MA in Projects in International and European Cultural Engineering (PIECE)


Program Description

The ‘Projects in International and European Cultural Engineering’ (PIECE) master’s degree opened in September 2019. It is a two-year course to train French and foreign students and professionals in the fundamentals of managing projects and entities in the domains of culture and heritage. It uses innovative teaching methods based on the principles of collaborative intelligence, professional and international immersion and an understanding of technological innovation and scientific research. Mixed teams of teaching/research staff from multiple departments and research centers together with professionals working in regional and local cultural entities will come together to transfer the skills essential to responding to international calls-for-tender in the field of culture (e.g. Creative Europe). They will supervise students in developing actual projects proposed by the organizations in Bourgogne-France-Comté. Research seminars on the latest issues in culture and science will provide the basis for this reverse teaching, enabling students to constantly test out the theoretical knowledge they have acquired against the realities of the professional world.

One of the objectives of the course is to pass on the fundamentals of interculturality by means of academic lessons and multicultural communication work as well as by immersion in foreign cultures through collaborative work. This means the second semester will be spent serving internships in universities and cultural entities abroad. At the beginning of the second year, the projects are to be presented to European officials in Brussels.

Program description

During the first semester in Dijon, students will acquire theoretical knowledge and learn project methodology. This will enable them to set up one or more European/International pilot projects on culture. In the second semester, they will spend time in a partner university and a cultural organization abroad. After a benchmarking, at the beginning of the third semester in Dijon, the best projects will be selected and further developed and evaluated in terms of theory and practice. They will then be presented to members of the European Commission in Brussels. The final semester ends with an internship in France for foreigners and abroad for French students.


Managing cross-cultural projects in the framework of cultural industries involves acquiring skills and knowledge in the domains of project methodology, interculturality, communication, cultural policy-making, human resources management, new funding strategies, law and marketing for the arts, technological and scientific but also ecological, societal and managerial innovations.

Entry requirements

The master’s degree is intended for graduates with strong backgrounds in the humanities. Graduates in the following fields may be considered:

  • Law, Political Science, Economics
  • Art History, History, Geography
  • Languages, Communication
  • Literature, Philosophy
  • Sciences

The academic structure of the master’s degree includes refresher courses in the first semester for students from diverse academic backgrounds.

Application procedure

  • Students with French diploma should apply from April 21st 2020 to June 19th 2020 via Espé website


  • All other applications should been made through the UBFC application portal from February 2020 to June 19th 2020 no matter if you are from a European country, a Campus France country, or any other country worldwide. Application should NOT be made on Campus France website since our university is not connected to Campus France platform. Candidates will be asked to upload the application form and supporting documents assembled in a unique PDF file. The electronic application form and the detailed list of supporting documents will be provided after first email contact (see above).

Once selected only :

  • students coming from a Campus France country : you will be required to make your visa application on the « Etudes en France » website following the 3rd option « I am accepted ». Download here the guide with the instructions for Campus France procedure to follow
  • students coming from any other country : you need to contact the closest French Embassy
  • non European student, living in a European country : you will need to contact the French Embassy located close to your place of residence.

Countries with a Campus France office :

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Chad, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Guinea (Guinea-Conakry), Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Vietnam.


Every year, a very limited number of scholarships could be offered on the basis of academic track records.

Future career prospects

Graduates can expect to pursue the following careers: Mission head or project supervisor for a large number of institutions specialised in managing national, international or European cultural projects, government agencies, competitiveness centres, universities or ‘grandes écoles’, CNRS, consular or cultural services abroad, lobbying companies, associations or NGOs involved in community development aid and cooperation policy.

Program partners

Europe: Université de Galatasaray (Istanbul, Turkey), Universidad Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain), Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), Universitat de Girona (Girona, Spain), Universitatea din Bucuresti (Bucarest, Romania), Università di Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), Università di Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy), Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur (Leipzig, Germany), Dundalk Institute of Technology (Dundalk, Ireland)

Outside Europe: Tokyo Josai Daigaku (Tokyo, Japan), Ehime Daigaku (Matsuyama, Japan), Higashi Hiroshima Daigaku (Hiroshima, Japan), Fundação Universidade Estadual do Ceará (Funece, Brazil), Federal University of Pelotas (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil).

Site of training

Denis Diderot Institute in the historic town of Dijon, capital of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic go ... Read More

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region. Its strategic goals are to foster Excellence and Internationalization of BFC Higher Education and Research; increase attractiveness for national & international Students, Professors & Researchers; develop Innovation, Transfer and socioeconomic Partnerships. Read less
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