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updated 28/03/2011


Presentation & Philosophy:

The Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD - Institute of Media Arts) was created in 1959. From the outset, its purpose was to offer the full scope of courses and training relating to the audiovisual and performing arts within the framework of a single institute laying the emphasis on their artistic dimension. Since its creation, the IAD has trained more than 2,000 people in the professions associated with cinema, television, radio, animation, multimedia and theatre.

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Being a member of the CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Écoles de Cinéma et de Télévision - International Liaison Centre of Film and Television Schools), the GEECT (Groupe Européen des Écoles de Cinéma et de Télévision - European Group of Film and Television Schools) and participating in various festivals and juries (cinema, animation, theatre…) at regional, national, European and international level, the IAD contributes actively to intercultural dialogue around the world.

Number of full-time students: 524

Number of students in film/animation studies: 137

Number of international students: 156

Number of teachers: 163

Degree category / length of studies: 3-year Bachelor, 2-year Masters, 1-year Masters

Programme objective & content:

Two Bachelor's degrees are organised at IAD: transition Bachelor's degree and professional Bachelor's degree.

The first cycle in directing consists of 3 years (or 180 ECTS) of study and leads to a transition Bachelor’s Degree. IAD offers two programmes of transition Bachelor degrees.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts – Film-making and Radio-Television
  • Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts - Acting

Professional Bachelor's degree worth 180 ECTS, or 3 years of training in the following areas:

  • Image
  • Sound
  • Editing and Continuity
  • Digital Arts

Students with a transition Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) diploma have access to the corresponding Masters. At the end of the three years of the transition Bachelor’s degree, students have access to two types of Masters:

  • Masters 120 organised over two years (MA120).
  • Masters 60 organised over one year

Masters in 120 ECTS (MA120) proposes three areas of focus. The professional focus if the student wants to go in for the practice of a craft, the didactical focus if the student wants to go in for teaching and the research focus for the student who wants to go in for a PhD. Within each area of focus, the student can choose between different options.

Students with a professional Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) diploma can deepen their training by going on with a Masters in Film-making or Radio-Television-Multimedia (RTM). Those students can register for a Masters in 60 ECTS (MA60) by effecting a bridge, that means to gain the necessary prerequisites to the training the student wants to deepen. Those Masters propose four different training areas according to the optional courses chosen by the student: Image, Live mixing, Production management, Animation/Special effects/Multimedia.

The IAD educational project is based on three fundamental principles:

  • The acquisition, practice and proper command of knowledge and know-how are based on the production of a project: throughout their studies, students will be proactive learners putting their newly acquired knowledge into practice through different projects;
  • The favoured working and learning method is team work. Students from different departments work in small teams on a collaborative project;
  • Creativity is the core of the educational project and the heart of our students' training.

Entry requirements:

The IAD’s learner-centred education programme means not all applicants can be enrolled. This is the reason why an entrance examination is organised every year. The purpose of this entrance exam is twofold:

  • Evaluate the motivation and enthusiasm of each candidate
  • Check if the candidate has the minimum skills required to embark on such studies. However, candidates are obviously not expected to have the theoretical or technical knowledge that the IAD proposes to teach them throughout their studies.

Institut des Arts de Diffusion
Rue des Wallons 77, 1348 LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE – BELGIUM
Tel. +32 (0) 10 47 80 20
Fax: +32 (0)10 45 11 74

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