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Fine Arts

Georgina Crisford

Heather Beaumont Guts (close-up)

Katrina Kufer Untitled

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

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
2D Studio 1+2 2 2
Introduction to Digital Media 1+2 2 2
3D Studio 1+2 3 3
City as Studio 2 -
Studio Elective / Personal Project - 2
Critical Thinking and Writing 1+2 3 3
Dimensions in Art & Design 3 -
Paris: City as Text & Image - 3
Total Credits 18 18
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
2D Studio 3 3
Sophomore Sculpture 3 3
Sophomore Drawing 3 3
Studio Elective with focus orientation - 2
Studio Elective 2 2
Modernisms & Modernities 3 -
Pop and Around - 3
Intro to Visual Culture / Critical Studies Elective 3 3
Total Credits 17 19
Junior Year Option – 2D Focus Fall Spring
Studio Concepts 3 3
Painting Interactions 3 3
Creative & Experimental Drawing 2 2
Creative Writing 2 -
Contemporary Printmaking 2 -
Studio Electives - 4
Critical Studies/Art History Elective 6 6
Total Credits 18 18
Junior Year Option – 3D Focus Fall Spring
Studio Concepts 3 3
3D Studio: Ceramic or Junior Sculpture or Metal/Fine Arts Casting 3 3
Performance and Installation: Method and Document 2 -
Performance Empathy & Process of Identification - 2
Experimental Drawing 2 -
Multimedia Textiles 2 -
Studio Electives - 4
Critical Studies/Art History Elective 6 6
Total Credits 18 18
Junior Year Option – 4D Focus Fall Spring
Studio Concepts 3 3
4D Studio 3 3
Performance and Installation: Method and Document 2 -
Performance Empathy & Process of Identification - 2
Creative Writing 2 -
Sound Design - 2
Studio Electives 2 2
Critical Studies/Art History Elective 6 6
Total Credits 18 18
Senior Year Fall Spring
Senior Thesis 3 3
Senior Studio 3 3
Senior Concentration 4 4
Critical Studies Electives 3 3
Total Credits 13 13
Total Credits for Degree 134

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