The University of Arts, Sciences and Communication, UNIACC, is an Autonomous Private Higher Education Corporation. Its vision consists of being a University recognized for its offer of quality tertiary education in its different teaching and learning modalities -presential, blended and non-presential (full online )-, so that its programs facilitate access to higher education all those who wish to train in the areas of art, social sciences and administration, with an emphasis on communication, use of technology and innovation.
Universidad UNIACC is an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education of Chile and an Institution Not Accredited by the National Commission of Accreditation (CNA).
Today, the more than nine thousand graduates of Universidad UNIACC are protagonists of the different labor contexts of the world of communication.
The genesis of Universidad UNIACC dates back to 1981, when the technical training center called Higher Institute of Arts and Communication Sciences (CFT IACC) was created. It was the first center of higher studies in Chile specialized in the training of professionals for the world of communications.
In this way, study programs and careers leading to the training of higher level technicians in the areas of audiovisual communication and advertising were generated.
In 1987, the IACC CFT gained official recognition and became the IACC Professional Institute. Thus, in 1989, with the support of outstanding professionals, the University of Arts, Sciences and Communication, UNIACC, was founded.
Universidad UNIACC born with the purpose of developing an institutional and academic project committed to the promotion of art, culture, humanities, new technologies and communications.
The university began to impart the careers of Journalism and Architecture in 1991.
At the same time, it began to develop an institutional management and self-evaluation structure, aimed at systematically and continuously improving its processes, methods and procedures.
As the academic project of the university acquired higher levels of achievement and consolidation, new careers and programs were incorporated. In 1993, the institution opened the careers of Psychology, Public Relations, Advertising and Design.
Along with the expansion of the academic offer, Universidad UNIACC increased its physical and technological infrastructure, with systems, thematic laboratories and advanced equipment.
In this phase of its institutional life, the university strongly promoted international relations, constituting an extensive network of links and contacts with prestigious academic institutions in Latin America, the United States and the European Union.
In 1998, the university took a decisive step in the public projection of its academic work, when inaugurating the transmissions of its Television Channel in the UHF band. Channel 34 TV UNIACC was later integrated into a larger university extension project, merging with Radio UNIACC, which started as an internal dissemination experience. Today it has become a broadcaster that transmits 24 hours a day on the Internet, thanks to the work and creativity of the students of the university.
The Superior Council of Education, in December 1999, certified the full institutional autonomy of the university, which enables it to grant degrees and academic degrees independently, as of that date.
In this scenario, Universidad UNIACC undertook an ambitious reform of its curricular programs, which meant that in the year 2000, new careers and continuing education programs were created, especially designed for professionals inserted in the labor context.
Universidad UNIACC IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In 2004, Universidad UNIACC initiated a pioneering process in Chilean education: the teaching of careers and professional programs for online and blended modalities. The career that premiered the system was Commercial Engineering. Subsequently, postgraduates were incorporated and, in 2016, graduates and their Degree Program and University Degree (TLU).
In all the courses taught by online and blended modalities, students have incorporated new digital, interactive and multimedia technologies into their learning. The main entry to knowledge is through the eCampus platform, which is also available to the institution's students.
In its distance learning programs, Universidad UNIACC has differentiating advantages: track record and knowledge in the development of methodologies and contents specially designed for the modalities; state-of-the-art computational and audiovisual infrastructure; as well as professional experience in multimedia topics.
As a result of the international potential that Universidad UNIACC began to develop through online and blended modalities, in 2008 the university became part of the US higher education consortium Apollo Group Inc., through Apollo Global.
Today, the university assumes as a continuous process the readaptation and reconfiguration of its Faculties and Schools, together with the incorporation of new pedagogical structures and methodologies.
In this way, Universidad UNIACC has established itself as an educational project with almost three decades of experience, integrated into the global network of higher education entities and always setting trends in the different expressions of creativity.