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American Accreditation


Paris College of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD, an association of approximately 322 schools of art and design, is the US national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines.

The major responsibility of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design is the accreditation of education programs in art and design, including the establishment of curricular standards and guidelines for specific degrees and credentials.

The Association also provides counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions and programs. NASAD is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all art and design curricula.

Accreditation, in practical terms, is a stamp of approval, a sign that an institution ascribes to, believes in, and has met an external set of basic criteria for the programs it offers. In some cases, accreditation assists in the transfer of credits from one institution to another. In all cases, it indicates that threshold standards are adhered to in a fashion that provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity.1

State of Delaware

Graduates from Paris College of Art receive Bachelor’s degrees issued under PCA’s degree-granting authority from the state of Delaware.

French Accreditation

Rectorat de Paris

Paris College of Art (PCA) is recognized by the French Ministry of Education as a Private Establishment of Higher Education (Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé) and as such is listed with the Rector of Paris under establishment code 075 45 87 D.


The Commission Nationale des Certifications Professionnelles (CNCP) evaluates the knowledge, abilities and skills taught in PCA’s visual communications programs. They also assess the relevance of the skills our students acquire in relation to the needs of the labor market. The French degree in Visual Communication (CNCP Level 2) is recognized as equivalent to a French University Licence (Bachelor’s Degree).

Paris College of Art offers three programs included under the scope of the CNCP Level 2 recognition:

Communication Design



Each of these four-year programs begins with a Foundation Year followed by three years within the discipline.

Learn more about the Foundation Year

Academic and Professional Affiliation

Cumulus the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.

Cumulus, the only global association to serve art and design education and research, is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Membership is restricted to schools and institutions that have past through a rigorous application procedure and have been recommended and reviewed by a board of member schools. Paris College of Art was sponsored for membership by Domus Academy, University of Art and Design Helsinki TaiK (Aalto University 1/9/2009), Unitec, and Hongik University.

AACRAO American Association of Collegiate Registrars
APUAF Association des Programmes Universitaires en France
CAA College Art Association
College Board
Designers Interactifs
DMI Design Management Institute
ECIS European Council of International Schools
ELIA European League of Institutes of the Arts
FATE Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
FING Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération
NACAC National Association for College Admission Counseling
NAFSA Association of International Educators
NPDA National Portfolio Day Association
OACAC Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling

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