Imagine, learn and start your own project related to global transitions

UGA Design Factory is an educational innovation lab run by Université Grenoble Alpes. It is located in the heart of the French Alps, in Grenoble.
The lab’s mission is to develop and integrate new teaching methods within the institution based on creative projects and the theme of major global transitions, with the aim of supporting students as they pursue their entrepreneurial projects.

UGA Design Factory is based on the three pillars: creativity and design, transitions and entrepreneurship.

It relies on the following educational principles:
  • project-based learning,
  • interdisciplinary cooperation,
  • creativity and design,
  • systems thinking
  • and learning by doing.
Active learning methods are particularly valuable in light of the current challenges linked to global transitions. These methods engage students by involving their bodies, emotions and collective intelligence.

For lecturers and research professors:

  • UGA Design Factory offers courses on designing creative and environmental educational approaches. This allows lecturers to help students acquire new skills and tools for designing proposals offering an original perspective. These faculty members then form a diverse and dynamic community of trained professionals who discuss their practices.
  • Rooms and spaces specially dedicated to creative methods
  • Loan of teaching materials

For students

  • Familiarisation with project-based and creative methods through workshops, challenges and conferences
  • Training on transition-related themes through thematic schools and exploration projects
  • Business start-up support

The UGA Design Factory team is comprised of twenty people who are proud to be on board and enthusiastic about working together to bring about educational transformation at Université Grenoble Alpes.
Key figures 2022
7,066 students have benefited from our programmes
2,977 training hours taught on creative methods and design for teachers
446 conference and meeting attendees
132 student entrepreneurs
Published on  March 14, 2023
Updated on June 7, 2023