Paris College of Art
Summer 4 weeks I 2018
4 credits

PCA’s 4 week summer program offers students an intensive environment to deepen their understanding and sharpen their skills in art and design. Courses expose students to Paris in a unique way, by combining classroom time with excursions to various sites around the city. Students enroll in two back-to-back 2 week classes for a total of 4 credits.

Application Deadline
April 5, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

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


  • Students select from a range of courses in Fine Arts, Design, and Liberal Arts.
  • Popular courses include: “The Fashion Sketchbook” and “Photography in Paris.”

Program Dates
June 21, 2018 – July 21, 2018

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
Fashion Design
Fine Arts
Interior Design
Liberal Studies

Art History

2.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: FHCA 2004 | Open
This course is designed to introduce the student to the artistic and historical tradition of cosmopolitan Paris. During the course the rich cultural and historical heritage of Paris, as it has come down to us from the Middle Ages to the present day, will be explored through a dynamic program of venturing into the city to learn about its cultural resources. Social, political and economic changes have been paralleled by scientific, philosophical and artistic developments. For centuries there has been a passion for change and renewal, most clearly of all in the visual arts.

Students will learn to read with their eyes and experience works of art in person, analyzing various complex artworks; visiting historic sites, monuments and museums; and considering the city's remarkable urban development and contributions to architecture and design. The focus will be on several historically organized sections: the development of Romanesque and Gothic art in France; the royal and imperial patrimony of the 17th to the 19th centuries; the achievements of the Parisian avant-gardes from the end of the 19th century until the Second World War; and, finally, postmodern Paris. Classroom discussions will alternate with visits to artistic and historical sites in and around the city.

Contact Hours: 45

Fashion Design

2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 2005 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Inspired by the beauty, art and fashion of Paris, you will explore the process of designing and producing a fashion collection from concepts and sketches through production and marketing. You will have a hands-on look at elements of style, textiles, and trends in fashion from vintage to couture with visits to Palais Galliera City of Paris Fashion Museum, Galerie de Valois, Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris Flea Market, vintage shops, and attend the Galerie Lafeyette Fashion Show as well as private tours of a designer’s atelier and the backroom of Chanel Champs Elysee. Class projects include fashion sketching, mood boards, critique, keeping a fashion sketchbook and designing and creating a high fashion inspired garment from manipulating used materials. No sewing experience necessary.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 2014 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
The Art of Draping is an integral technique used in the creation of a garment. In this current climate of fast-fashion and computer generated production, it is important for a designer to understand the relationship between the fabric and the volume created when manipulated on a dress form.

In this intensive hands-on course you will have the opportunity to explore the art of draping, the history, roots and techniques of Couture fashion, both inside ateliers and out onto the streets of Paris.

The course will focus on the rules and techniques of draping, from Madame Grès to Madeleine Vionnet and newer methods from the Japanese to subtraction draping.

Throughout the class, we will visit museum exhibits, the fabric districts, a designer’s atelier, a wholesale showroom, attend a runway show, and take a retail tour of luxury boutiques as well as concept stores. You will feed your creative vision and further your technical expertise, which will materialize in the creation of your own garment, presented at the end of course exhibition.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 2015 | Open
This class will explore the Childrenswear Market, both in Europe and Internationally, through research and design development. You will gain an understanding or size ranges, developmental stages of children, gender, safety and laws and the importance of a well-merchandised line, through lectures, guest speakers and a trip to a Childrenswear Trade Show.

Using digital software, you will present your research and develop your design ideas into a cohesive and age-appropriate collection, which we will discuss in class during group critiques. You will be expected to complete some research and assignments outside of class, as well as design the development of a Childrenswear collection.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FFAS 2016 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
From stern old-fashioned corsetiéres to tiny boudoirs, every quartier of Paris has at least one lingerie boutique. French lingerie brands maintain a long tradition of silk and lace making.

In this course, we will study the history of lingerie including luxury design brands like Aubade, founded in 1875 as a girdle and corset maker, Herminie Cadolle credited with inventing the bra in 1889, liberating women from the corset using natural silks and French lace, and Chantal Thomass, one of the pioneers of underwear as fashion.

We will visit the boutiques of these brands along with Paris museums, and design ateliers of contemporary designers using lingerie as their fashion statement. Your class projects will include researching the history of lingerie, silk and French laces, sketching, mood boards, critique, and final illustrations. Along with designing a small lingerie collection linked to a leading French brand, you will create a lingerie design from manipulating used materials found at thrift shops around Paris.

No former design experience necessary.
Contact Hours: 45

Fine Arts

2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2015 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
While working with the many processes of Printmaking, we will engage with the "printed image" while considering the primitive aspects of the techniques involved in the production of a print. We will explore contemporary context through demonstrations, readings, slide presentations, and museum visits.

Paris provides an incredible foreground for you to develop unique inward perspectives about yourself and your everyday surroundings. Site-specific visual research is collected, organized, and cataloged, as you consider your own personal history and your relationship with the city of Paris. You will construct a new visual vocabulary as well as a library of images, valuable tools needed for the creation of future work and research.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2016A | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Level: Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Have you ever wondered how artists such as Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir created paintings of the streets, squares and parks of Paris? This two-week course is an introduction to plein-air painting, or painting out-of-doors. The city of Paris will serve as inspiration, classroom, and palette for an intensive study of the materials and techniques of plein-air painting. In addition, you will acquire a basic knowledge of 19th and 20th century painting in France.

Working primarily in water-based media including watercolor and acrylic, you will be introduced to the basics of paint application, composition and color. The course will focus on the palettes and techniques of impressionist and modern painters for you to gain an understanding of how to paint light and space, figures and landscapes.

We will visit sites where the impressionists worked, including the parks, canals, train stations and passageways of Paris. We will study impressionist paintings on view at the Musée d’Orsay, Marmottan-Monet Museum, Petit Palais and the Musée de l’Orangerie. This course will also include a field trip outside of Paris to Monet’s house and garden in Giverny.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2021 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
In this course we will focus on the human body as a subject, the expressive means of drawing is considered to be both the body we see the model and the body that draws: the artist. Students will build their skills through traditional and non-traditional assignments which help them orient their observation and structure their work, as well as discover the expressive means which a variety of mediums will encourage. You will participate in studio sessions with live models, sketching excursions in Paris, and may have the opportunity to work in a major museum. Slide lectures provide a look at the vast history of the representation of the human form and will cover man's earliest recorded visual expression to the recent return of contemporary figurative painting. Both male and female models be used for most studio sessions.

Seeing how the human form was expressed at various periods will add both an art historical dimension to the course and provide a rich formal playing field from which to work. At Musée d'Orsay both Modernist and Academic works will be studied. 'Working from' graphic works as opposed to 'copying' will be emphasized as a general principle.

Outside, the beautiful parks and rich urban environment will provide alternate subject matter as well as a change in artistic atmosphere from the studio. This is also a great chance to apply skills to drawing from people in public as well as figurative sculpture using dry and wet mediums including, ink wash and watercolor.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2022 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals
The keen eye of French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro saw and interpreted what he called the "beautiful things in humble places". Few cities offer more stimulating motifs than the city of Paris. In this course we will explore the crannies and corners, the vistas and the landmarks, the buoyant spectacle of the streets and the tranquil, sylvan magnificence of the parks, all in order to lure their beauty into works of art.

This carefully designed program is an adventure into the unique nature, typography and character of Paris and a means to gain intimacy with its infinite beauty.

With paper, pencil, watercolor and gouache, the city slows into a carefully observed, highly charged aesthetic opportunity for the hard working inquisitive art student ready to fall in love with the City of Lights.
Contact Hours: 45

Interior Design

2.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 2000 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
In this course you will explore historic and contemporary architecture and interior design in Paris and the Ile de France. During visits to sites such as the Chateau de Versailles, the Opera Garnier, to Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, and contemporary sites such as Frank Gehry’™s new Fondation Louis Vuitton or flagship luxury stores, your instructor will provide the keys to critical reading and interpretation of these sites. You will visually research each location through drawing and photography resulting in a daybook that documents your investigations and that provide sources of inspiration for future architecture and interior design projects.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT TBA | Open
This technical course will serve as an introduction to the fundamental practical skills required to represent space when working on interior design or an architectural projects. Teaming in small groups, you will design a compact, convertible and modular habitation adapted to an unusual urban context, choosing a site within Paris among a list of suggested locations. Using CAD drafting and modelling programs, you will measure, draw and visualize ideas in space. Google SketchUp will allow you to build a dimensional model of a project, and develop plan, section, axonometrical or perspective views, as well as animations of a proposal.

Beyond these representations, you will be invited to explore geometrical issues, technical details and natural light variations within the virtual space of the program. In this course, Autocad will be explored in its 2 dimensional aspect, which will enable you to produce accurate technical drawings of the scheme. Hand drawing and sketching will also be encouraged.

The end result of the course will include three A3 format layouts per team, expressing graphically the proposal of each team. They will include the analysis of the site’s potential, along with references and inspirations, the main concept of the project, the plans and 3D views of the proposal.
Contact Hours: 30

Liberal Studies

2.0 Credits
Liberal Studies | Course #: FLIB 2205 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
How does your sense of self depend on where you are? In this summer course, we will use this question as a point of departure for our own experiments with creative autobiographical writing. We take autobiographical writing to mean creative writing of any genre that seeks to give an account of the self: by excavating memories, describing past experiences and visions of the future, and engaging in self-examination and self-reflection. We will take our cue from those writers and artists who, for centuries, have been drawn to Paris as a place to live and work. Through daily reading, writing, walking, and critiquing each other’s work, we will explore different forms of autobiographical writing that can express our own identities as writers and artists. We will walk and write every day to investigate how our sense of place intersects with our sense of self, and to create self-portraits in writing through the lens of the complex modern metropolis that is Paris.

At roughly the same time that André Breton traversed the streets of Paris in pursuit of his muse Nadja, asking "Who am I?", a young Ernest Hemingway was haunting the cafés of Paris, a city he would later memorably describe as "a moveable feast." We will follow in the footsteps of these and others, including Aragon (Paris Peasant) and Walter Benjamin (Arcades), to explore the highly personal ways that one can relate to a city in which one lives and creates. How is your understanding of your own creative identity subject to the environment in which you find yourself? How does your relationship to the place you are in, influence your sense of self? What does your self-portrait in Paris look like?

For two weeks, we will engage in an intense daily writing practice, in addition to critical, lively group discussions of readings, and collaborative peer critiques. Of course we will also walk the streets of Paris, not only following the paths of Aragon, Benjamin, and Breton, but also exploring the new boundaries of contemporary Paris, in order to create personal trajectories and private cityscapes that contribute to our understanding of who we are.
Contact Hours: 45


2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 0219 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: PCA Main Building
Instructor: Gabriel Jones
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
In this course, we will first create, by going out on the streets of Paris for shooting sessions (with a more or less guided approach depending on your previous photographic experience) before reviewing your series of unedited images for the rest of the class to provide feedback and inspiration. We will then go through the editing and printing process, taking into account space and materials constraints.

During the curatorial part of the course, you will experience the process of producing an exhibition by learning how to select images from the group's photographic production, building a cohesive body of work in response to the chosen concept.

The last few days of the course will be dedicated to creating the group show scenography, before hanging the work in Espace F15, PCA's gallery.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 2017 | Section: 1 | Open
Location: PCA Main Building
Instructor: Elli Ioannou
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
The combination of fashion and Paris is alluring unlike any other city during fashion week. Shooting at fashion shows is an exclusive media privilege. However street fashion photography, captured by master photographers such as Bill Cunningham and made famous by bloggers such as the Sartorialist, is a completely different approach and at times more in demand with publications than the traditional runway shots.

Through a series of workshops during Haute Couture Paris Fashion week you will be introduced to street style fashion portraiture whilst developing refined camera craft skills in lighting in composition. You will also produce a digital folio and self published book, all within the breathtaking backdrop of Paris.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 2018 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
This course will focus on pushing the boundaries of image-based work. The photograph has often been associated with ideas around documentation, recording, accuracy and truth-telling. This class will mine Paris’ rich art and photographic history and use this to inspire us to transform our perception of the city.

Together, we will explore the landscape of Paris, drawing upon the Surrealist history to examine the urban space through a different lens. How can the city, its history, peoples, architecture, and culture inspire us to create photographs that have more to do with our imagination than a direct representation of the surrounding landscape?

We will investigate ideas of the unconscious, abstraction, manipulation and transformation – all ideas that spring out from the ideas of surrealism and are being revisited with many artists working with photography today.

We will explore different technical and aesthetic approaches of image creation and transformation in the camera, in the darkroom and in the digital lab. With the camera, we will search out the strange in the everyday through looking at details and exploring abstraction across the city of Paris. In the darkroom, we will experiment with light and chemicals to create somewhat surprising transformations, and in the digital lab, we will use ideas around collage to create new relationships between subjects.

By the end of the two weeks, each student will have a portfolio of comprised of both digital and darkroom images.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 2021 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, Young Professionals.
This interdisciplinary course will provide an overview of the creation of a fashion editorial for a magazine. With a main focus on art direction, you will be introduced to all the steps and aspects involved in a fashion editorial photo-story, from initial research and mood board construction to styling, photography and magazine. The course will consist of individual and collective projects to address the necessary skills for the conception of a fashion photo-story such as story-telling, concept development and experimental styling.

The practice-based approach of the course will be inspired and supported by various lectures covering topics such as: fashion media, surveys of key fashion photographers, stylists and art directors, genres of fashion editorials, significance of the fashion magazine and its role in contemporary culture.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
SAI students are free to enroll in any available course, but prerequisites must be demonstrated through students’ transcripts. Students choose two back-to-back 2 week courses (one from session A and one from session B). Courses are intensive and meet five days per week Monday – Friday.

Course Registration
Students choose their courses after they have been accepted into the program. As soon as the PCA schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a Course Approval form, which is used to specify first-choice and alternate-choice courses. All posted schedules of classes are tentative and subject to change unless otherwise noted. SAI’s Paris Admissions Counselor will guide students through this process.

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 5 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 15 2018
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.
March 23 2018
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.
April 22 2018
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.
April 22 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 21 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 21 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
June 22 2018
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.
June 25 2018
PCA Academic Orientation & Session A Classes Begin
PCA orientation covers academic policies, and provides opportunities for students to meet one another. Following orientation, session A classes begin.
July 6 2018
Session A Classes End
July 9 2018
Session B Classes Begin
July 20 2018
Session B Classes End
July 21 2018
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.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private room. Includes daily breakfast and 3 or 5 dinners/week.
3 dinners – $300
5 dinners – $400
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Paris
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
Course fees are sometimes imposed to cover field trips.
$25 / course $75 / course
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
  • 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 Lunch & Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city with a delicious lunch and walking tour of the many Parisian sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.

Visit to l’Institut du Monde Arabe Museum
Students visit Paris’s renowned Arab culture museum. Through its exhibits, students learn about Arab art, language, science, history, religion & society.

Picnic & Visit to the Chateau de Sceaux
Students take a weekend day trip via train to the south of Paris to see the Sceaux castle and picnic on its beautiful manicured grounds.

Day Trip to Deauville
Students take a 2 hour train ride to the beautiful coastal city of Deauville. Founded in the 19th century by the Duke of Morny, Deauville was meant to be the “elegant kingdom” close to Paris, and is known for its architecture and beautiful beaches.

Farewell Evening Picnic
Students celebrate the end of a successful summer abroad and say their goodbyes over a typical French picnic along the Seine.

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.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
Students choosing the homestay option will be placed with a local family, which could be an older couple or a family with children. SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Wifi is included, as is access to laundry facilities. Students opting for this more immersive housing get breakfast included as well as the option of a certain number of dinners per week (cost varies).

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned return from France.

Student Visas
In accordance with French law U.S. students studying in France for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

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.