The University Cultural Centre (CCU) is an arts hub, active in many areas of University life, training, research, international development, etc. Services, such as the Student House, the Staff House, and of course, the library, also have a pronounced cultural bent, promoting much artistic action. Networking is central to the CCU project: developing ties with other university components and services, while respecting their autonomy, is a key priority for the centre.


University Cultural Centre (CCU)


- presenting the latest in artistic creation

- promoting student career guidance and integration in professional circles

- favouring artistic presence through artist residencies and on-campus artwork

- promoting amateur practice

- favouring multidisciplinary artistic approaches

- fostering research outreach, particularly via a trans-disciplinary approach to the artistic and cultural sector

- developing innovation in scientific and artistic methodology through exchange with professionals

- promoting “cultural” identity and providing access to artistic practice for all



The University Cultural Centre (CCU) includes the Museum of Mouldings, who’s new museography was inaugurated in September 2015, following major renovation work; La Vignette Theatre, a national theatre since January 2016; and for music, the Medieval Music Centre and Orchestra, open to university students and students from Montpellier Méditerranée Metropole Music Conservatory.

In addition, the Cultural Centre offers different services, including arts practice workshops or cultural project development support.

CCU statutes

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CCU stakeholders

  • La Vignette, a national theatre at Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University

La Vignette Theatre
Located within the university, and part of the Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University Cultural Centre, the theatre has been deploying an artistic project over the last fourteen seasons, which reaches out to both the city and the university community. For a theatre centred on research and transmission, the university environment is quite unique in the French cultural landscape.

From an academic point of view, the environment is that of a community of students, research professors and administrative staff, working daily to create a space conducive to fostering autonomous, responsible human beings.

From a metropolitan point of view, the environment is that of a city where culture, the arts and the university have forged privileged relationships through time.

The theatre is a place of university outreach to the rest of the city.

Thanks to the theatre, the general public can enter the campus in order to discover creations born within the university environment. This is also a place where artists, especially emerging artists, can present their work in a unique context, blending openness and expectation.

The theatre is also a hotbed of dialogue and debate, wherein intellectuals, artists, academics and students come together to explore the same themes. Located in a university with over seventeen thousand students and over one thousand professors and administrative staff, the La Vignette Theatre offers something for everyone.

 / Nicolas Dubourg, Director of La Vignette Theatre – Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 Theatre
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  • Museum of Mouldings

A university museum with a Historic Monument listed collection.

Paul-Valéry University enjoys exceptional cultural facilities, at the forefront of which a university museum with an educational vocation: the Museum of Mouldings, home to study collections relative to the teaching of archaeology, and ancient and medieval art, with, in particular, a collection of plaster copies of sculptures. The listing of the collection as a Historic Monument in January 2009, confirmed its historic and heritage value: for the first time in France, a collection of mouldings was listed. The works were produced at the end of the 19th century, making them historic works in their own right, and reflecting the conservation status of the originals at that time, often lost on the originals themselves.

A historical witness of the teaching of archaeology and the history of ancient and medieval art at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (collections mainly from this period changed little thereafter), the Museum of Mouldings preserves and enhances this pedagogical tradition in an early 21st century university. The University offers a journey into the world of sculpture, with the great historical and artistic periods of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, through copies (mouldings) of original works from all over the world; acting both as an encyclopaedic museum and a museum of comparative sculpture. This tool is part of a set, also including collections of original, ancient works and a photographic collection, to be showcased in the new museum, as at the end of the 19th century. These collections are, therefore, of major interest in reconstructing the disciplines of archaeology and ancient and medieval art history at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, as well as in identifying scientific content and educational practices used at that time.
In order to preserve and enhance tradition and university heritage, the Museum of Mouldings, located at the heart of the campus, exhibits and presents collections, but also acts as a producer of events and purveyor of fresh knowledge, thus perpetuating its mission as a University cultural, scientific and educational facility. In addition, as the general public has access, the museum plays an awareness building role amongst the non-university population, about the history of Paul-Valery University and its rich heritage. In this way, the University is seen a place of culture in its own right. Built in 1965, at the heart of the campus, the building housing the collection of mouldings, retains its original value, as evidenced by its inclusion in the “Twentieth century heritage” label, attributed to the campus in 2011. Time elapsed since its construction has, however, seen much devastation. Anxious to preserve this remarkable collection and make it available to the general public, Paul-Valéry University has undertaken refurbishment, safety and accessibility work on the building housing the collection, with the kind financial support of the DRAC (Board of Culture) Languedoc-Roussillon.

/ Rosa Plana-Mallart - Professor of Classic Archaeology – Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University, Museum Curator
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  • Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University Symphony Orchestra

Launched in September 2005, the Music Conservatory and Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University Symphony Orchestra is the fruit of an artistic and educational partnership between Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Regional Music Conservatory and Montpellier National Opera and Orchestra.

The Orchestra is open to cycle-III and specialised students from the Music Conservatory and Montpellier University and Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University students (audition required).

The Orchestra benefits from the support of the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs for Occitanie.

/ Gisèle Clément, Director, Senior lecturer in Musicology – Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University
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Last updated : 18/12/2023