Apply to BA/BFA Degree Programs
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 2017 entry priority deadline: November 1, 2016
Fall 2017 entry: applications are reviewed as received on a space available basis
Furthermore, if you wish to apply for financial assistance, you should apply for admissions by the priority deadline or as soon as early as possible to ensure that you will be considered for all forms of financial assistance. Please note that financial assistance is limited and the demand is usually greater than available funds.
What level should I apply for?
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 BFA 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.
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
Required for all applicants to the BA in Design Management
Write a 500-word essay analyzing a well-designed everyday object, product, building, publication, advertisement or software. Explain why you think your chosen subject is well designed. You may consider its purpose and effectiveness, sustainability and environmental impact, as well as the social implications.
You will be prompted to submit the design analysis essay as part of the application form.
Additionally, submit a visual reference of your chosen subject by either including a web link at the end of your essay or emailing a file to your admissions counselor.
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.
Transfer & Certificate applicants who have completed at least two years of full-time study at another university are not required to submit secondary school 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Those whose scores fall between 60 and 91 on the TOEFL IBT exam or 5.0 and 6.0 on the IELTS exam will be considered for entry with English for International Students required.
For more information on this requirement read the Special Conditions of Admissions below.
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.
Optional for all candidates
Applicants may submit any of the materials listed above even if not required. For example, many Design Management candidates choose to include a portfolio as part of their application.
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. email@example.com
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. While students may apply before completing high school they must have successfully received their diploma (or equivalent) to enroll at PCA.
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 & Transfer Credits 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.
In some cases, the Admissions Committee may require one of the following conditions:
Special Conditions of Admissions
Students whose English proficiency test scores fall between 60 and 91 on the TOEFL Ibt or 5.5 and 6 on the IELTS will be considered for entry with English for International Students (EIS) required. All students who are admitted with EIS required as an Admissions Condition, as well as those who are placed into EIS courses as a result of mandatory testing administered during Orientation at Paris College of Art. Enrollment will be limited exclusively to the Studio/departmental portion of the curriculum, plus EIS courses. The student must successfully complete the EIS class in order to continue at Paris College of Art. Any student who does not complete the course with a passing grade in their first semester will receive an academic warning. Any student who has not successfully completed the course by the end of their second semester will be dismissed. Liberal Studies requirements normally completed in the first year must be completed in subsequent semesters or during the summer and in some cases may lengthen the time it takes to graduate.
Students may be admitted on academic probation as a result of substandard academic performance. Students admitted on probation must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 during their first year of study at PCA or will otherwise be dismissed.
Transcripts & Transfer Credits
All applications must be accompanied the official transcripts of previous studies. All applicants, except those who have completed at least two years of full-time study at another university, are required to submit secondary school transcripts.
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
Students have until the beginning of their second semester to submit outstanding official transcripts to the Registrar for evaluation for transfer credit. No transcripts submitted after this time will be considered. All transcripts submitted must be official (see above). Transcripts from schools that were not indicated on the application for admission will not be considered.
A grade of “C” or better must be earned to receive transfer credit. Granting of transfer credit is contingent upon an applicant’s capacity to maintain the same satisfactory performance level by which the student was admitted. During the first semester of attendance, students should direct their questions about transfer credit to the Registrar.
Transfer applicant’s skills and abilities must be equivalent to those of Paris College of Art students at the same level and they must have sufficient credit for college courses completed elsewhere that are similar in content, purpose, and standards to those offered at Paris College of Art.
- 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.
Students who have earned the French, European or International Baccalaureates, a German Abitur, or who have passed A-Levels, US Advanced Placement Exams or equivalent university qualifying examinations will be considered to receive appropriate transfer credit.
Transfer credit for studio/departmental requirements and electives will be granted for courses where the content is similar to the curriculum at PCA. Students must present official transcripts and portfolio materials demonstrating proficiency in the subject areas for which the credit is sought in the admissions application.
PCA awards Liberal Studies credits including Art History, Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences that correspond to the Liberal Studies requirements.
The Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) is initially completed during the admissions review process and finalized once the applicant has submitted all final transcripts to PCA. Accepted applicants receive notification of transfer credit prior to Registration.