Communication Science

Communication Science
Communication Science

Programme Director: Prof. Marcello Pedaci |

First-Cycle Degree Programme


In the 1960s Marshall McLuhan predicted the advent of an “electronic age” where – he wrote – men would have had «no possible environment except the globe and no possible occupation except information-gathering». That age has come, and it is today’s age. Except that, in addition to what McLuhan envisaged, we now know that communication is as central as information gathering. In this sector, in fact, over the last few years there has been a transformation that is as fast as it is surprising: who could have imagined, a few years ago, that journalists would replace their pen – or their keyboard – with a video camera or a mobile phone? And that political communication would be reduced in 140-character “tweets”? Or that companies could have suffered huge economic losses only for miscommunication?

And if the world is changing, communication career options also are changing, becoming increasingly complex and often taking on unexpected features: who could have imagined professions like a web content manager or a social media manager?


In addition to being aware of this transformation, students who decide to enrol in a degree course in Communication Science are aware that communicating and speaking are not synonyms; that good communication does not depend only on the technology used to produce it, indeed they know that there is an adequate way to communicate for each type of technology. But above all, they are aware that before communicating it is necessary to know.


To respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world of communication, this First-Cycle Degree Programme is very complex and combines solid basic knowledge with specialized knowledge. Furthermore, after a first year with basic teaching/learning activities, students may opt for two different curricula focusing on, respectively, business and commerce communication and media and digital platforms communication; each of them will have specific subjects.


The central and characteristic elements of this degree course are essentially two: a constant dialogue between different disciplines and a close relationship between theoretical and practical aspects. In fact, laboratory activities are always joined to theoretical ones, so that students can learn how to put into practice what they study, helped also by workshops and laboratories where they can test themselves with some of the professions in the world of communication. This way, at the end of the three-year cycle, students who do not wish to continue their academic path, will have the skills necessary to start working in one of the many communication sectors, thanks also to the on-the-job training they may receive through the internships offered by the Faculty in agreement with many local and national companies.



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