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.
Fall 2020 entry priority deadline: April 1, 2020
Spring 2021 entry priority deadline: November 5, 2020
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 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 a university level. Applicants who have not completed three or more years of secondary/high school or university level schooling in English (or a mixture of both for transfer students) will need to complete one of the following tests in order to be considered for admission:
- Minimum score: 92
- Score to be considered for entry with EIS required: 60 – 91*
- PCA institution code: 8217
- Test dates, locations, and registration: www.ets.org
- Minimum score: 6.5 band score
- Score to be considered for entry with EIS required: 5.0 – 6.0*
- Test dates, locations, and registration: www.ielts.org
- Minimum score: 175 on B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficient exam
- Score to be considered for entry with EIS required: 160 – 174*
- Test dates, locations, and registration: www.cambridgeenglish.org
*For more information on the English for International Students (EIS) requirement, please see the Special Conditions of Admissions on the Undergraduate Programs page.
For all English exams, request that your score be sent directly to PCA. Scores may be submitted at any point before or during the application process.
Applicants who attended bilingual or international schools or universities in which courses were taught in multiple languages must have studied core academic subjects in English. Applicants who attended high school in English but were placed in English for English Language Learners (ELL/ESL) classes will be required to take an English test.
PCA Admissions reserves the right to request English testing and/or require English for International Students on a case-by-case basis regardless of a student’s academic record if they have hesitations about the student’s language proficiency.
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.
Admitted students can defer their date of entry for up to one year. To defer entry, please email email@example.com to request a deferral, making sure to provide information on your new start date and reasons for deferring. All deferral requests must be approved by the Office of Admissions, and students must pay their non-refundable €1000 deposit to guarantee their spot. Students who are seeking a deferral for financial reasons are advised to contact the Financial Assistance Committee before paying the deposit. Students who do not wish to defer by making a tuition deposit may reapply in the future with an expedited process, and their application will be reviewed again with the new round of candidates. To be reconsidered for admission in future terms write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, the term and program for which you had been accepted and the term and program you wish to be considered for. Please note if you do choose to reapply there is no guarantee that your previous offer of acceptance will be upheld.
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.