Summer Programs

Registration is now open!

PCA continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, following guidelines issued by the French government and CDC. We have reduced our offerings and will be offering one Drawing for Portfolio course focused on concept development. We will follow the French government’s health guidelines, including limiting the class size to 9 students, requiring all participants to wear a mask, ensuring that each student has adequate work space to maintain a safe physical distance from others, and limiting studio time indoors and keeping windows open to help ventilate the rooms. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

The Paris College of Art Summer Program offers an exciting set of courses with a modern edge in the historically and artistically rich city of Paris. In these two-week long courses, introductory through advanced level students will explore art, design, culture, and language. While this summer we will only offer one course, please check back in November for the Summer 2021 offerings, which will include our usual line-up of exciting courses across disciplines.

Drawing for Portfolio: Concept Development

What you’ll learn: Improve control and skill with diverse drawing materials; learn the essential vocabulary and grammar of the visual language (ie. space, shape, form, composition, light & shadow, etc.); practice experimental and contemporary drawing techniques; develop your portfolio for submission to an art school or university

Who it’s for: Current high school students preparing to apply for university/art schools, beginners of all ages who wish to gain a solid foundation in their drawing practice, bilingual students who wish to practice their English conversational skills in an artistic and social setting

When: July 13 – July 24*, 2020, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (*No class on July 14: National Holiday)

Tuition Cost: 2-Credit – €2200 | Audit – €1650

Please note that students must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the program to be eligible to participate.


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July 13 – July 24*, 2020, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

*No class July 14: French National Holiday


We will exceptionally be holding this course at CUPA, our partner organization’s facilities. The building is located at 12 Rue Vavin 76006, right near the Luxembourg Gardens.

Language of Instruction

The course is taught in English, and we encourage non-anglophone students who want to practice their English in a conversational setting to register. The instructor speaks French and can support bilingual students, but a solid level (A2-B1) of English is encouraged for students to succeed.

Academic Credit

All 2-week summer courses are worth 2 credits. Participants will receive a grade and an official transcript upon completion of their course(s), which may allow them to apply these college-level credits to current or future studies. Most schools and universities accept these credits; please consult an academic advisor at your home institution for further details regarding its credit transfer and approval policy.

Students also have the option to audit courses (non-credit option), meaning they will have the same classroom experience but will not receive an official transcript or grade for their course(s).

In order to maintain the academic excellence of all classes, students who audit their course(s) are required to abide by the same academic policies outlined in the course syllabus and must participate in all class sessions, including the final presentation. Failure to comply with these policies will be grounds for dismissal from the program without reimbursement. Auditors will receive a certificate of completion at the end of their course.

Please note: If you do not register for credit at the time of enrollment you will NOT be able to receive credit at a later date.

Tuition Fees & Payment

Tuition and Fees for Summer 2020

2 Credits: €2200 | Audit: €1650

Tuition fees do not include housing, transit, or meals. When you register for your course, select the appropriate credit or non-credit (audit) option of your choice.

Payment Options

Please consult the Summer Program Payment Terms and Conditions before submitting payment.

Payment by Credit Card Online:

Payment is made when registering for courses online. Only Mastercard and Visa are accepted.

Payment by Bank Transfer:

Mention “Summer” and the student’s name.

It is IMPERATIVE to identify the transfer with the student’s full name. If a transfer is not identified, Paris College of Art will not be able to credit it to the appropriate student.

Payment by bank transfer must be made in euros, with the following bank account information:

Account holder: PCA – Paris College of Art
Bank: Société Générale
SG PARIS XV (03530) 164 rue de Javel 75739 Paris
IBAN:  FR76 3000 3031 9000 1206 3930 660

Please note that we do not accept payments in installments for summer courses.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation requests must be made in writing to Paris College of Art at with in copy.

A confirmation of your cancellation will be emailed back to you.

Up to 60 days before course start: Full refund of tuition including registration fee.
Between 59 and 30 days before course start:
Refund of tuition minus 10%, representing the registration fee, OR apply full tuition to Summer 2021.
Between 29 and 15 days before course start:
Refund of tuition minus 20% penalty.
14 days and less before course start:
No tuition refunds.

Please see the table below for refund deadlines by session:

Session 2: Full tuition refund April 29
Session 3: Full tuition refund May 13
Deadline for refund of Housing Payment for all sessions May 15
Session 2: Tuition refund minus 10% registration fee, OR apply full payment to Summer 2021 May 29
Session 3: Tuition refund minus 10% registration fee, OR apply full payment to Summer 2021 June 13
Session 2: Tuition refund minus 20% registration fee June 14
Session 3: Tuition refund minus 20% registration fee June 28
Session 2: No tuition refunds June 15 & after
Session 3: No tuition refunds June 29 & after


Paris College of Art reserves the right to cancel classes that do not reach sufficient enrollment. In this event, students will be offered the opportunity to register for a different course or receive a full refund for tuition payment.

Reimbursement: Travel Restrictions or Visa Refusal

Reimbursement for Visa Refusal or Travel Restrictions

Students who need to obtain a student visa are encouraged to register and submit tuition payment pending visa approval. Should the visa be denied before arrival, all tuition fees will be reimbursed with sufficient documentation demonstrating that all required paperwork was submitted in a reasonable timeframe for processing by the local Consulate.

Students who are unable to travel to Paris due to covid-19 travel restrictions are entitled to a full refund. We ask that you notify us as soon as possible, at the latest 2 weeks before the course begins. Please note that this refund policy does not include housing; please contact us if you wish to reserve housing but are not sure if you will be able to travel to Paris.


Students 18 years of age and above may reserve housing through Bluestripe. Housing is non-refundable after May 15 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find more information about Bluestripe housing here.

Price: Each 2-week session costs €745 euros. Students will be able to move in the Sunday before the course begins and must move out the Saturday after the course ends.

Security Deposit: A security deposit of €300 is required, which BlueStripe will invoice you directly for as soon as your registration has been processed. Your security deposit will be returned to you within 60 days of checkout, upon condition no damages occur during your stay.

Student Budget

While in Paris, budgets vary greatly depending on the person, but below are some sample costs:

  • Public Transportation pass : €22.80 / week
  • Food per day: about €20 if eating out
  • Lunch in bakery : €5-8
  • Lunch in café or restaurant : €11-25
  • Museum or cinema entry : 7-15 € (often free for EU citizens under 26)
  • Course Materials: this depends on the course you are interested in, please check the course syllabi online for a list of materials and supplies required
  • Note that all museum visits scheduled by your teacher are included in the price of the course

Students provide their own supplies. A list of required materials will be sent to each student before the start of the program. Expenses for supplies are estimated at between 30 and 150 Euros.

Meals are not provided. Students receive lists of supermarkets, inexpensive restaurants, and cafés in the neighborhood of the residence and school. Food expenses are estimated to range from 20 to 30 Euros per day.

Travel, Visas & Health Insurance


In some cases students may need to obtain a visa prior to the start of the program. Obtaining visas takes time. Please make your application early. Citizens of the European Union do not need visas. If you are unsure whether you require a visa please contact your local French consulate. French borders are currently closed to non-residents. These restrictions are set to be lifted within the Schengen Zone beginning on June 15, but it is unlikely that travel from outside the EU will be possible this summer.

Please note: while US citizens are normally not required to obtain a visa for short summer study abroad in France there has been some discussion of this regulation changing. Please check with your local French consulate.

Travel Arrangements to Paris

Students make their own travel arrangements. To plan your travels please refer to the program calendar.
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Health Insurance

Students are responsible for their own Health Insurance. If you don’t have a Health Insurance plan that will cover you during your stay in France, you can contact the following two companies to get one: