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France: Université Stendhal Grenoble 3

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Contact Person


Prof. Dr. Claudine Carluer

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Postal Address


Institut de la Communication et des Médias
UFR des Sciences de la Communication
11, avenue du 8 mai 1945
BP 337
38434 Echirolles cedex



+33 4 56 52 87 48



+33 4 56 52 87 10


. Description of instructional schedule
Students of the European Master of Arts in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies can choose courses for the required period of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits). Students will be required to take courses in the four following areas during a minimum of one semester spent at the Université Stendhal (30 ECTS-Credits).

Areas of study

Subjects and related programmes

I. Theory, History, Epistemology of Media, Culture, and Communication

Theories in Information and Communication Sciences Authors in Information and Communication Science. Basic Specificity of Information and Communication. Research Method and Methodology.

II. Institutions, Law, Politics, Economy of Media

Political Practices and Cultural Communication. Analysis of the Different Kinds of Social Fields in Communication. Mediated Communication. Social science and journalism.

III. Media as Texts, Media Production and Analyses, Multimedia

Document Multimedia Management. Video methodology, video conception and realisation, audiovisual technologies, multimedia methodology, photo, TV, online journalism

IV. Audience, Reception, and Media Education

Media: Socio-political and Socio-Discursive approach.

II. Assessment rules
Students have to choose between among three programmes proposed for the European Master to get 30 ECTS-Credits. The assessment rules depend on the courses. For some of them, it is a written examination, and for the others, it is an oral exam or a research paper. The performance of the student is evaluated by each professor and is ratified by a jury composed with the professors involved in the master.

III. Teaching and administrative staff
Teaching Staff
The core courses are delivered by 5 professors who are specialists of theory of information and communication, cultural industries, cultural communication; 10 senior lecturers who are specialized in cognition science, multimedia, journalism, management; 5 professionals in law, radio, television, photo and documentation. Prof. Claudine Carluer is local director of the European master Programme (click here for CV), Nathalie Pignard is in charge of international relations of the faculty (click here for CV)

Administrative Staff
The administrative staff is composed of the director of the international office of the Stendhal University, the secretary of the international office, the director of the international exchanges in the “Institut de la Communication et des Médias” and the secretary of international relations at the institute.

IV. Term dates
September - January
January - June

V. Examination period
1st semester :
December (or January)

2nd semester : May  or June

VI. Requirements and procedure for application
Requirements for admission are the successful completition of at least seven terms of study. This may be the equivalent of Master level award. A competent working knowledge - sufficient for academic study and writing - of the respective national languages of the selected places of study is a prerequisite.
Please include a copy of your language examination. DALF (level B2) or equivalent is necessary to apply.  
The application letter has to be submitted in the language of the countries selected. Applicants will also need to refer to the ECTS forms, which can be downloaded under application. Both letters, ECTS-forms and a copy of the university diploma should be send to the address mentioned above. Students may also include recommendations and/or previous experiences.

VII. Application Deadline

VIII. Support for international and / or first-year students
A student social centre (EVE) provides an all-year-round reception service for students. There are student associations active in all kinds of areas, such as culture, humanitarian action and local-community projects.

IX. Institutional frame
Today more than 50.000 students study on the campus of Grenoble belonging to four universities:

  • Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble1 (sciences),
  • Université Pierre Mendès-France Grenoble2 (social science and humanities),
  • Université Stendhal Grenoble3 (art, language and communication)
  • l’Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.

While the University of Grenoble already exists since 1339, the University Stendhal was formed in the year 1970. As an answer to the increasing need of trained professionals in the field of Information and Communication, a  study program  was created within a research center Gresec in 1974.
The “Institut de la Communication et des Médias” (ICM), which belongs to the university Stendhal, have been inaugurated in 1996. The Institute hosts the Faculty of Science of communication. The ICM with about 500 students has 7 masters in different fields of communication: a school of journalism, recognised by professionnals, a master of communication in firms, a master of documentaries’ realisation , a master of scientifical and technical communication, a multimedia communication master and  a master for research. The institute has one of most important documentation centres in the field of communication.

University Stendhal has a  Unesco chair in International Communication, one of the 25 at mondial , named "développement des techniques de l'information et de la communication - coopérations internationales" . This Chair allows leading international figures in research to come for 1 to 3 months to ICM and participate to activities in learning and research.


X. Research activities
The master is linked to the GRESEC (Groupe de Recherche sur les Enjeux Socio-Economiques de la Communication). Created in 1978, the Gresec worked at its begining about Public Communication in the fields of sociology and economics. The focus of the research is now the issues at stakes in the Communication Sciences. The Gresec publishes an electronic review: “Les enjeux de l'information et de la Communication”. The areas of research are:

  • The industrialisation of Information and culture (L'Industrialisation de l'Information et de la Culture)
  • The mutations in Public space (Les Mutations de l'Espace Public)
  • Multimedia and interactive writing: production and uses (Ecritures Multimédias et Interactives: Production et Usages);
  • Knowledge, research of information, automatic language treatment (Connaissance, Recherche d'Informations, Interfaces et Systèmes de Traitement Automatique de la Langue)

XI. Quality assurance and evaluation
All French Universities are subject to approval by the “Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur  et de la Recherche” and are required to apply for four-yearly contracts. This involved rigourous quality inspection, examination of content, courses structure and assessment. The Stendhal University applied for the four-year contract, admitting them to the new “Licence-Master-Doctorat” structure, which was formally approved by the ministry in April, 2004.
Within the master courses there is a “permanent quality committee”, made of academic staffs and professionals, reviewing yearly the course, and constantly adapting it to present needs.

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