Paris College of Art
Summer 4 weeks I 2022
6 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 6 credits.

Application: now open
Closes: April 15, 2022
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

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


  • Select from a range of courses in Fine Arts, Design, and Liberal Arts.
  • Popular courses include: “Paris Through its Museums” and “Photography in Paris.”

Program Dates
June 24, 2022 – July 23, 2022

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

3.0 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

3.0 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: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: SUM TBA17 | Open
Pre-requisite: Curiosity about the fashion industry and the details that go into garment construction. Prior sewing abilities are not required and sewing basics will be covered early in the course.
Find unconventional fashion inspiration in the fabric of the city of Paris & create a final look based on volume research.

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 Nakamichi’s 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.

The fabric markets of Montmartre (such as Marché Saint Pierre, Sacrés Coupons), Sacré-Cœur, Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (one of the world’s largest antique markets), Foundation Azzedine Alaïa, Foundation Louis Vuitton
Contact Hours: 45

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR TBA1 | Closed
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: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA13 | Open
Pre-requisite: Prerequisites: Participants must bring their laptop and have some working knowledge in and have software, such as Adobe Illustrator, or similar software that can make vectors.
Learn about typography in a dynamic way, through a guided tour within the streets of Paris. What you’ll learn: People from different backgrounds travel to Paris for different reasons; as a tourist, for work maybe as a migrant. The position where you come from informs how you read the streets and their signs. During this course, you will examine the city from different perspectives. Who is led toward which corners, buildings, parks, houses and why. We will explore ways in which this influence is translated into typographic guidelines. For two weeks, we will dive into the directivity of Type in public spaces.

Where you’ll visit: You will examine affective typographies in the city of Paris by mapping routes and examining their typefaces. After looking for routes, you will learn where you want to go, but are not led towards. What letter shapes will affect you and persuade you into following their commands? Which typefaces seduce you, where do they lead you and where do they lead you away? Where do you want to be guided towards instead?

Course highlight: A guided tour with instructions using road signs, a written tour description, and you will create your own printed brochure set in your own letter shapes. This course can be approached as both an individual and/or as group work.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA15 | Open
Pre-requisite: A love of opulence and craftsmanship, no pre-requisites in terms of knowledge or skills
Through demonstrations, workshops and studio sessions, this course offers basic knowledge of jewelry making techniques. We will explore jewelry making and learn how to handcraft beautiful pieces using base metals, silver, and experience Paris as an extension of the classroom.

With visits to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and its jewelry galleries, we will meet influencers of the Parisian and French jewelry world. We will also visit the famous Place Vendome, home to many iconic jewelry houses, such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier and more.
Contact Hours: 45

Interior Design

3.0 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
3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: SUM TBA14 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some working knowledge of the vocabulary used within interior design, a strong sense of perspective, measurement, style, and spatial awareness are best to bring along in your luggage.
Through a series of playful exercises, discover interior design and Paris together.

What you will learn: You will explore interior design within the immense art and design scene of Paris. You will explore the fundamentals of interior design through a hands-on approach including drawing, model making, “look and feel” collages, mood board making and more.

Where you will visit: Through a series of playful exercises, often starting with iconic visits to important design icons and exemplary destinations in Paris, you will discover interior design and Paris together. Whether you are considering more advanced studies in interior design but beforehand or you would like to experience a just a taste of it, studying this course in Paris is the answer.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Studies

3.0 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: 45
3.0 Credits
Liberal Studies | Course #: SUM TBA16 | Open
Pre-requisite: Participants should be openminded, flexible and bring a minimum of sketchbook/journal, paper, pen, glue, or tape. Other favorite art supplies will be useful and welcome, such as string, pencils, crayons/colored pencils, small paint set, cardboard folder, or tube for rolling up paper.
Learn to access your inner creative guide, developing your creative sensibility and inspiration.

Drawing from life, movement, perspective, architecture, land art, collage, writing as exploration, and several other two-and three-dimensional techniques, you will learn and develop skills to open creative sensibility and inspirational valves. Using the world around you to create, not just physically but through translating observation and being inspired, fluidity and self-respect in creative terms will also unfold.

Exploring life outside the studio, you will visit Bois de Vincennes as well as galleries in la Marais, Palais de Tokyo, Jardin des Plantes, Parc de Sceaux and the abandoned railroad, La Petite Ceinture, Pere La Chaise Cemetary, La Foret Meudon. You will explore varying arrondissements, forests, and nearby suburbs with a minimum amount of supplies on our backs (ie., paper, tape, cutter, colors, ink, graphite). The world is our studio.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 2017 | Closed
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
3.0 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 2022
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 2022
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 26 2022
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 25 2022
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.
April 25 2022
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
June 24 2022
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 25 2022
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 27 2022
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 8 2022
Session A Classes End
July 11 2022
Session B Classes Begin
July 22 2022
Session B Classes End
July 23 2022
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.
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private room. Includes daily breakfast and 3 or 5 dinners/week.
3 dinners: $500
5 dinners: $650
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.