Paris College of Art
Summer 4 weeks I 2024
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: 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


  • 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 13, 2024 – July 13, 2024

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

Fashion Design
Fine Arts
Interior Design
Liberal Studies

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.
Create a garment from research and concept to 3D form; draping explorations; develop technical sewing and textile skills; explore and analyze appropriate textile surface treatments and embellishment techniques according to specific fabrics.
Contact Hours: 45

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2029 | 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
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2031 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course open to all.
In this course, you will: express and sketch basic plant anatomy in traditional form, Expand visual culture and have references of traditional and contemporary illustration and European landscaping, explore projects through printmaking techniques, observe and create exciting compositions while sketching in outside spaces, extrapolate and create an interesting composition from imagination.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAR 2101 | 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: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAS 2003 | Open
Pre-requisite: Level: Open to All and Pre-college.
Gain skill in Fashion Drawing inspired by Paris Art and Fashion Scene. You will learn the basics of fashion illustration, including the movement of the silhouette and the proportions of the "fashion body" exploring the diverse possibilities of various diverse media and techniques in fashion drawing; use of pastels, charcoal, watercolor, black ink, collage, and gouache; draw inspiration from the city of Paris, from masterpiece paintings to high-end street fashion; focus on your creativity, personality and imagination to create vibrant and contemporary fashion illustrations that represent your unique voice and your own style as an illustrator.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: FFAS 2019 | Closed
Pre-requisite: A love of opulence and craftsmanship, no pre-requisites in terms of knowledge or skills. Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
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
3.0 Credits
Fine Arts | Course #: SUM TBA18 | Cancelled
Pre-requisite: Course open to Level: College & Continuing Education, Open to All, and Pre-college.
Through the different traditional methods of ceramics, you will gain a comprehensive learning experience in ceramic arts. During this ten-day course you will learn to make a range of projects from figurines and espresso cups to pendants and buttons. You will also study the history of ceramics around Europe and Asia and draw inspiration from your research.
Contact Hours: 45

Interior Design

3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: FINT 2000 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some basic drawing skills and an interest in architecture encouraged. 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. Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
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 #: FFAR 2035 | 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. Course open to Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, & Young Professionals.
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
Liberal Studies | Course #: FILM 2000 | Open
Pre-requisite: This is a university level screenwriting course; writers of all levels are welcome, but students should expect a rigorous pace that is conducive to completion of a solid second draft of a short film screenplay by the end of the course. 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 TBA22 | Open
Pre-requisite: Level: Open to all
This course will employ an interdisciplinary approach to explore Paris as a literary hub, for both French and foreign writers, throughout history. Students will examine literary depictions of Paris through close readings and in-class discussions of key texts, as well as the relationship between literature and other artistic media, such as film, photography, and fine arts. The course will give a particular focus to the 20th century: the rise of modernism and postmodernism as literary movements; the vibrant interplay between art and literature, including their parallel experimentalism; and the role of Paris as a refuge for writers from all over the world, especially those facing discrimination in their home countries (e.g. African-American, LGBTQ+, and Jewish communities). Students may also have the chance to depict Paris in their own words through creative writing exercises.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 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
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: FHOT 2022 | Open
Pre-requisite: Level: College & Continuing Education, Open to All, and Pre-college.
Bring the City of Light to life in the darkroom! What you will learn: How B&W photography makes us see differently; techniques in exposure and camera function; processing film in a darkroom; developing a personal concept; comparing 19th and 20th century photography to contemporary B&W practices.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: SUM TBA21 | Open
Pre-requisite: Prerequisites: A laptop with video editing software of your choice installed and a DSLR/Mirrorless camera. Passion for fashion, filmmaking, and visual storytelling. A desire to experiment and learn, along with strong teamwork ethics. Recommend Editing Software: Adobe Premiere pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, Imovie, CapCut, Filmora Level: Open to all
Students will explore the essentials of fashion videography against the iconic backdrop of Paris. The curriculum covers fundamental camera techniques, the art of storytelling, and practical video editing skills. The goal is to equip students with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to create compelling fashion films and build a standout portfolio.
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
March 16 2024
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 2024
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for a SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
March 15 2024
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.
March 30 2024
Enrollment Closes
Students must complete their enrollment, including paying deposits, by this date.
March 30 2024
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 14 2024
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
June 13 2024
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive at 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 14 2024
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 17 2024
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.
June 28 2024
Session A Classes End
July 1 2024
Session B Classes Begin
July 12 2024
Session B Classes End
July 13 2024
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 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 $200
5 dinners $350
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 a 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 $125 / 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 a 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 fostering a welcoming community for all students by providing assistance to diverse needs
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Personal assistance from your dedicated Admissions Counselor
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • SAI Student Visa consulting
  • 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.

Le Marais Walking Tour & Dinner
Students take a guided stroll through one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Paris: Le Marais! The district is known for much more than its colorful vintage shops and food, but also for its rich history and culture.

Bateaux Mouches
On this activity, SAI students explore the heart of Paris by boat! Students enjoy a cruise on one of the city’s iconic Bateaux Mouches and take in Paris’ beautiful architecture from the water.

Visit to the St. Chappelle & the Conciergerie
Students visit two incredible feats of Parisian architecture. The St. Chappelle was the chapel to the kings of France and is known for its remarkable stained glass, which remains some of the most intricate in Europe. Just a few steps away from St. Chapelle students also visit the Conciergerie, which once imprisoned Marie Antoinette.

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.

Open Market Tour with Tastings
Le marché, or outdoor market, is a tradition at the heart of Parisian life, providing the city with a focal point for social interaction and culinary inspiration. Students take a tour of the celebrated market, and learn about its neighborhood and history. Students also receive tips on how to select the best fruits and vegetables, according to the season.

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, and include a shared occupancy bedroom in a shared student apartment (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of kitchen, bathroom(s) and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing configurations are designated as female, male, and in some locations, gender-inclusive. 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.