Faculty of Information

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Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and Faculty of Information Sciences

The Complutense University of Madrid is one of the biggest public universities in Spain. It was founded in Alcalá in 1293 (before relocating to Madrid in 1836) and it is one of the oldest operating universities in the world.

It offers a wide range of educational opportunities and it is surrounded by green areas which offer the possibility of practising sport or organising cultural activities. The University has two campus: one in Moncloa and another one in Somosaguas. Besides, it also has an historical building in the city centre, in San Bernardo Street.

Nowadays, the Complutense University is considered one of the most important and prestigious universities not only in Spain, but also in the Spanish-speaking countries.

The quality of our degrees, our city and its people and our climate make us the destination chosen by many students to start their university studies or to complete them with a master’s degree.

Our History

The Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is the pioneer and benchmark in university education in communication in Spain since 1971. It is located at the Moncloa Campus and offers degrees in Journalism, Audiovisual Communication and Advertising and Public Relations.

Until 1971, communication training in its different specialties was distributed among different institutions: Escuela Oficial de Periodismo, Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográficas, the Instituto de Periodismo del Estudio General de Navarra, the Escuela de Periodismo de la Iglesia, the Instituto Nacional de Publicidad (1964) and the Escuela Oficial de Radio y Televisión.

In September 1971, a law was published regulating the studies and approving the creation of the school.

The first promotion of the 3 degrees began its classes on February 2, 1972 in provisional facilities at the headquarters of the Official Schools of Cinematography and Television (today RTVE Institute). In 1974, all activity was moved to our current headquarters on Avenida Complutense. This academic year the School celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Although there are many other schools in Spain, today we continue to be the school of choice for many students, being the center with the largest number of students at the Complutense University and, therefore, the largest of all those who teach these subjects in the country.

Throughout our history, many of the great professionals of the Spanish communication industry, cultural industries and renowned personalities of public life have passed through its classrooms:

  • Presidents, Founders, Directors of Communication Companies: José Antonio Llorente (LLYC), Mónica Moro (McCann), Fernando Rodríguez Varona (Publicis Media España).
  • Journalists: H.M. Queen Doña Letizia, Carlos Alsina (Onda Cero Radio), Almudena Ariza, Angeles Blanco (Informativos Telecinco), Sara Carbonero (Radio Marca), Pepa Bueno (Cadena Ser), Antonio García Ferreras (La Sexta TV), Arturo Pérez Reverte.
  • Film Directors and Screenwriters: Alejandro Amenábar (Thesis, The sea inside, The Others), Javier Ambrossi (Veneno, Holy Camp!), Fernando León de Aranoa (Escobar, Mondays in the sun), Daniel Monzón (Cell 211), Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Chico & Rita, Calle 54), Mateo Gil (Thesis, The sea inside, Agora).
  • Actors, actresses, models and other personalities: Cayetana Guillén´(Actress – The grandfather), Alberto San Juan (Actor – Airbag), Inés Sastre (Actress – El Dorado, Lancôme’s spokesmodel for its perfume, Trésor), Antonio de la Torre (The endeless trench, Marshland, The last circus).
  • Polititians: Isabel Díaz Ayuso (President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid).

Known and unknown, the students of the Faculty have left their mark. Some have done it inside its walls through graffiti and others by making films and short films.

Alejandro Amenábar, José Luis Cuerda, Fele Martínez and Eduardo Noriega pose in front of the mural of the film Tesis, which is painted in the Faculty of Information Sciences.

Photographer: Juan Carlos Gómez

Source: Tribuna Complutense

Our Faculty

The building that houses the Faculty of Information Sciences) was designed by the architects José María Laguna Martínez and Juan Castañón Fariña, who carried out the first phase of its construction (1971-1972). The second phase was carried out by Manuel Briñas Coronado (1975-1979)*. And although it was not finished, classes began in 1974.

These architects knew how to adapt the building to the terrain of the building, a significant slope between the Complutense Avenue and the Cantarranas stream. This school is one of the best examples of the architectural brutalist style in Madrid and despite being different from the rest of the buildings on the campus, it has managed to integrate into the physiognomy of the architectural fabric with its unique personality.

It is an apparently austere building, which leaves the construction materials, mainly concrete, in sight, raw, which, together with its large dimensions, increases the feeling of robustness.

In 2019, for the first time, our school participated in Architecture Week, a proposal of the College of Architects and the COAM Architecture Foundation that highlights the architectural value of the most emblematic buildings in Madrid.  Only a small selection of properties participates in this annual initiative in which guided tours are conducted for the citizens of Madrid.

*Source: COAM