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Linda Jarvin, PhD, is the Dean of Paris College of Art. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Paris V (France) and her postdoctoral training at Yale University (USA) where she served on the research faculty for 8 years. After 5 years at Tufts University working with the Provost to establish a Faculty development center, she joined PCA in 2011. She has extensive experience with degree and program development, curriculum planning, designing and implementing professional development opportunities for faculty, and facilitating programmatic evaluation in the United States and abroad. Nationalities: Swedish / American Languages: English, Swedish French, German, Italian

Paris College of Art (PCA)’s methodology is intended to provide students with a cultural awareness that emphasizes ethical interaction within society and prepares students to be critically engaged citizens able to contribute positive change to our increasingly global and mobile societies. We encourage students to think and act globally while seeking inspiration locally in the rich cultural environment that is Paris. PCA believes in the notion of a curated education in which each student develops her own path to success, choosing among a rich range of academic offerings and real-life project opportunities. The College maintains affiliations with some of the most important French educational and cultural institutions as well as industry leaders. Paris College of Art is a dynamic forum for developing artists to exchange ideas, methods, and professional practices. Our faculty, students, and staff come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds, and these diverse perspectives nourish the intellectual and artistic growth of our community. The school thus combines the advantage of a boutique school with a low faculty - student ratio allowing for individualized attention with the stimulation and broad range of perspectives that our truly international community of artists, designers, and scholars offers. Our students’ creativity and curiosity are nourished by exposure to new ideas and expanded views. Through cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interactions, our students prepare for the world in which they will seek work and inspiration. We enable students to build a strong base for artistic practice, and equip them with the skills and techniques that allow them to thrive as artists, designers, and scholars. The curriculum offers opportunities to hone the interpersonal collaborative skills that professional artists and designers need to be successful in their chosen careers. Paris College of Arts (PCA)’s campus is located in central Paris, an international capital for art, design, fashion, and culture. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the historical and contemporary inspiration the city and our partner institutions have to offer. PCA provides rich opportunities for the motivated student to have a lasting impact on 21st century art, design, and fashion. Welcome to our community!

Linda Jarvin, PhD Dean

Paris College of Art


Paris College of Art

Paris College of Art (PCA), an American college with US degree-granting authority and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), has a dual mission: • To provide the highest international standard of art and design education taught within an American pedagogical paradigm, while being influenced and informed by our French and European environment; • To open up French educational opportunities to the world and international education to the French.


Paris College of Art (PCA) promotes the artistic and intellectual maturation of promising students into exceptional professional artists, photographers, designers, design managers, and art historians through a rigorous art, design and liberal arts education.

Established in 1981 to provide the highest standard of American education to undergraduates in fine arts and design wishing to pursue degree options in Europe, today Paris College of Art continues to fulfill that mission. With the resources of our location in one of the world’s most resplendent cities, we emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to academic programs. We draw students from around the world and the spontaneous cultural diversity this engenders complements the program and fosters a critical sensitivity toward the globalization of visual culture and its impact on respective art and design fields. Our multicultural environment nurtures artistic practice as well as individual growth and the intimate size of our classes provides an optimal environment for developing the discipline and skills required for our students’ artistic pursuit. While

Paris College of Art

our classes are taught in English*, we encourage students to study French so that they can take full advantage of their time in Paris. At Paris College of Art, students develop personal expression through creative problem-solving and process-oriented research. Our methodology gives students a competitive advantage, both academically and professionally, while emphasizing ethical interaction with society as a whole. Through our international faculty of working professionals, we maintain close ties with the Parisian art and design culture. Special events, exhibitions and conferences bring students in intimate contact with their distinctive European setting. Graduates of PCA receive Bachelor's and Master's degrees issued under PCA's degree-granting authority from the state of Delaware and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The European Network of Information Centers in the European Region and National Academic Recognition Information Centers (ENIC-NARIC) provides official recognition of the equivalency of degrees in Europe. For every graduate of the school who wishes, PCA prepares and transmits their diploma and transcripts to the ENIC-NARIC in order to obtain this valuable recognition. In addition, the Rectorat of Paris recognizes the school as a private institute of higher education. *With the exception of CUPA classes, which are all taught in French.

“There is no future without creativity and we have seen tonight that creativity belongs to youth. It is quite amazing to see so much talent coming from so many countries and so many visions of the world.� Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, PCA Fashion Show President 2012




While the larger campus is certainly Paris, with its museums, historical sites and contemporary art venues, the facilities of Paris College of Art are ideally suited for the creative endeavors proposed in the classroom. Located in the 10th arrondissement, the Paris College of Art facilities include: an amphitheater able to seat 200, a gallery space, student and faculty social spaces, a private landscaped courtyard, and many light and airy classrooms with amazing views of Montmartre. Students of Paris College of Art have designated social/ eating spaces, out-of-class workspace and access to computer labs.


The neighborhood of PCA provides easy access to the textile stores of Montmartre, one of the city’s best photo service stores just steps from our front door, many theaters, performing arts studios, and the offices of many creative agencies as well as cafes and restaurants nearby.

left, opposite & top: PCA Campus


Paris College of Art



UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Paris College of Art's intensive undergraduate programs prepare students for the professional world of the creative industries and for going on to complete graduate level work. The majority of these programs begin with the Foundation year that is built on the philosophy that there are fundamental approaches, skills and knowledge to be learned that are common to all creative disciplines.


Undergraduate Programs

1 Year Foundation





Students in Design Management and Photography have the option of "direct entry" into their major beginning from the first year. All undergraduate curricula incorporate liberal studies course work including art and design history. Below you will find the wide range of undergraduate programs we offer and you can find in-depth information on: BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts BA Bachelor of Arts

+3 Years Accessories Design

= BFA, Accessories Design

+3 Years Art History, Theory & Criticism

= BFA, Art History, Theory & Criticism

+3 Years Communication Design

= BFA, Communication Design

+3 Years Fashion Design

= BFA, Fashion Design

+3 Years Fine Arts

= BFA, Fine Arts

+3 Years Film & Video

= BA, Film & Video

+3 Years Illustration

= BFA, Illustration

+3 Years Industrial Design

= BFA, Industrial Design

+3 Years Interior Design

= BFA, Interior Design

+3 Years Photography

= BFA, Photography

4 Years Photography

= BFA, Photography

4 Years Design Management

= BA, Design Management

Graduate Programs


GRADUATE PROGRAMS PCA is launching graduate programs in Transdisciplinary New Media commencing in Fall 2015. Designed for those who are interested in exploring the wide-ranging creative field of new media that goes beyond traditionally defined art and design disciplines, these programs employ methods of transdisciplinary practice through collaborative teamwork. Students will re-frame their current understanding of different tools, technologies, theories and methods, developing hybrid systems and

solutions that go beyond any one discipline. Students can complete either a Master of Art (MA) or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Transdisciplinary New Media. The first two semesters (fall and spring) of these programs follow a common curriculum. Then, students either complete a full-time summer term to receive the MA degree or continue for two semesters of study in the following academic year (fall and spring) to receive the MFA.

+ summer semester = MA, Transdisciplinary New Media MA/MFA Common Curriculum 2 semesters (fall & spring)

+ year 2 (fall & spring) = MFA, Transdisciplinary New Media

Graduates of both the MA and MFA will go on to apply their skills to collaborative projects in domains as varied as online and traditional publishing, video games, art installations, exhibitions, live performances, web design, interaction/interface design, software development, service design, etc. As well, the MFA, considered a terminal degree in this field, will open the doors to teaching opportunities in higher education. The program is open to applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree. To encourage this transdisciplinary approach, candidates from varied backgrounds - including art, design, programming, business, literature, philosophy, science, music and theory - are encouraged to apply.

opposite page: foundation class, top left: fine arts studio, top right: photography digital lab




PCA offers an extraordinary Study Abroad program for college sophomores and juniors, or those with undergraduate degrees who wish to spend a semester or year experiencing the art, design, and culture of Paris.

Study Abroad at PCA

top: Matt Sinclair from Edinburgh College of Art photographed by Megan Wickens from OCAD University Canada


At PCA you can: • Investigate fashion design, textiles and the history of French costume in the original city of fashion; • photograph on the streets of the city where the medium was born; • develop your artistic vision while being exposed to classical and contemporary art; • expand your knowledge of design by being exposed to European design sensibilities and approaches; • and experience French design business realities first-hand. Studying full-time in English, Study Abroad at PCA students have the freedom of choosing from our vast array of courses to create a rigorous and stimulating curriculum that

matches their academic needs and interests. Students can focus their studies in one departmental area or create a multidisciplinary selection. Areas of Study • Accessories Design • Art History, Theory, and Criticism • Communication Design • Liberal Studies • Design Management • Fashion Design • Film & Video • Fine Arts • Illustration • Interior Design • Photography "Thank you for making my time at PCA unforgettable. The knowledge I have gained, inspiration I have found, and challenges I have faced have resulted in both academic and personal growth." Marnie Shanahan, Study Abroad at PCA Student from Sydney College of the Arts, Australia

Study Abroad at PCA

UNIQUE TO THE STUDY ABROAD AT PCA PROGRAM STUDY ABROAD AT PCA STUDENT EXHIBITION Each semester, the Study Abroad at PCA students curate an exhibition of their work held in a professional gallery. Organizing the show with the help of the Study Abroad at PCA office, students learn how to create and promote an exhibition and sell their artwork as well as gain an important addition to their professional CV. ”The highlight of my experience at Paris College of Art was the Study Abroad at PCA Student Exhibition. The faculty were more than helpful and very supportive. Everyone was so enthusiastic!” Justin de Lima, Study Abroad at PCA

Student from Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada

PARIS INSIDE / OUT To initiate students to Paris' thriving contemporary gallery scene and give them backstage access to the city's art and design community, we offer a one-credit course composed of excursions and guided visits to art exhibits and design workshops throughout Paris. Recent visits have

included the Parisian hotel designed by Martin Margiela, Prada 24 hour Museum, Foundation Louis Vuitton, the Muzéo Ateliers and La Maison Rouge. “Paris Inside/Out not only offers a great choice and variety of visits, but is also an opportunity to learn more about the city we live in and is a passepartout* for places we would not have the chance to see otherwise.” Emilia Petrarca, Study Abroad at PCA Student from Vassar College, USA

FRENCH INSTRUCTION AND INDIVIDUAL TUTORING PCA offers four levels of French language courses from beginner to advanced topic-based courses taught in French that include outings such as French wine tasting and visits to sites particular to Paris like the Passages Couverts – enclosed shopping areas dating from the early 19th century. These outings not only help to improve student’s language skills, but also their general cultural knowledge. To help enrich student’s everyday life in Paris and accelerate their acquisition of the language, PCA also provides individual French tutoring.

top: Gabriella McGoldrick from RMIT receiving the Sophie Halette Prize for Best Lace Jacket, right: visit to the Centre Pompidou




Certificate Programs

top: fine arts studio


The intensive curriculum of the PCA Certificate Program offers a nondegree option for those wishing to launch a career transition, refine a professional level design portfolio, or prepare for entering a Masters degree program. The Certificate Programs are ideally suited for the mature student who already has an undergraduate degree and wishes to complete his/her education with a professional art and design concentration. These programs emphasize skill development and provide a solid foundation in the process, technology, and language of art and design. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours for the one-year Certificate Program. Studying fulltime (minimum of 12 credits per semester), certificate students with the guidance of their Academic Advisor develop an individualized program specifically catered to their needs

and interests. Examples of certificate program curricula are available on Areas of Study: • Accessories Design • Art History, Theory, and Criticism • Communication Design • Critical Studies • Design Management • Fashion Design • Film & Video • Fine Arts • Illustration • Interior Design • Photography For more information about our Certificate Program visit

Summer at PCA / CUPA




The Summer Program at Paris College of Art offers an exciting set of courses with a modern edge in the historically and artistically rich city of Paris. In these two-week and fourweek long courses, introductory through advanced level students will explore art, design, business, culture, and language. A European based faculty comprised of professional artists and designers guide students through the colorful streets and neighborhoods of Paris. Through field trips to museums, studios, boutiques, and design organizations, students take advantage of the abundant resources the city has to offer; Paris serves as both a subject matter and a source of inspiration. Studio work, lectures, and independent research projects allow students to develop new skills, refine their understanding of art and design, and create portfolio pieces for college or graduate school admissions.

In 2011, CUPA became a part of PCA. Focusing on direct matriculation and optimal academic and personal support, the Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA) provides a high quality study-abroad immersion experience in Paris to linguistically advanced, highly motivated students from US colleges and universities. While the program provides a home base and a comforting structure, CUPA students are directly matriculated in French universities, do the same type of work as their French counterparts, and are strongly encouraged to participate in numerous activities in the Parisian context. This program is a great study abroad program for students interested in French immersion. For more information, visit top: Summer students visit the Atelier Lesage. right: PCA Campus

For more information, visit



Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Toronto, ON, CANADA

OCAD University

Kansas City, MO, USA

Kansas City Art Institute

Seoul, South Korea

New York, NY, USA

Hongik University

School of Visual Arts

Philadelphia, PA, USA

University of the Arts

New Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C

Baltimore, MD, USA

National Taiwan University of Arts

Maryland Institute College of Art

EXCHANGE PROGRAM In addition to studying with peers from all over the world, students enrolled in the full-time BFA and BA programs at PCA have the opportunity to study abroad during their junior year at one of the universities in our Exchange Network.


Exchange Network Schools

Sydney College of the Arts


Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Lima, PERU

Corriente Alterna Escuela de Arte

Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

Universidad de Belgrano

Stockholm, SWEDEN



The Glasgow School of Art

Copenhagen, DENMARK

Danmarks Designskole

Helsinki, FINLAND

Aalto University School of Art & Design

Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS Willem de Kooning Academy

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Moscow, RUSSIA

University of Edinburgh


National College of Art & Design

Wimbledon, ENGLAND

Wimbledon College of Art


Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Exchange Network Schools

Reykjavik, ICELAND

Iceland Academy of the Arts

Moscow State Industrial Art University

Antwerp, BELGIUM

The Royal Academy for Fine Arts

Budapest, HUNGARY

Maholy-Nagy University of Art and Design


Zurich University of the Arts

Barcelona, SPAIN

Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny

Jerusalem, ISRAEL

The Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design

PCA hosts students in the Study Abroad at PCA program from schools both within our exchange network and beyond. In addition to those schools in our network, recently students have joined the program from:

Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Sรฃo Paulo, BRAZIL

Fundaรงao Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP).

Art Center College of Design, USA American University, USA Bates College, USA Brown University, USA California College of Arts, USA Carnegie Mellon, USA Clark University, USA Colby-Sawyer College, USA Columbia University, USA Columbia College Chicago, USA Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, Denmark Corcoran College of Art & Design, USA Cornell University, USA Georgetown University, USA George Washington University, USA Hamilton College, USA Minneapolis College of Art & Design, USA

Oxford University, UK Pratt Institute, USA Reed College, USA Sage College of Albany, USA Sarah Lawrence College, USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, USA Stanford University, USA Tulane University, USA University of Monterrey, Mexico University of California Los Angeles, USA University of Massachusetts, USA University of Michigan, USA University of the Arts London, UK Vassar College, USA Virginia Commonwealth University, USA Yale University, USA


Corporate Partner Projects & Career Services



PCA stresses the value of networking as a vital tool to starting one’s career. Internships, through which students further their creative capabilities and are introduced to the professional aspects of their chosen areas of study, are an integral part of all of our academic programs. The Career Services Office and faculty in each department develop relationships in the industry to create internship opportunities and develop corporate projects for students. Corporate partnership projects give students an invaluable opportunity to showcase their ingenuity to corporate executives and such opportunities can lead to job offers and help students expand their professional contacts.

Through participation in job search skills workshops (including resume & cover letter writing), corporate projects, and internships Students gain great insight into the professional market and develop job search skills geared toward working in Europe and beyond. HERMÈS WINDOW IMAGINATION A team of PCA students, from various departments, designed and produced Hermès window designs for their Avenue George V boutique heralding the opening of the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais.

top and left: Hermès window display

Corporate Partner Projects & Career Services



PCA’s Fashion seniors worked with global fragrance manufacturer Takasago to develop signature scents that express the essence of their senior collections. Takasago selected and produced one of the student’s signature scents, which was featured at PCA’s End of Year Show.

PCA students developed leather goods in partnership with the Compagnons du Devoirs, an organization of craftsmen and artisans dating from the Middle Ages that teaches the traditional techniques of the artisanal metiers of France. Teaming up with the Compagnons du Devoirs apprentices, our students learned the steps it takes to go from prototype to a manufactured accessory product.

TAIPING CARPET DESIGN AND IN-STORE MARKETING Design Management students worked with Taiping, a Chinese luxury carpet company that largely serves the B to B market. Taiping asked the students to develop new carpet designs and analyze their in-store marketing to expand into the premium, B to C market.

top left & right: Takasago project right: Taiping carpet design project bottom: Compagnon du Devoir project, bag by Alexander Asvarischtsch


Career Services

Efiso Marras interning at Paris Photo




Erin Fetherston Tom Ford Bennu Gerede Georgia Hardinge Calla Haynes Lazaro Hernandez Nicky Hoberman Dimitar Lukonov Ryan Mendoza David Peck Julia Restoin Roitfeld Patrick Robinson Margot Warre

Alexander Wang / American Retro / Andrew GN / Anne Valérie Hash / Antik Batik/ Antonio Marras / Aesthete / Assouline Media / Aubade / Bibliothèque Kandinsky / Balmain / BETC Design / Bismarck Phillips Communication Media / Boucheron / Carré Noir / Céline / Celio / Cerruti 1881 / Centre Pompidou / Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles / Chloé / Christian Dior / Christian Lacroix / Christian Louboutin / Christie’s / Colors / Condé Nast Publications / Des Petits Hauts / Devi Kroell / Dice Kayek / Dim / Diane von Furstenberg / Dior Homme / DM Media / Emanuel Ungaro / Euro RSCG / Fred & Farid / Galerie Hussenot / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac / Giambattista Valli / Girault Totem / Givenchy / Groupe Idoine / Hachette Filipacchi / Hermès / Hervé Leger / IMG World / Isabel Marant / Jed Root Europe /John Ribbe / Karl Lagerfeld / Kenzo / La Chambre Claire / Lagerfeld Gallery / Lancôme / Lanvin / Libération / L’Oréal / LVMH / Magnum Photos / Marc Jacobs / Martin Grant / Martine Sitbon / Musée des Arts Décoratifs / Muzéo / Nina Ricci / Oscar De La Renta / Ogilvy / Paco Rabanne / Philip Lim / Reed Krakoff / Repetto / Rick Owens / Rochas / Rue Du Mail / SAFI Paris Design Week / Shigeru Ban / Smart Design / Sonia Rykiel / Studio JBSB / Sotheby's / Swarovski / Terra Foundation for American Art / Tissus Malhia Kent / Tod's / Torrente / Tom van Lingen / Ubik / Starck Network / Van Cleef & Arpels / Versace / Viktor & Rolf / Victoria and Albert Museum / Vogue / Wilmotte et Associés / Woman’s Wear Daily / Young & Rubicam The resources provided by the Career Services Office remain available to students post-graduation, and graduating seniors are encouraged to become active members of the Alumni Association to help further their career development as well as that of the classes that follow.

In addition to a university education, the institution offers its students significant resources to help them enter the art and design field of their choice post-graduation, including, but not limited to, career counseling, networking and internship opportunities, interviewing skills, and resume and portfolio reviews. However, PCA makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, regarding an individual student's success entering the job market.

Cultural Partnerships

CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS AND LEARNING & RESEARCH RESOURCES Paris College of Art has relationships with many of the greatest cultural institutions in and around Paris through which our students have exclusive access to library resources, studio facilities, internships, and research opportunities. These include:

• Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou & Bibliothèque Kandinsky • Les Arts Décoratifs & Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs • IDEM Gallery and printing studio • École Lesage • Université Paris I / Panthéon Sorbonne • Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles • La Gaïté Lyrique • Terra Foundation for American Art • The American Library of Paris For more information visit the Partnerships section of our website:

top: Centre Pompidou, right: Les Arts Décoratifs, bottom: Gaîté Lyrique



Gabriele Iacono

Communication Design, Sophomore

Design by: Irem Tonga Fashion Design, Senior

Photo by: Trevor Mansfield Photography, Sophomore



Valeriya Kozhukhova Illustration, Certificate

Gwendolyne Schommer

Communication Design, Junior

Antonia Spear-Cole

Fine Arts, Senior



Garret Nasset Fine Arts, Junior

Design by: Alexander Asvarischtsch Fashion Design, Senior

Photo by: Mehdi Sefrioui Photography, Certificate



Ivana Besevic

Fine Arts, Certificate

Harriet Bruce

Illustration, Sophomore

Design by: Fanny Auriol Fashion Design, Senior

Photo by: Megan Wickens Photography, Study Abroad at PCA



Elin Nyberg

Communication Design, Junior

Kseniya Piatrova

Photography, Sophomore



Harriet Bruce

Illustration, Sophomore

Trevor Mansfield

Photography, Sophomore

RafaĂŤl Dubus

Photography, Junior



Michas Vanni

Photography, Senior

Design by: Alexander Asvarischtsch Fashion Design, Senior

Photo by: Mehdi Sefrioui Photography, Certificate


STUDENT LIFE The cultural diversity of Paris College of Art combined with our location at the crossroads of Europe makes studying here a uniquely rich experience for young artists and designers. Student life is a blend of structured classes, studio time and extracurricular events including guest speakers, gallery openings, social gatherings and the discovery of the world beyond the walls of the school. Drawing upon the infinite resources the city has to offer, the Student Life and the Study Abroad Office organize special events, including: evening outings to the theatre; museum, gallery and professional atelier visits; and weekend trips around Europe and in France.

Student Life

Top: Paris Design Week Back to School Party Left: PCA Fashion Show, design by Johannes Boehl


STUDENT LIFE OFFICE An important resource for students, the Student Life Office is both the center of student activities and a support network that helps students navigate the many practical aspects of life in Paris. The orientation program provides a week-long introduction to the French capital as well as an opportunity to meet fellow classmates, faculty and staff who form the school community. Student Life Counselors help students obtain residence permits (titres de sĂŠjour) and advise on such practical matters as banking, telephone and transportation systems, and also insurance and medical referrals.

Students subscribe to French Social Security while in Paris that provides very comprehensive health care coverage and to which they can add a complementary health insurance for a very reasonable cost. The Student Life office helps students find English speaking doctors and manage the administrative aspects of health care coverage. HOUSING For students who are new to Paris, finding a place to live here can be both exciting and challenging. The Student Life office provides information about several different housing options, designed to accommodate students' needs, preferences and budgets. Whether students wish to live in student residences, in homestays or in independent apartments, Student Life provides individualized support in securing housing and settling in Paris. MEALS PCA students take advantage of the city’s vast culinary offerings by preparing meals at home, eating in local restaurants or from take-away shops in the neighborhood. Additionally, through the CROUS, a branch of the French Ministry of Education, students have access to four restaurants and twenty university cafeterias where they can have a three-course meal for lunch or dinner for as little as four euros.

Exhibitions & Events / Guest Lectures

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS PCA GALLERY The PCA Gallery is a vital component of the school, and offers a showcase for artists of all genres. As part of the institution’s cultural mission, the PCA Gallery presents the work of local and international painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers, and installation/multimedia artists as well as student work from all the departments. ANNUAL END-OF-YEAR & FASHION SHOW The PCA End-of-Year & Fashion Show is a visual culmination of student work from every department. In addition, the Fashion Department presents their students work on the catwalk in a show attended and judged by a jury of fashion industry leaders. In 2014 the President of the Jury was Barbara Bui. CLASS PRESIDENT Each year PCA nominates a wellknown professional from a creative field to be the class president: Christian Louboutin in 2013 and Jarvis Cocker in 2014.

“I will always remember the Fashion Show. It was really exciting and I was so happy I got a chance to be a part of it.” Ailis Mara, Study Abroad at PCA student from National College of Art and Design, Ireland

GUEST LECTURES Every academic department organizes guest lectures open to the whole community. Recent lecturers include: Jonathan Barnbrook art director & typographer David Carson art director / graphic designer Geneviève Gauckler illustrator/art director Marc Jacobs fashion designer Gabriele Pezzini designer/thinker, design consultant, formerly of Hermès Carine Roitfeld former editor-in-chief, French Vogue Evan Roth digital designer and artist Marjane Satrapi writer, illustrator, film maker, Persepolis

Top: Jarvis Cocker, PCA Class President 2014 Right: Barbara Bui, Fashion Show Jury President, 2014 with Golden Thimble winner, Johannes Boehl


FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. We are here to help you figure out how to finance your education at Paris College of Art. We provide scholarships, loans, and on-campus internships to students with financial need and/or academic merit to help pay their tuition costs. We also provide assistance to students in navigating how to obtain financial aid from other sources like their home country’s governmental loan and scholarship programs, and private granting organizations. Approximately 30% of PCA students receive financial assistance from the school. Applying for assistance is not difficult but it does take time to fill out the forms correctly and to provide us with documentation of your financial situation. To receive the best possible financial assistance package you should apply for PCA Financial Assistance as soon as you have submitted your application for admission. Many of our most successful alumni have received financial assistance and today are making their dreams come to life becoming designers, artists, design managers, etc.

Financing your Education

“The financial assistance I received from Paris College of Art allowed me to concentrate on my studies and benefit from everything the school and the city offers. I wouldn't have made it to where I am today without the education and the professional contacts I gained by studying at PCA.”


Full-time Degree, Certificate, and Study Abroad at PCA Students are all eligible to apply for financial assistance. Awards are made on the basis of three criteria: the student’s financial need, merit, and assessed commitment to their program of study at PCA.

COST OF EDUCATION Academic Year 2014-2015 Annual Tuition

for Undergraduate, Study Abroad at PCA, and Certificate Programs* (including all school fees)

26,200 €

Estimated expenses include: Health Insurance (French Social Security)


Personal / Meals

Books and supplies

Local transportation

213 €

7,200 €

4,000 € 1,400 € 350 €

David Peck, Class of '06, Creative Director/CEO of David Peck USA

Estimated Total Cost of Education (including tuition)

“The scholarship I received from Paris College of Art enabled me to achieve my dream and launch my own jewelry collection. It would have not been possible without this aid, as the economic crisis meant my parents in Puerto Rico could not pay for my studies.”

Students coming from exchange partners should see their home campus counselors for details about tuition costs and payment. *Tuition fees for Graduate Programs are posted on

Lucylmar Delgado, Class of '12 , Jewelry Designer

39,360 €

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE STUDENTS Financial assistance packages for students in the degree and certificate programs may include: Scholarships Scholarships are awarded to students who show financial need and academic and artistic merit. These scholarships defray a portion of tuition. Institutional Loans PCA offers institutional loans, interest free, that students do not have to begin paying off until 3 months after completing their degree or certificate at PCA or immediately after the student has left the school for any other reason. The total due on the loan will be determined based on a sliding scale relative to of the student’s cumulative grade point average. This means, the better the student’s grades, the less they have to pay back! On-Campus Internship Students who receive PCA Financial Assistance are also given an On-campus Internship Award. The student is assigned an internship within the school and receives a monthly stipend and a reduction in tuition. Participation in this program is mandatory for all students who receive scholarships and/or institutional loans. STUDY ABROAD AT PCA STUDENTS PCA provides financial assistance to qualified students to finance their study abroad experience with us. Please contact to find out more about the program, eligibility requirements and the application process. APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Once a student has applied for admissions to Paris College of Art she/he will have access to our financial assistance application in the Admissions Section of Students are encouraged to apply for admission and financial assistance by the

priority deadlines: February 1, for fall entry, November 1, for spring entry. Applications received after that date will be considered after priority applications are reviewed. For further information:

PCA Financial Assistance


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE POLICIES All financial assistance awards are valid for one academic year. To retain their financial assistance package, students must remain in good academic standing (a semester GPA of at least 2.5 with a full-time load of at least 12 credits, including all degree requirements). Students must reapply each spring semester and show continued need each year. Awards may be reduced or discontinued if a student fails to complete his/her awarded internship or if their financial circumstances, academic performance or behavior are deemed to no longer warrant or merit tuition assistance. OTHER SOURCES OF ASSISTANCE Several countries provide financial assistance to students studying at PCA. We provide support to students in navigating how to obtain financial aid from their home country's governmental loan and scholarship programs, and private granting organizations. On our website:, you will find information about these types of aid listed by country; if your country offers financial assistance and you do not find it listed on our website please contact us. CAF/FRENCH HOUSING ASSISTANCE Students in France with financial need, regardless of nationality, are eligible to receive financial support from the French government to offset housing costs. This aid is administered by the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (Family Allowances Fund), commonly referred to as the CAF. Students may apply for this aid after they have secured housing. The amount of support depends on the student’s need and the type of housing. Please note that an application for CAF does not guarantee that you will receive aid.




Via our online application form, you will provide us with the information we need for you to start your journey toward becoming a Paris College of Art student. Fill in this form carefully and completely. When you submit your application you will be instructed how to pay the mandatory fee. Please note that you can save your application while in progress, and return to finish it later with the 10-digit key you receive on-screen upon saving. Within a week of submitting your application, you will receive a login and password to check on your application status, and you will be personally assigned an admissions counselor who will be your contact throughout the application process. Go to to apply.

Fall 2015 entry: priority deadline is February 1, 2015. Spring 2016 entry: priority deadline is November 1, 2015.

STEP 2. SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS All applicants are required to submit a personal statement and transcripts from a minimum of three years of study. The remaining application requirements depend on your background and intended program. Read through the descriptions of the application materials in the Admissions Section of to find out if you are required to submit them as part of your application.

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To complete your application, you must have an interview either by phone or in person with a member of the admissions committee. At any point during the application process, contact your admissions counselor to arrange a time to speak. Study Abroad at PCA and exchange applicants are not required to have an interview.

PCA issues rolling admissions decisions based on the application submission date and space availability.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS We seek inquisitive, motivated students from a wide variety of backgrounds to form truly multidisciplinary teams. While the program is open to any applicant who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree, applicants should have taken at least two art or design history courses at the undergraduate level. Applicants with non-technical backgrounds will be required to attend a summer undergraduate Digital Crash Course prior to enrollment. Certain elective courses may be made mandatory to shore up skills that may otherwise be lacking. To apply, follow the procedures outlined at left. Applications for admission to the graduate programs are due January 15, 2015.

© 2013-2014 / Paris College of Art. This catalog is a guide, the information it contains is, as far as possible, up-to-date at the time of publishing, but is subject to alteration without notice. Paris College of Art reserves the right to change any matter contained in this publication, including but not limited to tuition, fees, policies, degree programs, names of programs, course offerings, academic activities, academic requirements, facilities, faculty, and administrators. In addition to a university education, the institution offers its students significant resources to help them enter the art and design field of their choice post-graduation, including, but not limited to, career counseling, networking and internship opportunities, interviewing skills, and resume and portfolio reviews; however, Paris College of Art makes no guarantee, expressed or implied, regarding an individual student’s success entering the job market as an aspiring artist, photographer, designer or design manager. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute a student's acceptance of the administration's rights as set forth above.

Photography by: p2 - p3, top: © Olivier Combres, right: © Patrick Montary • p4, left: © Marie Breton, top © Sara Krauskopf • p5: © Olivier Combres • p6, p7: © Sara Krauskopf • p8: © Megan Wickens • p9, top: © Pascal Montary, right: © Nena Kraguly • p10: © Sara Krauskopf • p11, top: © Marie Breton, right: © Pascal Montary • p14, left: © Alva Ohlsson, top: © Patrick Burban• p15, top left, right: © Sara Krauskopf, top right: © Pascal Montary, bottom: © Adam Wilkinson • p16: © Andreas Brunglinghaus • p17, bottom: © Teddy Morellec, top: © Philippe Migeat, right: © Olivier Thomas • p32, left: © Pascal Montary, top: © Marie Breton • p33: © Pascal Montary

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