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Garret Nasset

Timothy Schweiser

Ivana Basevic Maps

Laurence Sturla

Antonia Speare-Cole

Heather Beaumont Guts (close-up)

Buket Kinilakaya Ceramic Sculpture

Teaching art is about initiating total involvement, passion, questioning and questioning the questioning, experimenting, process, investigating ideas, inventing and finding visual answers. – Véronique Devoldère, Chair of Fine Arts

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts

With Paris as its extraordinarily rich cultural setting, the PCA Fine Arts Department promotes the development of artistic skills, the expression of creative processes, and an informed awareness of how art practice intersects with current visual, cultural and societal concerns.

Students gain a strong foundation in the artistic tradition via both established and new media, thus enriching their capacity for communication and expression as a whole. The curriculum balances a full investigation of traditional media: drawing, painting and sculpture, with extensive explorations in video, installation, performance, photography and digital imaging. The new focus program in the junior year allows students to choose a 2D, 3D or 4D orientation. Elective courses in other departments open students to new and different methods and processes. Interdisciplinary practice provokes students to pursue and develop individual artistic modes of inquiry.

Application of theory and criticism shape students’ ability to work and think critically and analytically. Courses in Art History and Critical Studies, critiques, debates and tutorials, and the considerable resources available in Paris, direct students to an informed exploration within both historical and contemporary art practices. Museum and gallery visits are an integral aspect of the curriculum.

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Curriculum

Foundation semester 1 semester 2
Drawing 1+2 3 3
Materials and Dimensions 4 4
City as Studio 2 -
Introduction to Digital Media 1+2 2 2
Studio Elective - 2
Personal Project (no credit) - -
Dimensions in Art & Design 3 -
Artistic Migrations - 3
Critical Thinking and Writing 1+2 3 3
Total Credits 17 17
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
2D Studio 1+2 3 3
Sculpture 1+2 3 3
Drawing 1+2 3 3
Sophomore Video 1+2 2 2
Studio Electives 2 2
Introduction to Visual Culture 3 -
Liberal Studies/Art History Electives 3 6
Total Credits 19 19
Junior Year Option – 2D Focus Fall Spring
Studio Concepts 1+2 3 3
Painting Interactions 1+2 3 3
Experimental Drawing 1+2 2 2
Creative Writing 2 -
Studio Electives 2 4
Liberal Studies/Art History Electives 6 6
Total Credits 18 18
Junior Year Option – 3D Focus Fall Spring
Studio Concepts 1+2 3 3
Junior Sculpture 1+2 or Metal 1+2 (4 credits) 3 3
Performance and 3D Option (ceramic/multimedia textiles) 2 2
Experimental Drawing 2 -
Studio Electives 2 4
Liberal Studies/Art History Electives 6 6
Total Credits 18 18
Junior Year Option – 4D Focus Fall Spring
Studio Concepts 1+2 3 3
4D Studio – Video 1+2 3 3
Performance 1+2 2 2
Creative Writing 2 -
Studio Electives 2 4
Liberal Studies/Art History Electives 6 6
Total Credits 18 18
Senior Year Fall Spring
Senior Thesis 1+2 3 3
Senior Concentration 1+2 3 3
Senior Studio Concepts 3 3
Studio Elective 2 -
Liberal Studies/Art History Electives 3 3
Total Credits 14 12
Total Credits for Degree 134

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