Program Structure:
The Paris Institute of Creative Arts offers a study abroad semester program in Paris which grants American University credits (accredited through Whittier College in California).  All classes, with the exception of French, are taught in English. Most students choose to study for one or two semesters. Fall and Spring semesters are 12 weeks long and students enroll in 4 to 5 classes for 14-16 credit hours.
Semester Programs:
• Fall (September-December) Total Credits: 14-16
• Spring (January-April) Total Credits: 14-16
• Year Program (September-April) Total Credits: 28-32
Art History, Fashion History, History of Cinema, History of Photography, Digital Photography, B/W Photography, Printmaking, Book Arts, Painting, Drawing, Literature, Creative Writing and French Language (All Levels).CLASSROOM STRUCTURE & INSTRUCTION:

Academic Lecture Classes:
These classes meet for a total of 3 contact hours per week. Classes combine in-class lectures, discussion and on-site visits and instruction. Most academic courses are reading and writing intensive and will require a minimum of 6-9 hours of work outside of regular class-time.

Studio Classes:
These hands-on courses meet for a total of 4 contact hours per week. Studio courses combine practical lessons, in-class demonstrations and slide presentations. When possible students go on-site to work or visit exhibits or museums of relevance to the subject being studied. All courses require outside work and in-class critiques, both group and individual. Advanced studio courses may require written assignments and many require students to keep a sketchbook.

Grading and Evaluation:
Students are graded using the American university model of evaluation.

Field Trips: 
Most courses integrate on-site visits to museums and exhibitions and at times require day trips. These excursions are considered an integral part of the course curriculum and attendance is mandatory. The fees for these excursions are not included in tuition fees and students will be invoiced separately after the end of the add-drop period for these excursions along with general lab fees.

Activities for all students covered by the activities fee:

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Student ID card offering free or reduced prices to French museums
  • Two Field Trips


  • Students will be invited to pre-register for classes once they have been accepted into the program.
  • Once students arrive in Paris to begin their studies there will be a short period of add/drop.
  • Students may enroll in a maximum of (3) Studio Art courses per semester.

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