Paris College of Art
Summer 4 weeks I 2020
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, one from “Session A” and one from “Session B,” for a total of 4 credits.

Application: closed

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

NOTE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, SAI has cancelled all Summer 2020 in-person programs. Please consider SAI’s Virtual Summer 2020 programs.

Program Dates
June 25, 2020 – July 25, 2020

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
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
This course is designed to introduce you 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.

You will learn to read with your 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 2009 | Open
Pre-requisite: Basic sewing machine techniques. Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
This course provides students with hands-on skill building involving the different steps of a couture project: pattern drafting, sewing, tailoring and embellishment. You will have the opportunity to design and produce a unique garment, and learn all the major stepping stones in the process of making a skirt: draft the pattern and produce a toile (trial) version, select the fabric and embellishments for the final garment (embroidery, felting, foiling, or other surface treatments), and tailor the fitted garment. This course is recommended for students who want to improve their technical
skills in garment making and textile craftsmanship and is designed as a series of intensive workshops in the different fields.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: SUM TBA7 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Understand the creative fashion process; conduct fashion research and documentation using Paris as inspiration; know the importance of personal inspiration sources; express individual direction; retain information regarding a variety of techniques to create a fashion collection.
Contact Hours: 30

Fine Arts

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 #: SUM TBA4 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Dissect Paris through the lens of drawing; visually represent your relationship with the city through personal narrative; improve core drawing technique and get out of your comfort zone through experiential activities and unique challenges such as time constraints, large-scale drawings, new media, and immersive settings; how to use social and new media to share and promote your creative practice
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA5 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Composition skills for eye-catching and balanced photography; how to design an image suitable for both the graphic nature of block printing and the delicate linear nature of etching; how to play with monotype; techniques and good studio practice in the print workshop
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA6 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
How images can be used to communicate, through sequencing and editing, in a book form; visual/image literacy and semiotics; editing images to effectively communicate a personal concept or emotion; hand-stitching and binding techniques; how to create layouts in InDesign and processing images in Photoshop; understanding contemporary practices in photobook making.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA8 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Explore Paris through the eyes of a flâneur, a distinctly Parisian archetype of urban wanderer and observer; hone figure drawing skills through sessions with live models and drawing trips (flâneries) to different locations around Paris; develop a keen eye for observing and recording gestures, body language, fragments of conversation, and relationships between figures and their surroundings; turn your observations of Parisian life and characters into narrative form as a comic strip or graphic short story.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA9 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Develop a solid base in various printmaking techniques, such as lithography, monoprint, linocut, woodcut, mezzotint and dry point; explore, question, and deconstruct gender norms through class discussions and museum visits; binding and bookmaking techniques.
Contact Hours: 30

Interior Design

2.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 2000 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Learn how to strengthen your ability to sketch and quickly record information; learn what makes the identity of famous Parisian buildings through sketches and photos; develop your cultural understanding and knowledge of the history of Parisian architecture; provide inspiration for future designers projects; improve your capacity to see and feel.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Studies

2.0 Credits
Liberal Studies | Course #: FLIB TBA | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
This course aims at reading the city of Paris through the lens of fashion culture and exploring the key elements that gave the city its status in the industry. Through lectures, site visits (boutiques, department stores, streets…), museum visits, guest talks and practical workshops this course will immerse the student in the staples that are synonymous with Parisian fashion.

You will learn about the key moments in modern French fashion, as well as retail space & the boutique, perfume culture, the codes of a fashion house, Haute Couture and representation in the media among other things. The main practical focus of the course is based on visual story telling and narrative construction where you will develop a subjective and personal voice on Paris by creating and curating a blog, Instagram page, art boards, and an optical printed zine.
Contact Hours: 30


2.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 2017 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must bring their own DSLR camera and laptop. 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 2021 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students are encouraged to bring their own DSLR camera and laptop. 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 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 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.

Please note that the deadlines below have been adjusted to reflect our revised Summer 2020 policies.

Pre-Departure Calendar
May 1 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
April 25 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
May 11 2020
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 11 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
June 25 2020
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 26 2020
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 29 2020
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 10 2020
Session A Classes End
July 13 2020
Session B Classes Begin
July 24 2020
Session B Classes End
July 25 2020
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 – $550
5 dinners – $695
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • 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 and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. 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 90 days or less 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 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.