Institut Supérieur de Communication et Publicité (ISCOM) in Paris, France, has successfully received the EACA Accreditation in Commercial Communications Education by the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA). The Accreditation for the International Commercial Communications course (ICC course) will be valid for 3 years from December 2017.
The EACA Accreditation in Commercial Communications Education endorses specialist Bachelor and Master programmes that prepare students for a career in commercial communications. The accreditation is restricted to members of the European Institute for Commercial Communications Education (edcom) and is endorsed by EACA, which brings together the advertising, media and sales promotion agencies across Europe, promoting responsible advertising and high professional standards.
Depending on the scope of their curriculum, applicants can be accredited either for the complete framework curriculum in Commercial Communications or for a specific sub-course or discipline. Applicants are assessed by a Board comprising leading international professionals and educators and through a personal inspection visit.
The EACA Accreditation process is based on the fundamental principle that courses should offer students a balanced mix of theoretical and practical subjects in commercial communications. After a rigorous process of self-assessment, a school visit and a review by the Board, the Creative Design Branding course at ISCOM was given a positive report and received the EACA Accreditation as a result. According to Anne Castermans, Board representative and school inspector, “the course offers the perfect balance between theory and hands-on experience as internships and work experience in agencies play a big role. What’s more, ISCOM proves to have a wide network of industry contacts and partnerships which brings tremendous value to the students”.
ISCOM’s course Creative Design Branding is « an unprecedented branding program that integrates the values and methodology of Design Thinking, with the aim to create or strengthen brands. The creativity of Design Thinking empathises brands, respect for the individual and the environment and allows a new agility in line with current marketing issues. The course offers a pragmatic approach (from field observation to prototyping) and a cross-functional approach to communications (from creative strategic planning to agile and innovative brand management) with the aim to train communicators capable of working in multi-disciplinary teams. » says Sylvie Gillibert, Programme Director at ISCOM.
The EACA Accreditation will also be awarded to students who have passed their final examinations and have earned a diploma or certificate from a nationally accredited edcom member school. The accreditation will thus complement, not replace, their school qualification. The EACA Accreditation in Commercial Communications Education therefore offers benefits for edcom students, academics and schools, who will jointly form the nucleus of experienced forward-looking specialists, helping to advance the standards of commercial communications and marketing proficiency for the ultimate benefit of consumers.
The European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) represents more than 2,500 communications agencies and agency associations from 30 European countries that employ more than 120,000 people. EACA members include advertising, media, digital, branding and PR agencies. EACA promotes honest, effective advertising, high professional standards and awareness of the contribution of advertising in a free market economy. We encourage close co-operation between agencies, advertisers and media in European advertising bodies. EACA works closely with EU institutions to ensure freedom to advertise responsibly and creatively. We are here to share and address international experience and issues on a pan- European basis and provide an important link between agencies, advertisers and the advertising media in Europe and around the world.
edcom – the European Institute for Commercial Communications Education – was launched by EACA to promote excellence in commercial communications education and research and to encourage exchanges between the European commercial communications sector and academic partners. Click here for more information.
For more information, please contact:
Pauline De Pelsmacker
Training & Education Manager
+32 (0) 2 740 07 18
Director of European Affairs
+32 (0) 2 740 07 15