Paris College of Art
Fall Semester Elective 2017
12 – 19 credits

The PCA semester program is geared toward students interested in art and design, and is open to students both with and without previous experience. Visiting students select from a variety of art and design concentrations, usually aligned with their major, and select any elective courses from the array of art, design, management, and humanities offerings for a total of 12 - 19 credits.


Application Deadline
April 1, 2017
Apps accepted until April 15 as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Portfolio (see Academics)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)

Highlights

  • Design your ideal schedule
  • Take part in art and design events around Paris
  • Study alongside some of the most creative young artists in Europe

Program Dates
August 24, 2017 – December 16, 2017


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Art History
Communication Design
Design Management
Fashion Design
Fine Arts
Foundation
Illustration
Interior Design
Language
Liberal Studies
Photography

Art History

3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0103 | Open
This course introduces students to themes and topics relevant to the production and reception of the art and design disciplines taught at PCA. Using art and design objects located in Parisian collections as the basis for visual, contextual and cultural analysis, students will develop ways of seeing, contextualizing and describing art and design, while tackling a common set of issues, including but not limited to: chronology, style, authorship, form, function, composition, originality, narrative, and the decorative. Students will be guided as to how to conduct research in local collections and libraries and will produce a short contextually-oriented research paper on an art or design object or an artist or designer based on first-hand access to the object, artist, designer and archives.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0206 | Open
Photographers can’t and don’t take pictures at random. Since photography’s invention, the act of photographing has been framed both by the technical realities of the medium and by social and aesthetic traditions. This course will examine some of the major movements and styles in the history of photography, with particular attention to the rich 1880-1970 period. Through study of the pioneering work of key individuals, we will analyze how creative possibilities changed and expanded over time, and how the options and artistic stances we take for granted emerged historically. Each week will focus on a key movement or conceptual innovation which we will study through image analysis, historical and technical context and the reading of primary texts by photographers and secondary texts by historians or critics. Students will prepare a presentation in which they analyze a body of images by a photographer of their choice and present a series of their own photographs exploring that photographer’s way of working.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0221 | Open
If modernity can be understood as the distinctive set social, political, economic, and technological conditions that both shape and respond to the needs of a new form of human existence and that begin to emerge in the late 18th century, then modernism can be taken as critical literary, artistic, and architectural responses to those conditions and their consequences. The responses are therefore plural, and as such, we must speak of modernisms, some of which celebrate and make use of the advances offered by modernity, while others call them into question. This course will inquire into the distinctive features that characterize modernity and explore the various aesthetic responses to them in tune with technological advances such as photography and film.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0223 | Open
There is little doubt that the “classical” and classicism constitutes the principal matrix through which art history prior to the end of the nineteenth century is viewed. The course will examine the birth, meaning, and significance of the classical in ancient Greek and Roman art; study how the retrieval of its motifs made possible the art of the Renaissance; examine its return as “neo-Classicism” in the 18th century (and what this return means sociopolitically); and how it has been “remarked,” often ironically, in postmodernism. Students will acquire a clear sense of what classicism means and how it has, in its many forms, pervaded the history of visual culture and the traditions of the West.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0305 | Open
This course will examine how artists from the mid-19th to the early 21st Centuries conceive of and talk about their own artistic practice. While artists works are frequently viewed through the lens of art history or criticism, students will consider how artists present, engage with and develop further levels of inquiry into their work. Topics covered will include artists published writings, their notebooks, the artists statement versus the manifesto, and their teachings. The course will also offer the opportunity to explore the relationships between artistic identity and art work, ranging from analysis of self-portraits to their performance on screen. Students will discover the extent to which artists practice depends upon a critical awareness of the cultural, theoretical, and historical matrix in which they operate. Assignments will include research projects on artists and the preparation of a statement that defines the students own self-conception of their studio practice or area of study.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0330 | Open
This course will explore, analyze and compare Japanese, Scandinavian, North American, South American and Mediterranean architectures. Students will work toward the more focused goal of situating design and architecture practices within larger intellectual frameworks by exploring the indissoluble connections linking ideas and the products of human culture. This is achieved by introducing students to texts representing and describing various and critical methodologies applicable to architecture and design, which will be used to critique and analyze visual materials. Students will learn to understand the inner argument and logic of a text, to think more systematically and critically and to write more effectively.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 0340 | Open
This interdisciplinary course explores the rise of visual media, communication and information, within the context of a broad cultural shift away from the verbal and textual toward the visual, which has taken place since the advent of photography and cinema in the late 19th century, through the birth of television, to the present proliferation of digital media worldwide. We will consider the critical practices of looking, historicizing and interpreting that have accompanied this 'visual turn'. Our readings will primarily address the theoretical foundations of the study of visual culture, which is understood to incorporate a variety of visual media and visual technologies: painting and sculpture, scientific imagery, material culture, the internet. If everything can be visual culture, what remains of traditional notions of medium specificity? What critical tools must be invented to analyze visual events from a visual cultural perspective? The relationship between the visual arts and visual media, especially with respect to the 'global' contemporary visual landscape, will be a focus of this course.
Contact Hours: 45

Communication Design

2.0 Credits
Communication Design | Course #: FCMD 0208 | Open
Pre-requisite: 2D Integrated Studio 1 + 2 or equivalent.
In this core studio, a variety of projects will introduce the student to the manipulation of two-dimensional space using a combination of hand skills and digital skills to complete assignments. In this course, traditional and contemporary tools and techniques are employed to produce high caliber documents (maquettes) for presentation purposes. Working within established sets of parameters, students learn to design simple editorial material with an emphasis on specific technical constraints. With this understanding of basic pre-press production information, students are encouraged to use various techniques and tools (photography, collage, montage, drawing, transfer processes, digital design, etc.) to produce strong, persuasive designs.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Communication Design | Course #: FCMD 0237 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation Year or equivalent.
This core studio course offers an in-depth study of letterforms and their relationship to space and furnishes the foundations of mastering the relationship between concept, form, layout and communication. Students evaluate and prioritize information based on size, weight and positioning of letterforms. They learn the importance of eye travel and movement, and examine the past, present and future development in typography. Using the pencil, brush, camera and computer, emphasis is placed on the development of strong communication skills. While this is essentially a studio course, occasional theoretical readings are proposed in order to foster a critical assessment of the typographic history and to stimulate an awareness of contemporary issues in both print and multimedia design.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Communication Design | Course #: FCMD 0238 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation Year 2D Integrated Studio 1 & 2 or equivalent.
This core studio course introduces students to a variety of design methods and materials used throughout the communication design field. Students learn basic design methodology from researching to conceptualizing to execution, as well as the importance of design thinking. A variety of projects will introduce the student to the manipulation of two-dimensional space through an exploration of typography. Students will use a combination of hand skills and digital skills to complete assignments. While this course is essentially a studio course, occasional theoretical readings are proposed in order to foster a critical assessment of the media and to stimulate an awareness of contemporary issues in both print and multimedia design.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Communication Design | Course #: FCMD 0300 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore Core studios
This junior level studio course builds on sophomore year's curriculum by contextualizing general design theory and practice of their areas of interest. Social responsibility, sustainability, intellectual property, ethics and business practices are introduced into the design process. Research and ideation are integral components of this class, as it prepares students for their senior thesis project. Students apply this to projects for an industry sponsor, ngo/non-profit organization, or competition.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Communication Design | Course #: FCMD 0330 | Open
Pre-requisite: 2D Integrated Studio 1 + 2 or equivalent
This junior laboratory/technology studio course focuses on the design process and technical background required for designing effective interactive experiences, with an emphasis on design methodology for evolving systems. HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Flash, and Web 2.0 CMS will be introduced along with specialized web design, imaging and animation tools. Students will design and mock up websites. The second semester delves further into notions of interface design, information architecture and web infrastructure.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communication Design | Course #: FCMD0450 | Open
Pre-requisite: Advanced Studio
Seniors work on a year long self-defined research and design project, culminating in a Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Spring. The senior thesis project demonstrates the student's intellectual, technical and critical maturity through both a visual component and a written component. Senior thesis advisers – outside experts in the students' chosen subjects – provide guidance and critical feedback.
Contact Hours: 45

Design Management

3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0122 | Open
This course explores what is design management and gives an overview of topics and issues central to the subject, with an emphasis on understanding the basic skills required to become a design manager/strategic designer and the kinds of careers and futures design managers and entrepreneurs may enjoy. Why should we pay attention to design and why/how can we integrate design to coherent business strategies are other issues addressed in this course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0202 | Open
This course introduces students to the world of entrepreneurs by giving them access to the Parisian ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will meet young entrepreneurs and learn about what it takes to generate and develop a new business, understand the challenges and the common mistakes to avoid, but also the opportunities and tactics for growing a business. The course is also the occasion to analyze a variety of business models and learn how to generate a successful business model.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0225 | Open
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and practices of financial statement analysis. The course therefore assumes only minimal knowledge by most students of financial accounting and finance. Primary emphasis is placed on mathematical problems and concepts relevant to financial and operational business applications, including regression, forecasting, sampling and statistical analysis. This course also lays the groundwork for more advanced study in finance and international business transactions in the fourth year.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0236 | Open
In this course, students will explore the basic principles, processes and vocabulary of digital fabrication through learning 3D, experimenting with digital manufacturing and connect with a community of makers that are frequent users of a FabLab or makerspace. The aim is to introduce students to contemporary design processes, and peer-to-peer learning.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0241 | Open
Microeconomics is an introduction to general theories and principles of microeconomics and the study of how small individual economic units such as firms, households, and consumers make decisions with respect to allocation of scarce resources and production processes. Students will learn about individual demands and consumer behaviors, demand and supply mechanisms, cost and production theory and game theory for example.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0257 | Open
Today management implies a rich understanding of how organizations work, individual psychology and the nature of group interaction involving individual personalities. This course addresses the management issues involved in organizational structure and culture, leadership behavior, motivation, and the processes and practices of negotiation, conflict management, and organizational change. Special consideration of these issues and practices as they are manifest in creative environments constitute a large portion of the course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0275 | Open
This course addresses practical issues of project management. Emphasis is placed on understanding how to create a project plan and manage a team to meet the scope of the project, milestones and deliverables.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0301 | Open
This course explores the field and principles of sustainability and their impact on design and business, from cradle to cradle to the ten principles of One Planet Living for example. Students learn about life-cycle and life cycle analysis and get to understand what a sustainable business and design strategy entails.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0302 | Open
This course explores design and design management skills in various cultural contexts. Design managers have to be culturally sensitive. This course addresses issues relevant to the developing world.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0304 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: MAIN DSN -102
Instructor: Maria Saidy Garcia
Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Retail involves a subtle mix of knowledge including but not limited to changing consumer behaviors and purchasing culture e-commerce, costumer relation, retail environment location, display, retail marketing, and branding€“ expressing corporate strategies and objectives, logistics and supply chain. In this course, students gain an understanding of the principles of retailing.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0307 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: MAIN DSN 204
Instructor: Emilie Prattico
Friday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This course will explore the responsibilities and accountability of businesses and managers with regards to ethical behavior. Why should companies behave ethically? How can managers create organizational cultures that support ethical behavior in all employees? The course will explore the nature of the ethical dilemmas managers can face and review the legal and regulatory climate in which companies must operate. This includes an overview of organizational structures, internal auditing, corporate governance, codes of ethics and internal stakeholder issues such as product quality, customer satisfaction, supply chain issues, employee wages and benefits, and local community and environmental responsibilities. How can managers embrace transparency in operations, be accountable to critics, internal and external, while balancing the needs of stakeholders from shareholders to NGOs.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0313 | Open
Pre-requisite: Marketing, Economics 1 & 2, Strategic Design Management or equivalent(s).
This course is designed to study the impact of global economic models upon domestic economies. Issues explored include the impact of business on migrating populations, environmental movements, social climates, new technologies, and international trade agreements.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0370 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: MAIN DSN 202
Instructor: Roger Thorn
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and practices of financial statement analysis. The course therefore assumes only minimal knowledge by most students of financial accounting and finance. Primary emphasis is placed on mathematical problems and concepts relevant to financial and operational business applications, including regression, forecasting, sampling and statistical analysis. This course also lays the groundwork for more advanced study in finance and international business transactions in the fourth year.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0403 | Open
This course provides Design Management students with the necessary vocabulary and practical know-how to survive as a future (strategic) designer working within or for different organizations wanting to innovate. Students will learn that (1) Organizations are often very complex and multifarious environments (2) Multiple, often opposite points of view exist within such organization and (3) In order to propose innovative solutions to everyday problems, practitioners must be able to understand and relate to these different points of views.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FDMT 0450 | Open
During the four-year of the Design Management program at PCA, students have acquired people, problem solving, managerial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills required to become a strategic designer and/or design manager. Design can be used strategically for greater good... to find solutions to the toughest problems, to innovate processes, bring organizational changes and to influence positive behaviors. The senior thesis being the culmination of such learning, students will need to demonstrate (1) Their understanding of Design Management and their particular point of view on the question of Design Management (2) Their ability to frame a research topic in Design Management, i.e. define and research a problematic, set the research method, analyze findings and offer a solution to the problem they inquired about and (3) Their creativity in finding and expressing a solution to the problem they have been investigating. The thesis production spans two semesters.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Design Management | Course #: FFAS 0414 | Open
Managing a fashion collection implies understanding the various steps necessary to produce and sell a designer’s concept. If a person on that chain does not do his/her job properly and on time, the item may not make it to the store. Whoever is interested in “fashion”, a fashion designer or a retailer for example, needs to know the fundamentals of how a fashion collection comes together and how it makes it to the store. Students learn about fashion logistics, the financial aspects of fashion and the relation to retail spaces.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion Design

3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FDMT 0357 | Open
An introduction to qualitative research methods that are commonly used in design projects, this course covers the gathering, analysis and application of research as it informs different stages of the design process. Techniques covered will include participant observation, in-context interviews, self-documentation, participatory design and interactive testing. Texts and materials will be drawn from several fields in the social and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, psychology, and sociology. This course will include individual and group research assignments and applications of findings to real-world design problems.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0205 | Open
Pre-requisite: foundation core studios - semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
This course teaches fashion hand drawing techniques mainly from live fashion models; first it will focus on body proportions, body details and body movement to later concentrate on the stylized fashion figure, allowing students to synthesize and create their own ideas.
Students will analyze the behavior of the fabric on the body, how different types of clothing hangs and reacts to movement.


Volume and perspective will be a subject of study through lights-shadow and forth-shortening techniques, which help students to situate their fashion figures in the space and prepare them to design clothes as soft sculptures, a bridge from 2D to 3D.

Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0207 | Open
Pre-requisite: foundation core studios - semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
Practical application of appropriate computer software is a must to meet the demands of a hectic fashion market. This course explores CAD software techniques used in the fashion industry to enrich the possibilities of communication skills. Students will learn how to use vector drawings to create technical flats of garments, and basic rendering textile techniques to enhance digital image presentation.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0210 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: MAIN DSN 302
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pre-requisite: Foundation core studios - Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
Students are trained to fully explore and exploit various multi- and interdisciplinary sources in order to creatively apply investigative research to a conceptual design process. Students use sketchbooks as documentary tools and through market research gain awareness of fashion and design products and market categories as well as with current issues in international fashion. The second semester includes different methods and conceptual techniques for implementing effective design directions.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0240 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation core studios - Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
This course introduces the 3D form, fabrics and basic garment construction. Through the practice of draping muslin on the mannequin, fabrics workshops and analysis students learn how 2D materials become 3D forms. The foundation of pattern shapes: bodices, skirts, sleeves, and collars are covered as are essential technical skills and garment assembly techniques. Weekly briefs encourage intensive 3D research and exploration of a variety of methods and techniques. The course initiates a flexible, experimental and critical approach towards materials, volumes, and shapes from which design concepts emanate in an individual, personal, problem-solving process.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0297 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation core studios - Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
Students develop an understanding of professional pattern making, metric pattern cutting, and drafting skills. They learn about the architecture of garments and the technical implications of flat construction for the fit and construct basic patterns for skirts, trousers, bodices, dresses, shirts, sleeves, hoods and collars. In the second semester, more advanced methods and techniques are explored. Individual design projects encourage students to experiment with patterns and construct the garments.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0320 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore core studios - Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
Junior Design Studio integrates draping and pattern making as a means of achieving the student’s own designs and realizing them as finished garments. Focus is on the process of executing a design concept from its 2D form, including layout, cutting, construction, fitting, and finishes. Through technical projects, students continue to develop their skills. In the second semester students follow professional sample procedures to develop a garment from an original design under the direction of the instructor and a external designer critic. At the end of the semester they produce a 3 look collection that serves as preparation and practice for collection line-up and time management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0330 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore core studios - Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
This class focuses on digital tools for fashion design and fashion illustration. Students use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to prepare concept boards and collection concepts completed with scanned sources and original artwork. Exploring a variety of digital design and presentation methods, students will focus on developing new design concepts for defined niche markets; project briefs will involve research and style analysis of a French couture house or a European luxury brand. Applying digital communication and presentation skills, students will develop a new contemporary vision for an innovative product range and their own graphic identity presented in a professional PowerPoint presentation.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0332 | Open
Pre-requisite: Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
This course teaches students how to generate and develop various highly individual design concepts related to specific, identified market levels and product segments. Different principles of collection work and collection concepts are applied to set project briefs. Methods of presentation in relation to the fashion design portfolio enhance appropriate visuals for the fashion design process. Observational fashion, design, and trend research sketchbooks form part of this course, as well as external project briefs, which are reviewed and assessed by professionals from the French fashion and clothing industry (e.g. Designer Critic Project).
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0376 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore core studios
This course increases students knowledge of natural and synthetic fibers, fabrics, and materials as well as the range and application of textiles to the special requirements of clothing production. Students are given an overview of the textile and fiber markets, including fiber identification, knowledge of yarns, and fabric constructions. Dyeing, printing, and finishing methods are introduced to learn characteristics of finished cloth for end use. The historical background of different textiles is examined as well as contemporary developments and the changing values assigned to different textiles.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0410 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior core studios. Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
The focus of this course is placed on creative problem solving of designer garments via advanced construction techniques, tailoring methods, draping, pattern making and finishing techniques. External fashion professionals provide critiques and guidance. The second semester focuses on the realization of the students thesis collection and culminates in a fashion presentation (fittings with model, photo shoots, showroom and runway show) of student work shown to industry professionals.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 0412 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior core studios - Semester 1 is prerequisite for semester 2.
In this final year course, students focus on conceptualizing and contextualising markets, trends, color, materials, technical considerations, and production research within individual design proposals. Reflecting their awareness of contemporary fashion, students will visibly define areas of investigative research, work methods, and fashion strategies, as well as design intentions and outcomes. While considering different product categories and retail levels, the students develop a fashion statement through appropriate accessories, looks, and styling. In the second semester students will employ a self-directed design process to achieve their thesis collection of garments and accessories based on a personally selected, clearly defined theme. They work on preparing their portfolio, brand image, and visual presentation for entry into the professional world of fashion design.
Contact Hours: 45

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0201 | Open
Pre-requisite: Fashion Core Studios
Working away from the stretched canvas to different structures and surfaces, exploring scale and more site-specific projects, introducing the notion of space within a 2D context, this course will address in class systematically formal painting issues, i.e.; texture, mark, scale, color, composition etc. These issues will accompany important themes in Contemporary Art without replacing them. This undergraduate painting course aims to enable each student to pursue their in and around painting in all its forms in the most committed, imaginative and experimental way. Work may manifest itself in a wide variety of different mediums and materials. This course engages with and contributes to the change and development in the expanded field of art. Although its core concern is with practice, it promotes the hybrid nature of current art practices by exploring the boundaries of, and the interface between, art and critical ideas. Furthermore this class aims to develop the individualization of the students' pictorial language.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0205 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation Core Studios
The course will revolve around presentations and assignments to create a platform for analyzing your own emerging practice and learning how to pinpoint and develop themes from within it. The second half of the course will encourage the development of your personal areas of interest through dialogue, peer review and personal tutorial. Sculpture will be approached as a process of materializing and actualizing connection to Spaces and Objects (including politics, humans, histories...) and will reassess classical connotations of sculptural form by opening them to a wider range of issues coming from video, architecture, document and research approaches to art-making.


Following the first semesters discussions on independent practice, the spring semester will focus on strengthening students personal artistic language and ability to locate and isolate relevant research topics either through intuitive, logical or thematic thinking.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0207 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation Core Studios
This course is designed to build on existing technical knowledge and skills, facilitating a more focused approach to the relationship between creative technology and practice. The course seeks to explore drawing within contemporary fine art practice. The workshops will focus on the process of drawing as concept, drawing as subject matter, drawing to create or define context, drawing as source and resource to develop a personal expressive language.
The aims of the course are to extend advanced and technical knowledge, to encourage a broad range of unfamiliar materials, process and to facilitate experimentation. Research methods will be introduced to support your projects and to encourage a critical approach/response to ideas.
Instruction is delivered through studio sessions, site work, teaching events and demonstrations, and coordinates thematically with other coursework in the sophomore year curriculum.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0209 | Open
Pre-requisite: Foundation Core studios
The video course is organized as a creative workshop, where students are encouraged to engage quickly in a personal research. A strong involvement is necessary to achieve any 4D project including in class tutorials and independent work. The first semester will be devoted to technical familiarization with the different filming tools, recording sound and linear editing, in order to acquire spontaneity. The goal for this first term is to develop all the technical skills, and create automatisms to best serve the video practice. Students will be encouraged to use their personal filming tools (smartphones, regular consumer cameras), as basic as they could seem, to allow a common and natural usage. The collected imagery and sound will serve students all year to build their personal research and artistic proposals. We will see how different artists create images from three constitutive elements: light, space and time. We will learn that an image can not be simply reduced to the broadcast visual element, but includes the contextual presentation. We will discuss the importance of the distribution of light and colors in the development of this overall picture, which will introduce the space, set design and the role of the spectator. We will approach the various possible temporal modalities of the image broadcast: real time, delayed linear continuity, disruptive continuity (interactivity, random images), and their influence on the space and the spectator.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0305 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore year sculpture
This course aims make aware students of certain issues in contemporary sculpture and gives them the technical and conceptual means to develop a more personal language and identity. Students are encouraged to experiment with different approaches, media and concepts and continue to explore technical skills necessary to conceiving and executing sculptural work. Over the course of the semester students are encouraged to develop and pursue a personal sensibility within their artistic research.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0309 | Open
The Studio Concepts course challenges and encourages the students to explore the different creative processes and contemporary artistic practices. Open to research all media ranging from painting, drawing to photography and video, from objects, sculpture to installations and any un-familiar propositions, the students may experience and develop their ideas that emerge spontaneously out of experimentation and process.

Through research and reference the students need to justify and document their ideas and proposals. The projects will include concepts and process; develop context and ideas.
The aim of the studio concept course is to encourage and enable students to create an individual and critical approach/response to ideas and tasks, spanning all disciplines and to assure an underlying connection to the student's construction and deconstruction of their chosen areas and personal practice.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0313 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore Core Video 1 & 2
This required Junior studio provides a highly-intensive introduction to video production. The fall course is an investigation of the moving image as an art form. Students will revise the basics of the language of film by further developing methodology and technical skills necessary to produce their own videos and animations. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to artists working in the field and will consider filmmaking and animation in relation to Fine Arts. Students will participate in all aspects of digital, time-based media production including concept development, storyboarding, shooting, editing, screening of final works and DVD authoring.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0315 | Open
Today, textiles are being used in a greater measure on the art scene: the embroidered canvases of Ghada Amer, the installations of Annette Messager, the knitted rock from Andy Holden or the patchworks of Tracey Emin, are a few examples of this innovative use of textiles. This course proposes to explore textiles as a medium to translate fine arts or design projects. Whether your field of interest is surface pattern, imagery, construction in space, mass, volume, sculpture, you will be taken through experimentation and technical instructions, such as hand and machine knitting, weaving, dyeing and various treatments, to develop a strong personal project. Individual assessment throughout your research will lead you to propose daring textile solutions as an alternative means of expression or design.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0317 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore year painting
In order to evolve and discover new pictorial horizons painting today must remain open to the possibility of a dialogue with the wide range of multidisciplinary influences that are available. Where once the field of exploration was defined by the rigueur and strict dictates of a formal training.
The strength of painting today lies in its flexibility to use such training and adapt to the influences of other 2D and 3D disciplines and the pictorial possibilities that they offer as art experience. The possibility to create an art experience through research, experimentation and interaction are the key components in the junior year in painting. With this as a core component the dynamics of painting are explored through a variety of set projects designed to stimulate the individual imagination.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0326 | Open
Pre-requisite: Sophomore year drawing, advanced drawing skills
This course will focus on the actual drawing process as concept and experimental research as resource. Drawing as the subject matter, drawing context and the actual drawing practice to develop new ways of expression and mixing media, new ways to appropriate the act of drawing. This course is not about drawing things, but to encourage students to explore the actual physicality of making a drawing or to question the physical involvement of drawing; to explore existing and reinventing new methods, ideas or processes simultaneously. Through different exercises, in class workshops or given assignments the students can invent and develop a personal language and propose new ideas, make links between media and technologies.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0403 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior core studios
Senior Concentration is the synthesis of studio practice and theory. Senior year students will work independently to produce a conceptually coherent body of work expressing their individual artistic identity. Tutorials, guest lecturers and group critiques offer guidance and support as students focus on their chosen media, modes of expression, and research interests. The coursework culminates in a student presentation, final exhibition and assessment by a guest jury, during which students must consider issues of self-editing, display, and public presentation.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0405 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior Core Studios
The Fine Arts Senior Thesis course teaches students to conduct appropriate research that will improve their capacity to express the relationship between that research and their developing studio practice, in order to clearly contextualize their work in relation to a larger art historical, theoretical or technical narrative. In the Fall semester the course offers more workshops, introducing research methods, exploring language and writing through material or visual propositions, using language as a “medium”. During the Spring semester the students will focus on the actual research for and writing of their thesis paper. Developing effective research and writing methods, producing an artist’s manifesto, a statement of intent, an artist’s statement and their final thesis.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 0444 | Open
Pre-requisite: Junior core studios
The Senior Studio Concepts course challenges and encourages the students to consolidate their ideas and personal working processes. The course will help students to negotiate the development of an independent studio practice, respecting their chosen focus and with emphasis on advanced research methodologies.
A course designed to support each student within their artistic practice and projects, through regular individual and group tutorials. A studio course based on research, process, the actual making and contextualization of their work within a given reality, space, or “white cube” situation. A course, encouraging new ways of making, revealing experimentation, developing ideas until the students feel confident to engage with professional realities.
Workshops, gallery visits, relevant museum exhibitions will help students to situate their own practice within the contemporary art context.
Contact Hours: 45

Foundation

4.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0110 | Open
This course is an introduction to dimensions in art and design (2D, 3D, Photography and Moving Image) through material processes. Over the course of the semester students rotate for one month through three discipline areas. A common theme links the three courses and projects overlap and develop progressively. All first years take part in a joint critique of their work. Students are taught how to use practical tools and shown methods for handling materials that provide concrete starting points for creative practice. These include, but are not limited to: book-making, basic printmaking, black and white printing, sewing inductions, moving image workshops, and the operation of woodwork machinery.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0111 | Open
Building on the practical knowledge acquired in in Materials and Dimensions I students develop their ideas with more autonomy whilst being supported by the technical expertise of their instructors. In this course students focus on the relationship between design, process and final outcome in 2-Dimensions. After an introduction to color theory and symbolism, students learn about color through print. Students are taught to question and analyze the image-making process. Through set assignments students explore different media and techniques and learn how to select the most effective methods to communicate their ideas.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0112 | Open
Building on the practical knowledge acquired in Materials and Dimensions I students develop their ideas with more autonomy whilst being supported by the technical expertise of their instructors. With a specific focus on ‘The Body’ students are introduced to the many ways that the human form is central to art and design practices, whether it is in the design of clothes, products, buildings, or furniture. Students gain an understanding of the different possibilities for 3D Design (architecture, fashion, product design, furniture, fine art sculpture) Projects are based on investigations into how the physical structure, dimensions, and the functions of the human body inspire and direct the design of forms. The influence of context and environment on the generation and development of ideas will be essential to the work. Students experiment with the potential and limitations of materials and different material combinations.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0113 | Open
Building on the practical knowledge acquired in Materials and Dimensions I students develop their ideas with more autonomy whilst being supported by the technical expertise of their instructors. This course teaches techniques for creating digital photography sequences for multimedia production, with a focus on the intersection between still and moving images and audio in digital media environments. Students learn how to combine digitized video with still images, graphics, text, sound and music, and produce work from time-based media sources. The use of social media for narrative and non-narrative forms of storytelling is detailed in class. Students examine basic principles of time-based artwork, through various art mediums, which include: photography, video, sound, and installation. Topics explored include: narration, sequencing, motion, and perception. Students learn how to use time as an essential element in art making.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0170 | Open
This course aims to equip all first year students with the necessary skills and confidence to be able to use digital tools. The curriculum is project-led and structured so that students can apply their growing skill-set to realize their ideas. All projects are contextualized with examples of work by contemporary artists and designers who are working with digital media. Students are introduced to the possibilities for digital tools as part of their creative work.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0174 | Open
Students explore their immediate neighborhood and the city at large as a site of inspiration. The city and its spaces become an extended classroom. Students respond to a theme designed to encourage interaction and integration with their surroundings and new, unexpected ways of looking at their environment. Site visits, walks, lectures, readings, and practical exercises guide students through different approaches to the creative process with the aim that they develop their own methodologies and engage with the city as potential artists and/or designers.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Foundation Courses | Course #: FFND 0176 | Open
Drawing--across all first year studio courses and in every progression track at PCA--is considered a fundamental discipline for creative practice. The aim is to give students both a vital course in traditional skills and an introduction to contemporary and emerging approaches to drawing. Included in this class are subject specific workshops such as: digital illustration, gesture/dance, experimental fashion drawing, drawing and film. The purpose of this course is to instill a lively and inspired discipline that students will continue to practice in many forms beyond their foundation year.
Contact Hours: 45

Illustration

3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0200 | Open
This course is an introduction to the creation of pictorial worlds. It allows students to develop a personal graphic vocabulary and introduces them to processes and techniques of the pictorial style in illustration.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0218 | Open
It is important that the development of personal mark-making can be nourished through observational drawing. Therefore, this course aims at developing and cultivating the purely technical drawing skills of students in the Illustration Department to allow them, among other things, to draw without a model.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0227 | Open
From Drawing to Concept aims at developing abstract thinking skills required to produce images that convey meaning. In order to help students develop a complete and natural approach to drawing, this course offers an intensive practice of fast and spontaneous drawing through different experimental techniques (storyboard, drawing, digital drawing, composition, timing, sequencing). Students learn to react quickly, pragmatically and intuitively to the research of ideas and concepts.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0228 | Open
Illustration does not just deal with flat surfaces and prints, but also with elements of 3D or installation. In this class, students will be confronted with problematics of space and material to develop a language for animation (stop motion) or for illustration in volume.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0312 | Open
Narrative is the key to working in, and understanding, the Graphic Novel and Comics. Building on the work done in Sophomore level explorations of drawing and painting, the principles of visual narrative are explored in this class. Assignments are designed to develop students conceptual abilities to tell stories through images. The course will discuss the universality of the narrative process be it the graphic novel, the bandes dessinées, or manga. Image and story structure will be juxtaposed with an explanation and exploration of materials and techniques.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0334 | Open
Pre-requisite: Illustration worlds + Sophomore Illustration Concepts
To help them confront narrative, conceptual and semantic problems, the purpose of this course is to combine students’ discoveries and technical improvement with the development of strong and relevant personal graphic styles.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0338 | Open
Animation has, increasingly, become a natural extension of illustrators’ work. This course introduces students to the field of narrative animation using 2D digital animation tools. The skills taught in this course will allow students to produce animated shorts, opening/closing credits, animated web series and other time-based media. The animated film is presented in its historical context and analyzed in its experimental components with reference to film history and the film industry. The course presents the production process, various animation techniques and the literary and graphic aspects of scenario research.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0400 | Open
Pre-requisite: Not open to students from other departments
The senior year thesis class will deepen the conceptual problem solving abilities of the student. Through a review and analysis of this discipline, the student will decide on a thesis Illustration central theme. The thesis project will begin around mid-term during the first semester and continue until the end of the school year. Continuing into the second semester, this thesis project will involve the writing of a thesis paper to accompany a cohesive body of artwork whose focus is this central theme. The project will be supervised by professors to maintain focus and enable one to one interaction.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FILL 0402 | Open
Pre-requisite: Not open to students from other departments
Senior studio will guide each student in questioning, defining and concretizing every aspect of his or her professional practice, whether creative, conceptual, technical or commercial. The aim of this course is to prepare the student to the professional activity of an entrepreneurial author-producer and its working environment.
Contact Hours: 45

Interior Design

4.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0202 | Open
These first project courses (P.F. 1&2) aim at providing students with the cultural and technical tools needed to understand inhabited spaces. Exemplary projects drawn from housing, workplace, leisure and retail environments are investigated. Space elements are analyzed on published architectural projects and within real locations: urban context, masses, negative and positive spaces, lighting, furniture functions. The ability to generate design solutions, select images, color and finishes are emphasized. Building codes and barrier-free design compliance are also be studied.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0204 | Open
The course aims at introducing students to the world of materials sensorial qualities, requirements, and performances. Students explore the relationships between colors, light and four specific materials (glass, wood, metal and plastics) from a sensorial point of view. Through a theoretical and practical approach of materials and tool technologies, students discover possibilities and ways to apply, combine and assemble materials within interior environments. The course will also encourage critical thinking with regard to an understanding and application of the life cycle analysis, as well as introducing organizations dedicated to sustainability and the rating systems they use. Visits to materials workshops and suppliers showrooms will complement this course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0207 | Open
These courses (P.C. 1&2) are meant to provide students with the necessary practical skills to describe and represent space. The first semester is dedicated to 2D technical drawing (dimensions, scale, plan, section, elevation views, and axonometric projections) by hand as well as in AutoCAD and the illustration of interior design proposals in Illustrator and Photoshop. In the second semester, students learn the systematic use of perspective sketches and are introduced to digital techniques.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0207 | Open
These courses (P.C. 1&2) are meant to provide students with the necessary practical skills to describe and represent space. The first semester is dedicated to 2D technical drawing (dimensions, scale, plan, section, elevation views, and axonometric projections) by hand as well as in AutoCAD and the illustration of interior design proposals in Illustrator and Photoshop. In the second semester, students learn the systematic use of perspective sketches and are introduced to digital techniques.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0300 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: MAIN DSN 204
Instructor: Deirdre Phillips
Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
In Project 1, students will focus on the design of permanent retail and commercial spaces, including restaurants, banks, boutiques, specialty shops and department stores. The differences in the treatment of tangible products retailing and intangible services offering will be emphasized through the exploration of content communication and the differential features that outline the character of a brand in a specific space. Design research methods and programming of client requirements are introduced, as well as techniques of diagramming space to provide proper circulation and activity relationships.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0303 | Open
The course aims at helping students to become aware that light is, first of all, a material, a tool to shape spaces, and thus to be handled and processed as such. Space lighting will be approached from the creative point of view – without being limited to technological aspects. Students will understand the physiological and psychological aspects of lighting in interior design and will learn to define lighting project intentions in different types of spaces. (i.e. An apparel store, an art exhibition space, or a restaurant.)
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0304 | Open
In this class, students perfect resources for the visualization and the communication of interior design projects, both orally and visually. Students develop and explore new concepts, methods and ideas to visually illustrate and present the various phases of the design process: concept boards, fast scale models, graphics and materials samples.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0305 | Open
This business course provides students with notions of professional budget and feasibility of an idea: the estimation of time-frames of each part within the whole project, measurements, budget comparisons, contract and construction costs. It will also deal with construction team management, professional ethics and international interior design and architecture regulations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0400 | Open
In this course, students will learn to deliver projects according to professional current conditions: they will team up with 2 or 3 people and will be expected to follow the time schedule of a professional project development. In every group, each student will be assigned a specific task: space diagramming and volume design, furniture design and merchandising, communication design (graphics, sound, signage, bagging). Together, they will present the project from concept to final presentation, including planning, costs and construction team composition, and will be evaluated by a pool of teachers of such courses as: Installation & Comfort, Furniture Design & Visual Merchandising or Window Display Project.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 0401 | Open
In this studio-based course, students will work on real store windows with external school partners. They will go through the whole window display project development from the concept to the idea presentation. Materials selection and installation management will be part of the project. A selection of the best projects will be presented to a pool of professional partners to be evaluated.
Contact Hours: 45

Language

2.0 Credits
French Language | Course #: FLIB 1001 | Open
This course is a beginner-level French conversation course open to students with no previous exposure to instruction in French. Class will meet twice a week for 1 hour. Emphasis will be placed on phonetics (rhythm, intonation, liaisons, silent letters & some specific French sounds), as well as everyday life vocabulary and exchanges. Different themes will be covered over the semester: life in Paris, French and Francophone cuisine as well as music. Students will be able to engage in short conversations and to describe themselves and their environment, their friends and family members, as well as their studies, hobbies and artistic practice. Visits and meetings with French students will be organized. Students will be evaluated during 5 oral presentations.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
French Language | Course #: FLIB 1002 | Open
Pre-requisite: French 1 or equivalent. Exceptionally, students who are fluent in a roman language and students who are enrolled in French 1 (with approval from both professors) could also take the course.
This course is open to anyone who has some basic knowledge of French and would like to improve their listening & speaking skills. Class will meet twice a week for 1 hour. The main objective for the course is for students to be able to communicate orally in French in everyday life situations, as well as in professional settings. Using a variety of materials (movies, music, dialogues, radio & TV), students will learn how to tell a story, make a brief description of their work and practice, talk about a personal experience or a project, and give their opinion. 5 themes will be covered over the semester: intermediate everyday life vocabulary, French and Francophone cuisine, cinema, architecture and professional life in Paris. Visits and meetings with French students and professionals will be organized. Students will be evaluated during 5 oral presentations.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Studies

3.0 Credits
Liberal Studies | Course #: FLIB 1011 | Open
This year-long course is designed to improve critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students learn to understand the inherent argument and logic of a text, to think more systematically and critically, and to write more effectively by developing skills in the structure, grammar, and mechanics of writing. Students also work toward the more focused goal of situating design and art practices within larger intellectual, historical and philosophical frameworks by exploring the indissoluble connection between ideas and the products of human culture. This is achieved by introducing students to texts representing and describing various methodologies applicable to art and design, which can then be used to critique and analyze visual and material artifacts.
Contact Hours: 45

Photography

3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0218 | Open
The medium of photography is largely defined by its history of black and white pictures. The course will cover camera operation, principles of exposure and photographic composition concepts. The goal of this class is to provide a solid foundation of photographic black and white photography skills and techniques. It provides an overview of classic black and white photography while discussing camera techniques that apply to both traditional film and digital cameras. Students will learn how to effectively use their cameras in manual mode and make good quality negatives. The class includes camera and exposure meter instruction, technical lectures, effective scanning methods and instruction on film/digital crossover techniques.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0230 | Open
This seminar addresses both technique and critique. Throughout the semester students will work in the studio and field, recreating the conditions of the working photographer. Technique is at the service of ideas. The development of a personal project will also be required. Students will continue to develop a strong body of work informed by critical readings and discussions. An essential aspect of the seminar is the deepening of visual sensibilities and the discovery of new ways of seeing. Students will work on multiple projects throughout the semester and produce and present a cohesive body of work at the end of the term.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0232 | Open
Pre-requisite: Black & White Photography or Introduction to Digital Photography or equivalent.
This is the first part of a yearlong course of learning and mastering the fundamental techniques of studio lighting. The students become familiar with how to create traditional, practical lighting scenarios in a studio environment. Electronic flashes and tungsten lights will be used to achieve control of color, contrast and reflection. Lighting techniques are demonstrated and applied in class to various assignments of tabletop still lifes and portraiture. Emphasis is placed on understanding light and of mastering the technical aspects of the lighting equipment. Assignments will be theme based: headshots, full portraits, and several still lifes.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0257 | Open
Pre-requisite: Black & White Photography, Introduction to Digital Photography, Digital Skills & Composition or equivalent.
This year-long course introduces students to the creative and technical possibilities of digital photography. Through demonstrations and hands-on sessions, students learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop to produce effective digital photographs. Students are taken through all the basic processes encountered in digital workflow, from basic scanning and retouching, image enhancement, and printing fundamentals, to RAW file processing and photographic post-production methods.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0300 | Open
This is a yearlong course building on the Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, serving as a critical and technical exploration of the language and theory of photography. Students will further develop their individual photographic statements while placing their work within conceptual and historical contexts. This semester, we will be placing a particular emphasis on working with medium and large format cameras. Artists working in other mediums, such as video, sculpture, painting and installation, will be examined as well. Students will work on two shorter assignments and one longer term, self-designed project throughout the first semester, culminating in a body of work that will be presented at the end-of-the-term show.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0326 | Open
This course will look at both the business and practical side of the photographic industry and the importance of understanding and working to a client brief. Students will shoot an advertising campaign for a chosen brand in the studio and on location. All work will be produced in the context of the final printed formats with typography. A call sheet & invoice will be produced for each shoot. We will look at legal agreements, contracts, model releases, copyright and reproduction rights, rights of the client, photographer and third parties. On the fine art side: We will look at dealing with galleries, physical and online, submissions, commissions, promotion, paperwork, framing and private views. Remember You are your own brand as David Ogilvy said if you can’t sell yourself, what hope have you of selling anything else?
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0333 | Open
This creative advanced lighting course will built on Lighting Seminar I and II and introduce students to a broad range of advanced lighting situations. Students will also learn how to analyze light in contemporary photography (Phillip Llorca di Corcia, Roger Ballen, Gregory Crewdson, Jeff Wall) and in various other mediums such as cinema (David Lynch, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Igmar Bergman, Wim Wenders, etc), cinetic art, amongst others. The students will then use these influences for their various assignments. They will learn how to be creative in using the techniques they have acquired in Lighting Techniques I and II. Through hands-on practice and creative assignments, students will become comfortable with the use of all commonly used professional lighting equipment and accessories. The students will be able to choose from a series of assignments or to create their own.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0400 | Open
This year-long seminar continues to build on the previous Junior Seminar. Part one of this course is dedicated to help the student identify a subject that will be developed into a senior thesis project, while continuing to challenge the students' critical and technical exploration of the medium. Part two of the seminar is dedicated to producing a body of photographic work, a written thesis component contextualizing the images, and culminates in a gallery exhibit. The final thesis project/exhibition will be reviewed and evaluated by a jury consisting of faculty members and guest critics from the Parisian photographic community.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0402 | Open
This year-long Senior Thesis and Portfolio class focuses on student’s research skills, and to improve each student’s capacity to express the relationship between their visual and text-based research and their studio practice. In the construction of a clear Senior Thesis paper, each student should organize and streamline her research while reflecting on the evolution of her studio work. The Senior Thesis paper should allow each student to contextualize her work in relation to a larger art historical, theoretical or material-based narrative. The Senior Thesis paper may also embody a more creative approach, forming a story or a play that directly relates to the student’s studio practice. This class also will look at an artist’s professional identity with emphasis given to the presentation of a final portfolio. Areas covered will include: Portfolio content and flow, presentation ideas and practical solutions, self-branding, biography, artist statements, business cards and portfolio leave behind cards.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0405 | Open
This course focuses on the individual promotional needs of each student as they prepare to enter professional life. Part one of this course will be dedicated to editing existing work and building a basic website and stationery package that highlight the students best work.
Contact Hours: 45

Internship Opportunities
Visiting semester students at PCA have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of short non-credit internship activities. This includes assisting at gallery events, fashion week, and working with individual artists in the city. Students return home with a unique and diverse resume of hands-on experience. Further details are provided to students upon arrival.

Course Concentrations & Portfolio Requirements
PCA offers the following concentrations. Students should be able to demonstrate some prior experience in their chosen concentration.

Studio Concentrations – portfolio required at application: 10-20 images, submitted via dropbox/web link

  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Photography

Other Concentrations – portfolio required at application (see detail)

  • Liberal Studies – portfolio: writing sample. This may be an assignment completed for a current or previous class; something that the student feels is a representative example of her/his current style and ability.
  • Design Management – portfolio: design analysis essay. 1 page essay analyzing a well-designed everyday object, product, building, publication, advertisement or software; include visual reference.

Courses & Schedule
PCA courses run Monday – Friday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses, but prerequisites must be demonstrated through students’ transcripts.

Course Registration
Students choose their elective courses after they have been accepted into the program. As soon as the PCA semester schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a Course Approval form, which is used to specify first-choice and alternate-choice courses. Students are free to enroll in any available courses, but most should be within their determined concentration. All posted schedules of classes are tentative and subject to change unless otherwise noted. After registration is complete, any schedule changes must be made during the add/drop period at PCA, which is typically the first week of classes.


Pre-Departure Calendar
April 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted until April 15 as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
June 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
July 24 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
August 24 2017
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 8:00am and 12:00 noon, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
August 25 2017
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Paris office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
August 28 – 31 2017
PCA Academic Orientation
September 4 2017
PCA Classes Begin
November 1 2017
Holiday (no class)
December 15 2017
Final Exams End
December 16 2017
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$21,200
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$3,075
Optional Premium Services Supplement
Provides the following additional services in SAI housing: weekly cleaning, weekly laundry, bi-weekly linen change.
$1,000
Optional Visa Processing Fee
Available for some jurisdictions.
$150
French Social Security enrollment (mandatory)
Paid to PCA upon arrival.
Euro 230
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Please note: students from some affiliate universities have different payment arrangements that may require students to pay different deposits to SAI and some fees directly to the affiliate university instead of SAI. Please contact your study abroad office or the SAI business department for further details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Paris
$900 $1,200
Visa
Visa fees, paid to French Consulate.
$200 $200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
Course fees are sometimes imposed to cover field trips.
$100 $450
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Paris
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city through a walking tour of the many Parisian sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.

River Seine Boat Tour
Students take a boat tour on the Seine river catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Paris’s other famous sights. Following the tour the group takes a stroll along the Champs Elysées and coffee break.

Visit Musée Carnavalet & Walk Through the Marais
Students visit the Musée Carnavelet, a museum devoted to the history of Paris, followed by a stroll through the Marais: the Jewish district of Paris.

Weekend Trip to Bèziers
A former Roman colony dating back to 36 B.C., Bèziers, located in the southern Languedoc region, is known for its wine and bullfighting. Students spend the weekend exploring this ancient town, and catch a glimpse of the nearby Mediterranean Sea.

Night at the Theater
Students have the opportunity to see the Ballet Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, at the historical Palais Garnier.

Day Trip to Reims in the Champagne Region
Students travel as a group by private shuttle to the city of Reims where they visit the numerous Maisons de Champagne in the region along the Route Touristique de Champagne. Students have the chance to taste and purchase Champagne directly from the producer. The trip includes lunch in a local French restaurant.

End of Semester Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful semester abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious French meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Students living in apartments may opt to add Premium Services for a cost, which includes weekly cleaning and laundry services, and bi-weekly linen change.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details. Students with independent housing are required to fill out SAI’s Independent Accommodation Information form.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from France.

Student Visas
In accordance with French law students studying in France for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with French/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the French Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

Please note that SAI is able to process visa applications (no trip to the Consulate required!) for students who live or attend school in some jurisdictions.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.