Become a Paris College of Art Student
Choosing the right school requires getting to know a school as well as you can before and during the application process. This is why we encourage you to visit our campus, attend Open House, view our students’ work, and get familiar with our program offerings, courses and faculty background.
Our Admissions Counselors and Alumni Ambassadors are available to answer your questions, guide you through the admissions process, and provide support and insight that will be invaluable as you make your transition to becoming a Paris College of Art student.
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Meet the Admissions Team
As the head of the Admissions team, I am the one with the longest history with Paris College of Art — I received my BFA here in the 80s and then joined the school as Director of Admissions in 1998! An American, I grew up in New Jersey and lived in NYC for many years between doing my BFA and returning to France.
An ex-student of PCA, I lived and studied in Paris for 5 years where I learned to love all cheese without bias, how to assemble a desk from Conforama, the many ways to say ‘ça va’ and that Claude François has the best music videos. Currently based in Mumbai & constantly on the move, I work as a freelance photographer and as the Alumni Ambassador for India & surrounding regions.
Being Scottish, the thing I appreciate most about living in Paris is probably the weather, which is maybe hard for those from even sunnier climates to understand! Besides that, I never grow tired of the culture and the vibrancy. Having moved around a fair bit, I am so happy to call Paris my home. The daily ups and downs of living here mean I am never bored, and working at PCA means I get to experience the diversity of the city in my job too!
Hela Al Sharkas
Originally born in Damascus, Syria, and having lived in different cities around the world like Riyadh, Kuala Lumpur, and Paris, I love being surrounded by international environments and different cultures. As well as being the admissions counselor for special programs at PCA, I am also a multidisciplinary artist and a PCA alumna with an MFA in Transdisciplinary New Media. Outside work, I enjoy exploring the large variety of French wine and cheese.