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2021 Paris Winter/Spring Sessions

Covid 19 Update

Because of the on-going uncertainty concerning the evolution of the Covid 19 pandemic, PICA has decided against in-person classes for the Fall semester. We are extending our deadline for January and Spring semester classes.

PICA has always preferred to offer small sized classes to allow for maximum interaction between teachers and students but we are still evaluating current circumstances before determining if and how to proceed with classes for our short January session and the Spring 2021 Spring semester. Given the nature of our classes, we prefer to offer in-person classes when at all possible. Students who are interested should contact us to be placed on a waiting list. No registration fee or other payment will be necessary as we await further clarity concerning the coming Winter and Spring sessions (travel limitations, possible quarantine requirements for foreigners arriving in France, etc.). We hope to have a clearer idea about the these sessions as we move through September into October.

We are considering a variety of options for this Winter and Spring sessions:

  • All online classes but limited to those which are more suitable to distance learning (French language, history and art history classes).
  • Hybrid courses: beginning online and moving toward in-person as safety increases.
  • Short-term, on-site classes for only 3 to 6 credits.

October 21 Deadline

Winter session studies in Paris registration will continue through the third week of October. The Winter session class offerings are still uncertain but are likely to include a history of Art and Architecture in Paris, Digital Photography and French language classes. The Spring semester will offer a more extensive selection of courses including studio art classes (photo, painting, printmaking, drawing), art history and history classes. All these courses are conducted in English. Spring semester Students will also take one French language class to help them improve their French language skills while in Paris to help them get the most out of their experience!

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Semester in Paris program!

The PICA Approach

Paris Institute of Creative Art is a study abroad program developed by artists and scholars who are passionate about their field of study and about the value and importance of study abroad experiences in today’s increasingly global world. All faculty and staff members have had extensive experiences living, studying and working abroad and have likewise taught in study abroad programs for many years. Our desire is to bring together the best of our own experiences–as students, teachers, scholars and artists–to create a study abroad program built to help students have the truly transformative experience Study Abroad should be. It is our goal to introduce Paris, France and French culture in its myriad forms while helping students to gain access to Parisians and the French as opposed to so many study abroad programs where students mostly remain in American or English language ghettos. All faculty and staff members are multi-lingual and have lived in Paris for extensive periods which enables them to help students know where to go to find a more authentic French experience. Likewise, it is our belief that undertaking university studies is the ideal time to push out, to challenge oneself and be exposed to new ideas and experiences. Every student who can should have an extended study abroad experience. Not only is this essential for each student’s personal development but in today’s increasingly global world, it becomes ever-more important to be at ease with different cultures and different languages.

At PICA we believe that creativity will always be at the center of a meaningful life and that the discipline and creativity necessary to develop interesting academic projects are the same skills necessary to lead a successful work life in any field. It is for this reason that we stress the liberal, visual and performing arts in our program. We offer a wide range of classes in the Studio Arts (painting, drawing, photography, book arts, printmaking) and in Liberal Arts (art history, cinema, literature and French language). All classes are currently in English except French language classes.

PICA has developed a partnership with the Institut de langue et de culture françaises (ILCF) (which is a subdivision of the Catholic University of Paris) for both French and English language courses which enables students to take French language classes at various levels and to have access to a small selection of excellent humanities courses in English (History of Fashion, History of French Cinema and others). An added bonus to classes taken at the ILCF is the very international group of students they attract. PICA students will meet students from around the world in these classes!

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