REACH, research training program

on the September 1, 2021

Thematic program of the Graduate School University of Grenoble Alpes (GS UGA) project


REACH is one of the 15 thematic programs for research training at University Grenoble Alpes’s (UGA) Graduate School, welcoming students as of their first year of their master’s degree.

REACH program is a selective training course created as an academic minor, built for French and foreign students desiring to become researchers, in order to provide them with a training in practice-based research and research creation. 

REACH offers an unprecedented cross-disciplinary training among arts, history, literature and languages studies. This training course will complete the existing master’s degrees with experimental forms of collaborative work (exhibitions, films, performances, digital museums, creative writing…) which will enable a wider exchange of knowledge and know-how between the university and society. The classes will be taught both in French and in English.

REACH also has at its disposal the MaCI -Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation-, a new building open in 2020 at Grenoble cam, created to bring together training and research. 


Masters concerned

Master’s degree in Artistic creation

  • Performing arts course
  • Film studies course

Master’s degree in Arts, literary and civilisation studies (ALC)

  • Literary: critique and creation (LCC) course
  • Comparatism, imagination and socio-anthropology (CIS) course
  • Antiquity sciences (SDA) course

Master’s degree in Foreign and regional languages, literatures and civilisations

  • Italian and French studies course
  • English studies course
  • Spanish studies course

Master’s degree in History


  • Cultural history, politics and international exchanges from the Middle ages to the present day course
  • Applied history: societies, environment, territoriess course
  • Antiquity sciences (SDA) course

Master’s degree in Art history

  • History, technique and theory of visual arts studies course
  • Museum, historical monuments and sites sector specialisation course
  • Antiquity sciences (SDA) course

Support structures

Four laboratories

  • ILCEA4 (Institut des Langues et Cultures d’Europe, Amérique, Afrique, Asie et Australie)
  • UMR 5190 LARHRA (Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes)
  • UMR 5316 LITT&ARTS (Arts et pratiques du texte, de l’image, de l’écran et de la scène)
  • LUHCIE (Laboratoire Universitaire Histoire Cultures Italie Europe)

One Federative Research Structure : Arts in the Alps, SFR Création,

Three deparments

  • LE (Langues Étrangères)
  • LLASIC (Langage, Lettres, Arts du Spectacle, Information et Communication)
  • ARSH (Arts et Sciences Humaines)

Two IDEX Cross Disciplinary Programmes

Two doctoral schools

  • LLSH (Langues, Littératures et Sciences Humaines)
  • SHPT (Sciences de l’Homme, du Politique et du Territoire)


  • One local partnership with the ESAD (École Supérieure d'Art et Design •Grenoble •Valence)
  • Numerous partnerships with worldwide universities

Theme for 2021-2023 - And after? The "fabrique" of the future

What answers can arts and culture provide us with addressing the major questions brought about by a future, that seems so difficult to imagine. “Culture being social connection itself », as Edgar Morin stated, asks us to question this shared destiny we are heading for, and the form it will take.

The new academic minor REACH will focus on the capacity the arts have to address the ways in which the new global circumstances can impact humanity as well as the artistic and critical forms that will enable us to envisage the future. The research creation minor will prepare the students to produce a collective art work at the end of the second year.  The creative training will address the symbolic, the narratives concerning the environmental, socioeconomic, migratory and democratic issues with interartistic practices, involving the body, the voice, writing, mise en scène, images and sound...


Master convenors:

Artistic creation:
LLCER: Isabelle Mazzilli (
Art History:

Project director:

Gretchen Schiller, Professor and Director of studies for the theatre arts specialisation of the master’s degree in Artistic creation, Director of the Federative Research Structure Creation, Project promoter for the Cross Disciplinary Program (CDP) Performance Lab -

Published on April 16, 2021