Paris College of Art
Summer 4 weeks I 2021
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 COVID-19 quarantine requirements in France, this program will not run in 2021. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss your options.

Program Dates
June 26, 2021 – July 24, 2021

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 0422 | 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 TBA11 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course level: Open to pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students.
Explore the A-to-Zs of what goes into garment construction and development; introduction to sewing and finishing techniques in order to create a foundation of understanding of technical side of fashion; building an understanding of vocabulary synonymous with the garment industry; elaborated draping techniques (from the fluid aspect of draping to technical methods such as Tomoko Nakamichis pattern magic) as well as the translation to patterns; translation between 2D ideas to 3D volumes to appropriate textiles manipulations and fabric to create a final look.
Contact Hours: 30

Fine Arts

2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR TBA1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course level: Open to All and Pre-college. Some art experience, as intensive drawing and critical thinking is required.
This course develops the practice of contemporary illustration through demonstrations, workshops, field trips and studio sessions. The course will draw upon the rich French tradition of illustration through museum visits, visiting lectures by professional illustrators, agents and art directors as well as hands-on assignments which will create rich opportunities to develop a discerning eye to contextualize information into a strong visual. This course will also think discerningly about the future of illustration and how it can be adapted for the digital age.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR TBA10 | 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 TBA11 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to Level: Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
Onsite students will sketch, draw, photograph and write, following guidelines and multiple protocols. Life inside and outside the cafe will inspire students, as well as information and lectures about the historical and sociological aspects. Studio work will explore both conceptual methods and skills, developing each students own vision and style(s).
Contact Hours: 45
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 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
Liberal Studies | Course #: SUM TBA10 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course level: Open to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students.
Explore what makes an engaging story; identify structure and learn how to apply it effectively in your script; develop and write complex characters; draft a synopsis, outline and script in industry format; gain confidence in the expression of your ideas; improve your constrictive feedback and critique skills; strengthen your craft and understand your own writing process.
Contact Hours: 30
2.0 Credits
Liberal Studies | Course #: SUM TBA12 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course level: Open to pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students.
This unique and dynamic French course uses arts-focused lessons and visits to cultural sites around Paris to immerse beginner to intermediate level students in French language and culture. Each day will include an in-class lesson teaching foundational French grammar and vocabulary skills through an innovative artistic lens, as well as a guided visit in French to a Parisian museum. The French language content will be tailored to interest artists and art appreciators, with activities such as learning clothing vocab through the work of Coco Chanel, everyday descriptive vocab by analyzing the paintings of French Impressionists, using different verb tenses to describe what has happened or will happen in the photographs of Robert Doisneau, etc.
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.
Through a series of workshops held around Paris, you will be introduced to hands-on experience in street style fashion portraiture. Students of this course will develop refined camera craft skills in lighting, composition, retouching and building a portfolio.
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.

Pre-Departure Calendar
April 15 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
March 15 2021
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.
April 12 2021
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 deposit payment date.
April 27 2021
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 12 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
June 26 2021
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 27 2021
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 28 2021
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 09 2021
Session A Classes End
July 12 2021
Session B Classes Begin
July 23 2021
Session B Classes End
July 24 2021
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 $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
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 360° 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
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 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 all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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.

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.