Apply to Study Abroad at PCA
PCA issues admissions decisions based on the application submission date and space availability. Due to space constraints it is highly recommended that you apply by the priority deadline or as soon as possible after that date.
Spring 2019 entry priority deadline: November 1, 2018
Fall 2019 entry priority deadline: April 1, 2019
Required for all applicants
Write a 500-word statement that describes the work of an artist(s), design business(es), design manager(s), or designer(s) that inspires you. Also briefly describe why you would like the opportunity to pursue an education in art and design at Paris College of Art.
You will be prompted to submit the personal statement as part of the application form.
Required for all studio applicants
Submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applicants are encouraged to submit their best and most recently completed work showing a range of technical skills and creativity. The admissions committee is particularly interested in how applicants research and communicate their ideas. The portfolio can contain any combination of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, video, photography, sound, motion graphics, communication design, fashion design, illustration, etc. Applicants are encouraged to carefully edit their portfolio considering the arrangement and order of their work. BFA Transfer, Study Abroad and Exchange applicants are encouraged to submit works that align with the area of study for which they are applying.
You may submit your portfolio via PCA’s Application Form or as a pdf via wetransfer.com, as a link to your own website with a specific selection of works identified as your portfolio, or you may create an account on slideroom.com and submit it there using the link parisedu.slideroom.com. You will be required to pay a $12 fee to slideroom for this service if you elect this option.
Required for all liberal studies applicants
The writing should reflect your best writing. You should submit a recent piece of academic writing. We are looking for evidence of good writing, research and analytical skills as well as proper spelling, punctuation and grammar.
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.
Study Abroad & Exchange students are required to submit only college transcripts.
For more information, see the transcripts and transfer credit information below. Send all official transcripts to the following address:
Admissions Office / Paris College of Art
15 rue Fénelon
Official email transcripts can be submitted directly to your admissions counselor or to the general admissions email address. email@example.com
English language requirements
All applicants need to demonstrate that they have the required level of English language competency to study in English at university level. If you have not completed three or more years of your high school/secondary or university level schooling in English (or a mixture of both for transfer students), then you will need to complete one of the following tests in order to be considered for admission: IELTS, TOEFL or B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).
Applicants to our graduate programs who completed their undergraduate degree in English are not required to complete a further competency test.
Submit results of either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or B2 First exam, obtained within the last two years. The minimum scores required for regular admission are: 92 on the TOEFL IBT exam, 6.5 band score on the IELTS exam, or C1 or C2 for B2 First.
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. If you have taken the IELTS within two years prior to your PCA start date, please send us a scan of your certificate.
Optional for all candidates
Applicants may submit any of the materials listed above even if not required.
Other optional submissions include a CV or resumé and recommendations.
Send all supplementary documents to the following address:
Admissions Office / Paris College of Art
15 rue Fénelon
You may also email submissions directly to your admissions counselor or to the general admissions office email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 or design analysis essay, the personal statement, school transcripts and test scores, and a phone or in-person interview. PCA seeks creative, academically responsible, and highly motivated applicants.
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.
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.
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.
All applications must be accompanied by the official transcripts of previous studies.
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
- 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.).
- 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.