Paris College Of Art

Introduction

Paris College of Art is a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, methods and professional experience. Our students and faculty combine curiosity, experimentation and enthusiasm in the pursuit of learning. At Paris College of Art, we believe that finding a design solution, creating a work of art and facilitating the production of a creative team are intellectual processes of undeniable value. Developing critical awareness through hands-on research and discussion is essential to professional maturation and individual growth. Artistic practice demands a high level of personal commitment and discipline, and we expect our students to participate actively in class so that they can explore differing points of view and engage our creative resources.

Paris College of Art is rooted in a city of primary art and design production. Experiencing the uniqueness of the Parisian metropolis provides a rich source of visual inspiration. Sharing this experience with individuals from over 40 different countries gives our students a unique perspective on the variety of expression existing throughout the world.

The legacy of Paris College of Art and its successful graduates is something to be proud of and to contribute to in the years to come.

Mission

Paris College of Art, a new name for a college with over 30 years of experience, promotes the artistic and intellectual maturation of promising students into exceptional artists, art historians, photographers, designers, and design managers. Grounded in the Parisian landscape, informed by the European art and design world, nourished by a faculty of leaders in the creative industries from the world over, and replenished by students from over 50 countries, Paris College of Art is a truly international college.

Paris College of Art was established as an independent degree-granting institution with the mission to:

1) provide the highest international standard of art and design education taught within an American pedagogical paradigm while being influenced, informed and drawing from our French/European environment and

2) open up French educational opportunities to the world and international education to the French.

This school offers programs in:
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Programs

MA

MA/MFA in Photography and Image Making

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 France Paris

Master of Arts (MFA) in Photography and Image Making is a two-year program in Photography with a specific focus on new types of visual storytelling: still image, moving image, and multimedia, with a curriculum that emphasizes new media and transdisciplinary skill sets, and understands photography as a hybrid and emerging art form. The program explores digital-image-making as a force and it is designed as a practiced-based and process-oriented program. [+]

MA/MFA in Photography and Image Making Master of Arts (MFA) in Photography and Image Making is a two-year program in Photography with a specific focus on new types of visual storytelling: still image, moving image, and multimedia, with a curriculum that emphasizes new media and transdisciplinary skill sets, and understands photography as a hybrid and emerging art form. The program explores digital-image-making as a force and it is designed as a practiced-based and process-oriented program. Based on the intersection of visual phenomena, new media, critical studies, and creative production, the program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training. Students who pursue the program at Paris College of Art have potential for connection-building while they are still in the program. Students with an undergraduate background in photography and demonstrated technical skills (black & white and color photography, digital photography, lighting techniques, common software programs for editing) will be considered for admission. The program combines technical knowledge and principles of photography and image-making research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to internships during the photo events held in Paris several times a year and ongoing partnerships between PCA and relevant Parisian institutions, students will be well prepared to enter the job market and will have started to create a professional network by the time they graduate. Students specialize in photography and... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Accessories Design: Jewelry and Leather Goods

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

PCA proposes a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Accessories Design, a one-year program aimed at emerging designers interested in specializing in accessory design, specifically jewelry and leather goods. The program meets the demands of an expanding market for accessories, especially in the fashion and luxury industries. [+]

PCA proposes a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Accessories Design, a one-year program aimed at emerging designers interested in specializing in accessory design, specifically jewelry and leather goods. The program meets the demands of an expanding market for accessories, especially in the fashion and luxury industries. Students with an undergraduate background in fashion, fine arts or crafts will be particularly suited for this program. A mix of prior disciplinary experiences is a benefit to their overall learning. The program combines technical knowledge and principles of design research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of traditional handcraft and modern techniques, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to the multidisciplinary crossover of this program, students will be well-prepared to enter the professional world of contemporary design. Students focus in either leather goods or jewelry, while also continuing to broaden their knowledge and skills through supporting courses on technical drawing and still life photography. Graduates will be able to apply their skills in settings as varied as independent designers and entrepreneurs, designers for international fashion and accessories brands, and makers of leather goods for the luxury industry. The structure of the M.A. is composed of three types of classes: - Studio: Creativity & Inquiry In studio classes, students master traditional, modern and experimental design and manufacturing techniques. They also use cross-disciplinary technical skills, combining materials, tools and concepts from different industries. - Research: Investigation Research seminars will teach students to... [-]

Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Drawing

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 France Paris

The program is designed with an emphasis on professional practice and research, and, for the MFA program, with a focus on the teaching of drawing, providing students with possibilities to further their work outside the context of the school. Students are taught how to apply ‘drawing’ in its many forms to unfamiliar and diverse situations, and are encouraged to invent projects that will continue beyond the scope of the MA/MFA. [+]

Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Drawing The work that students make in their studio is central to the content and structure of the course. Each core workshop draws upon the individual investigations and questions arising and evolving in the studio as a starting point and provides the students with new contexts to rethink their work – to test out methods, materials and ideas. The aim is to explore contemporary and emerging approaches to drawing alongside the continued acquisition and practice of academic skills. There is an expectation that students will explore a convergence rather than opposition of the two. At PCA Students may choose either the 1-year MA Degree Track or the 2-year MFA (Terminal) Degree Track. The first year is common to both degree tracks with the exception of a spring semester Degree Project for MA candidates. MA students who choose to continue into the MFA would be required to complete the 3rd and 4th semesters and the MFA Thesis Project. The program is designed with an emphasis on professional practice and research, and, for the MFA program, with a focus on the teaching of drawing, providing students with possibilities to further their work outside the context of the school. Students are taught how to apply ‘drawing’ in its many forms to unfamiliar and diverse situations, and are encouraged to invent projects that will continue beyond the scope of the MA/MFA. Every student will take part in a form of collaboration where they will bring their drawing... [-]

Master of Arts in Design for Social Impact

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Social Impact that equips “change agents” with the practical know-how to successfully lead design projects that will engender positive change on a societal level. [+]

Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Social Impact that equips “change agents” with the practical know-how to successfully lead design projects that will engender positive change on a societal level. In 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. This agenda cited that, “for the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.” The MA in Design for Social Impact is one response to the United Nation’s call to action, and trains the designers of tomorrow to tackle issues of development, whether at a local, national or international level. The essential question posed by the MA in Design for Social Impact is: How can design change the world? More specifically, students may address questions such as: What tools can we design to improve the rates of recycling in our building? What service design can we adopt to reduce food waste and increase the number of free meal recipients for a supermarket chain? How can a city redesign public space to increase the amount of physical exercise its senior citizens get and thereby decrease risks for injuries and health costs? In the MA in Design for Social Impact, Paris College of Art and MakeSense combine theoretical instruction with hands-on projects to contribute to solving real-world current challenges through design solutions.... [-]

Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary New Media

Campus Full time September 2017 France Paris

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, this program employs methods of transdisciplinary practice through collaborative teamwork. Through a shared creative process, 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. [+]

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, this program employs methods of transdisciplinary practice through collaborative teamwork. Through a shared creative process, 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. At PCA, students can complete either a Masters of Art (MA) or a Masters 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 go on to 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. 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, which is considered a terminal degree in this field, will open the doors to teaching opportunities in higher education for our graduates. The program is open to any applicant who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BSc, BID, BArch, etc.). To encourage this transdisciplinary approach, candidates from varied backgrounds-including art, design, programming, business, literature, philosophy, science, music and theory-are actively encouraged to apply. Because we want to encourage... [-]

One year Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Film and Photography

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. [+]

The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. This program prepares students to meet the demands of an expanding high-end residential and commercial property market in capital cities around the world. Students with an undergraduate background in the arts or in design will be particularly suited for this program. A demonstrated ability to draw and sketch is an admissions criteria. Interdisciplinary in nature and structure, the program conceives the studio and the classroom as complementary spaces for developing design thinking, technical and professional skills, as well as creative expression in developing an interior design project. Since this is an initial terminal degree where graduates are expected to join the job market upon graduation, the focus of the program is on studio and research, rather than on scholarship and preparation for teaching. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their skills in settings as varied as independent interior design consultants and entrepreneurs for individual residential clients, for commercial clients (hotel chains and luxury brand flagship stores), as in-house designers for commercial retail and hotel chains, or in architecture firms. The combination of core, supporting and elective classes ensures depth and breadth of content. CORE ART & DESIGN COURSES Interior Design Studio I & II In this year-long course, students are first provided with the cultural and technical tools needed to understand inhabited spaces. Exemplary... [-]

One year Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. This program prepares students to meet the demands of an expanding high-end residential and commercial property market in capital cities around the world. [+]

The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. This program prepares students to meet the demands of an expanding high-end residential and commercial property market in capital cities around the world. Students with an undergraduate background in the arts or in design will be particularly suited for this program. A demonstrated ability to draw and sketch is an admissions criteria. Interdisciplinary in nature and structure, the program conceives the studio and the classroom as complementary spaces for developing design thinking, technical and professional skills, as well as creative expression in developing an interior design project. Since this is an initial terminal degree where graduates are expected to join the job market upon graduation, the focus of the program is on studio and research, rather than on scholarship and preparation for teaching. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their skills in settings as varied as independent interior design consultants and entrepreneurs for individual residential clients, for commercial clients (hotel chains and luxury brand flagship stores), as in-house designers for commercial retail and hotel chains, or in architecture firms. The combination of core, supporting and elective classes ensures depth and breadth of content. CORE ART & DESIGN COURSES Interior Design Studio I & II In this year-long course, students are first provided with the cultural and technical tools needed to understand inhabited spaces. Exemplary... [-]

One year Masters of Arts (MA) in Fashion Design: New Materials & Technologies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Paris

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Fashion Design proposed by PCA, focused on new materials and technologies, is a one-year program aimed at equipping designers with the knowledge and skills required to make the most of emerging new technologies and materials. [+]

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Fashion Design proposed by PCA, focused on new materials and technologies, is a one-year program aimed at equipping designers with the knowledge and skills required to make the most of emerging new technologies and materials. New materials are being developed at a fast rate, enabling garments to do more than clothe: they can measure temperature, transmit information about the wearer’s physiological state, provide stimulation, release compounds into the skin, etc. These materials are often used for sportswear and underwear, but they can serve a purpose outside of technical wear. The goal of the program is to encourage and enable designers of ready-to-wear to incorporate them into their design, whether it be men’s, women’s or children’s wear. Students will also learn to work with new technologies, such as using 3D printing to produce a garment or creating connected garments. France hosts many companies specializing in innovative materials (Lytess is a pioneer in cosmetotextiles, which are textiles containing a substance or preparation intended to be released permanently on different parts of the epidermis) and connectivity (Cityzen Sciences was the first to launch a connected T-shirt), and we will draw on this local expertise for our Professional Practice Workshop Series. The program combines technical knowledge and principles of design research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals from relevant fields (materials experts, engineers, designers) emphasize the mastery of new materials and technologies and their incorporation into a wide range of designs (not only technical gear),... [-]

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Paris College of Art

Address Rue Fénelon 15
75010 Paris, France
Phone +33 1 45 77 39 66