based social sciences workshops dispensed by academics and communication professionals;
- courses on the fundamental concepts of corporate life: finance, management, law…
- courses on the various communication fields and the environment they evolve in (communication strategy, media and new media studies, opinion studies, branding…);
- workshops to develop practical skills: public speaking, writing…
As of the 2011-2012 academic year, the School of Communication also offers its Master program entirely in English (English Track), which leads to a Master in Communications degree.
The School of Communication is a unique curriculum that ensures students they will be successfull in all the various fields and jobs of the communication sector: strategic planning at Ogilvy’s, creative jobs at Publicis’, project manager at Veolia’s, product manager at L’Oréal’s, parliamentary assistant, customers manager at DDB’s, Société Générale, communication manager, etc.
A very large spectrum of enterprises are indeed interested in the School of Communication’s graduates such as Areva, Axa, BNP Paribas, Canal +, Danone, DDB, Euro RSCG, Fnac, GdF Suez, Hermès, HSBC, Ipsos, Lagardère, Landor, LVMH, MacDonald’s, Microsoft, Orange, Ogilvy, La Poste, Publicis, Saatchi, SFR, Société Générale, SNCF, TBWA, Unilever, Van Cleef & Arpels, etc.
Increasing the international make-up of the student body is one of the School of Communication’s main priorities.
A partnership agreement was signed in 2010 with the University of Fudan in Shanghai to create a joint twoyear curriculum (the fi rst year at the School of Communication in Paris, the second year at the University of Shanghai), which leads to a “Science Po-Fudan” double degree.
Several new agreements are currently in the works with other Sciences Po partner universities, in the United States and Europe, in order to offer new double degree opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in communication and the media.