ABOUT US The school was founded by members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a French order created in 1680 by Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in France. Different Saint-Luc Institutes were founded all over Belgium, the first one in 1863 in Ghent. The first school in Brussels is founded in 1882 in Molenbeek, which moved in 1887 to Schaerbeek. In 1904, works start for a new Institute in Saint-Gilles, then called the Institut Jean Béthune, with in total 14 students. Works on this school are finished by 1908. This is still one of the current locations of the school, although it has been renovated and expanded since, especially from 1995 on. ACADEMICS The school (called both Institut and Instituts, depending on the point of view) is divided in six departments: • ESA, the École Supérieure des Arts (Higher School of Arts), with 700 students: studies include a Bachelor (three years) a Master (one additional year) and a specialized Master (one additional year) • ERG, the École de Recherche Graphique (School for Graphical Research), with 420 students: Bachelor (three years), Master (one additional year) and Specialized Master (one additional year) • ISURU, the Institute Supérieure dUrbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine (Higher Institute for Urbanism and Urban Renovation), with 85 students: created in 1947, this is a post-graduate school with a three year course (evening studies). • ISES, The Institut Saint-Luc dEnseignement Secondaire (Saint-Luc Secondary School), with 610 students • EPS, the École de Promotion Sociale (School for Social Promotion), with 340 students STATSTICS Established in 1863, Institut Saint-Luc Tournai (Saint-Luc Institute of Tournai) is a higher education institution located in the medium-sized town of Ramegnies-Chin (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Hainaut. Officially accredited/recognized by the Direction générale de lEnseignement non obligatoire et de la Recherche scientifique, Belgique (Directorate General for Non-Compulsory Education and Scientific Research), Institut Saint-Luc Tournai (ISL) is a coeducational higher education institution. Institut Saint-Luc Tournai (ISL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. ISL also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services. RESEARCHES n 1969, comics creator Eddy Paape, who had worked since 20 years for the two leading Franco-Belgian comics magazines Spirou and Tintin, started a course in comics, with the support of Hergé, an alumnus of the Institut. It was the first of its kind in Belgium, and was soon developed into a full Bachelor. Eddy Paape was followed by Claude Renard in 1976. The course soon become a well-known breeding ground for new Belgian talent. From 1975 on, they produced the magazine Le 9ème rêve (The 9th Dream, a reference to the in Belgium and France commonly used description of comics as the 9th Art). This magazine received in 1978 the Award for the best promotion of comics from the French Angoulême International Comics Festival. Later teachers include alumnus François Schuiten. Between 1984 and 2006, 286 students received a Bachelor in Comics. About 50% of the students later work in the comics industry.