Graduate Programs

Apply to MA/MFA Degree Programs

PCA offers one-year Master of Art (MA) and two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Some of our graduate programs are offered with both MA and MFA options. Graduates of the MA and MFA will be prepared to enter their chosen profession after completing the degree. The MFA, which is considered a terminal degree in this field, will open the doors to teaching opportunities in higher education for our graduates. These programs are open to any applicant who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BSc, BID, BArch, etc.). Students may apply before having completed their degree but must do so before enrolling in the program.

Please note: Applications for the MA in Fashion Design and the MA in Drawing for 2017-18 are closed. The next available term for these programs is 2018-2019.

Complete
the Application
Form

Via our online application form, you will provide us with the information we need for you to start your journey towards becoming a Paris College of Art student. Fill in this form carefully and completely. Please note that you can save your application while in progress, and return to finish it later. To complete your application you will be required to submit the 50 euro application fee by credit card.

Submit
Supplementary
Materials

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement and transcripts from a minimum of three years of study. The remaining application requirements depend on your background and intended program. Read through the descriptions of the application materials (below) to find out if you are required to submit them as part of your application.

Schedule
an Interview
with Admission

To complete your application, you must have an interview either by phone or in person with a member of the admissions committee. At any point during the application process, contact your admissions counselor to arrange an appointment. To complete your application, you must have an interview either by phone or in person with a member of the admissions committee. Your counselor will contact you when its time to schedule your interview.

Deadlines

Fall Semester

We review completed applications in rounds throughout the year. You’re encouraged to apply early as priority for admission and scholarship is given in earlier rounds.

Review Round             Application Round Deadline

Round 1                        by February 1

Round 2                        by April 1

Round 5                        after April 1 (based on available spaces)

Application Materials

Personal Statement

Required for all applicants

Write a 500-word statement that describes why you would like the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree at Paris College of Art.

You will be prompted to submit the personal statement as part of the application form.

Portfolio

Required for all applicants

Submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 pieces that demonstrates your creative ability through design or art work, photography, video/film, software programs, writings, experiments, music, etc. as appropriate to the program you are applying for. Your working process must also be shown through sketchbooks, notebooks, working documents, sitemaps, blogs, etc.

To submit the portfolio, create an account on the website parisedu.slideroom.com. Upload your visual material (images or video) and submit directly through Slideroom.

Submit your portfolio on slideroom. parisedu.slideroom.com

Official Transcripts

Required for all applicants

Contact your school to have them send your official grade report containing (a minimum of) your most recent three years of study. If you have attended more than one school in the last three years, submit transcripts from all institutions.

For more information, see the transcripts information below.

Send all official transcripts to the following address:
Admissions Office / Paris College of Art
15 rue Fénelon
75010 Paris
France

Official email transcripts can be submitted directly to your admissions counselor or to the general admissions email address. admissions@paris.edu

English Language Test Scores

TOEFL or IELTS required for all applicants for whom English is not their native language

Submit results of either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. The minimum scores required for regular admission are: 92 on the TOEFL IBT exam or 6.5 band score on theIELTS exam.

To obtain registration information and the earliest possible test dates for the TOEFL exam, visit www.ets.org. Our institution code is 8217. To find testing centers and register for the IELTS, visit www.ielts.org. Request that your score be sent directly to PCA; scores may be submitted at any point before or during the application process.

CV or Resumé

Required for all applicants

Submit a current CV or resumé.

Send to the following address:
Admissions Office / Paris College of Art
15 rue Fénelon
75010 Paris
France

You may also email submissions directly to your admissions counselor or to the general admissions office email address. admissions@paris.edu

Letters of Recommendation

Required for all applicants

Submit 3 letters of recommendation; these can be from employers, professors, colleagues, or others who can attest to your readiness to participate in this program.

Request that your referees send letters of recommendation to:

Admissions Office / Paris College of Art
15 rue Fénelon
75010 Paris
France

You may also email submissions directly to your admissions counselor or to the general admissions office email address. admissions@paris.edu

Writing Sample

The writing sample should reflect your best writing. The topic is not important, what we are looking for is an example of your analytical, reasoning, language and writing skills in English. You may submit fiction, nonfiction, an academic paper or essay written for a school project, a link to a text-intensive blog, or a combination thereof. The sample should represent 10-20 pages of prose (double-spaced), and you can submit an excerpt or a chapter from a longer piece of written work. The work should be submitted as a Word of PDF attachment and uploaded with your other application materials.

General Information

Admissions Criteria

Paris College of Art seeks serious, responsible, and highly motivated applicants who demonstrate potential for growth. A prospective student’s potential for artistic achievement is one of the most important criteria in evaluating candidates for admission. PCA students work with high level professionals in their chosen field of study, and a level of maturity and autonomy is expected of our students. English proficiency is a requirement, but we seek to serve an international student body where no one national group is dominant in numbers. We also care deeply about the sense of community that an institution of PCA’s size is able to offer, and respectful collaboration and teamwork are important values at PCA.

Each applicant is reviewed individually with regard to his or her own experience, achievement and potential for artistic growth. The Admissions Committee’s decision on applications is based upon evaluation of the portfolio, the personal statement, school transcripts and test scores, and a phone or in-person interview. PCA seeks creative, academically responsible, and highly motivated applicants. While students may apply before completing university they must have successfully received their degree to enroll at PCA.

Admissions Decisions

The Admissions Committee will review an application once all required materials are received. Decisions are immediately mailed by post as well as sent via email. The status of the decision is also updated on the student’s personal account on our web portal. All materials submitted to the Admissions Office, including the portfolio, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. become the property of PCA and will not be returned to the applicant.

Accepted Applicants

Admitted applicants receive information about housing, tuition and fees and other important matters in the online “Welcome Packet” that can be accessed on our web portal. The Admissions Committee’s decision to admit an applicant is contingent upon successful completion of any ongoing studies and on the receipt of the final transcripts for those studies. For more information about transcripts see Transcripts information below.

Deferring Admissions

Students can defer their date of entry for up to one year. To defer entry, a letter requesting a new entry date describing the applicant’s plans must be sent to the Admissions Office. A non-refundable tuition deposit may be requested to guarantee space availability for a future semester.

Transcripts

Official Transcripts

All applications must be accompanied the official transcripts of previous university level studies.

Academic Records From Non-English Education

All applicants who have been educated in non-English language programs are required to submit an original transcript from each institution attended along with a certified English language translation. Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-English language institutions must also provide a course-by-course evaluation report for each transcript. The Admissions Office recommends and may request transcripts to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please start the evaluation process as early as possible, including the submission of all required documents to WES in order to ensure the timely completion of the evaluation report. Be sure to instruct WES to send the report to: Admissions Office, Paris College of Art / 15, rue Fénelon / 75010 Paris / France.
To contact WES, visit www.wes.org

All Transcript Documents Must Be

  • Written in English or have an official translation in English
  • Printed on secure transcript paper or on the letterhead of the school (not a copy)
  • Stamped with the school seal or other official marking
  • Notarized, signed or sent electronically by a school official (registrar, dean, counselor, etc.).

Official Transcripts Must Contain

  • Name and address of the school
  • Student’s name (must appear on every page of the transcript)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree awarded, if any, and the date of degree conferred
  • Names of individual courses completed
  • Number of contact hours per week for each course
  • Length of the term
  • Grade or evaluation received for each course
  • Grading scale (i.e.: A = Excellent, F = Failure) or a description of the grading system.