FAQs

How do I apply for the undergraduate or certificate programs?

Applicants into a BFA, BA or Certificate program must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

You will find detailed instructions for each application material required in the admissions section of our website. Note that transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to PCA by institutions to be considered official.

On the Admissions page of our website, you will also find useful information about financing your education.

How do I apply for the graduate programs?

Applicants into an MA or MFA degree program must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

 

  • Online application + Application Fee (50€)
  • Personal Statment
  • Portfolio
  • Official transcript (last 3 years in school)
  • TOEFL or IELTS test score
  • CV or Resumé
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Phone or In-Person Interview

You will find detailed instructions for each application material required of the admissions section of our website. Note that transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to PCA by institutions to be considered official.

On the Admissions page of our website, you will also find useful information about financing your education.

How do I apply as a transfer student into the undergraduate degree program?

Students applying to transfer into a BFA and BA degree program must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

You will find detailed instructions for each application material required on the admissions section of our website. Note that transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to PCA by institutions to be considered official.

The maximum number of credits transferable towards a degree at PCA is 60, which means that the highest level a student can transfer as is Junior, with two years to complete your degree at PCA. The level you will be transferring as will be determined by the admissions office after evaluating the number of credits transferable towards the chosen degree.

On the Admissions page of our website, you will also find useful information about financing your education.

Can I come to PCA as a study abroad student?

Paris College of Art offers an extraordinary study abroad program for college sophomores and juniors, or those with undergraduate degrees who wish to spend a semester or year experiencing the art, design, and culture of Paris. PCA has an extensive exchange network of art & design universities around the world. Students join us from within our exchange network or from numerous other schools around the globe.

This is a non degree program, but you have the freedom of choosing from our vast array of courses to create a rigorous and stimulating curriculum that matches your academic needs and interests. You can focus your studies on one departmental area or create a multidisciplinary selection.

We recommend you reach out to your home campus advisor before starting the application process to check if your school has a special partnership with PCA or not yet.

Applicants into the Study Abroad at PCA program must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

  • Online application + Application Fee (50€)
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio or Design Analysis Essay
  • Official transcript (last 3 years in school)
  • Course Approval Form
  • TOEFL or IELTS test score (if applicable)
  • Phone or In-Person Interview

You will find detailed instructions for each application material required on the admission section of our website. Note that transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to PCA by institutions to be considered official.

Does PCA offer financial assistance?

Approximately 30% of PCA students receive financial assistance from the school. Applying for assistance is not difficult but does take time to fill out the forms correctly and to provide us with documentation of your financial situation. To receive the best possible package of financial assistance you should apply for PCA Financial Assistance as soon as you have submitted your application for admission.

UNDERGRADUATE

Tuition at Paris College of Art for the Undergraduate Program is 13,800 € per semester. Under certain conditions, we provide scholarships, loans, and on-campus internships to international students with financial need and/or academic merit to help pay their tuition costs; they can cover up to 50% of the tuition fee. Once students apply for admissions to Paris College of Art, they have access to our financial assistance application in the Admission Section of mon.paris.edu

More information here: Financing your Education

GRADUATE

Tuition at Paris College of Art for the Graduate Program is 27,600€ for the year for international students or 13,800€ for EU/EEA/CH nationals. Under certain conditions, we provide scholarships, loans, and on-campus internships to international students (non EU/EEA/CH) with financial need and/or academic merit to help pay their tuition costs, they can cover up to 50% of the tuition cost. Once students apply for admissions to Paris College of Art, they have access to our financial assistance application in the Admission Section of mon.paris.edu

More information here: Financing your Education

COLLEGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP)

All students who are awarded Financial Assistance are required to participate in the CAP program, and complete an assigned number of hours each semester, on campus, assisting an academic or administrative department. The hours that they complete reduce their following semester’s tuition due; if the student wishes, a portion of the award can be received as a monthly stipend. Participation in the College Assistance Program is mandatory as it has a direct affect on financial need assessment. Should a student fail to complete all of the assigned hours of their CAP, their total financial assistance package will be lowered upon annual renewal.

INSTITUTIONAL LOAN

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Certificate, and International (Non-EU) Graduate Students.

Following are the conditions of the Paris College of Art Student Loan Program:

The loan will be made during the period of your education at Paris College of Art and will not be due for payment until you have completed your Paris College of Art degree.

There will be no interest levied on this loan.

As an incentive for and acknowledgement of good PCA community citizenship and academic success, all or part of the amount due on the loan will be reduced when you graduate according to the schedule below, given the following conditions are met:
1) You faithfully adhere to the Paris College of Art Code of Conduct. Infringement of the Code of Conduct will result in immediate loss of the privilege of loan forgiveness.
2) You complete the obligations of your CAP award and comply with the CAP Code of Conduct. Infringement of the CAP Code of Conduct will result in immediate loss of the privilege of loan forgiveness.
3) You complete your degree at Paris College of Art. Students who leave PCA before graduating lose the privilege of loan forgiveness.

Loan Reduction level based on Cumulative GPA at Graduation from Paris College of Art:

100% – 3.75 or better

75% – 3.5 to 3.74

50% – 3.0 to 3.49

25% – 2.5 to 2.99

0% – 2.49 and under

You can find more information here: https://www.paris.edu/admissions/financing-your-education/

How much does PCA cost?

UNDERGRADUATE, CERTIFICATE, & STUDY ABROAD AT PCA PROGRAMS
Includes all school fees and is applicable for the Fall & Spring terms for all full-time programs
Per Semester Tuition Fee – 13,800 €

GRADUATE PROGRAMS
MA in Transdisciplinary New Media | MA in Accessories Design | MA in Fashion Design | MA in Fashion Film & Photography | MA in Interior Design
Total Cost (including Fall & Spring Semesters)
International Students – 27,600 € | EU/EEA/CH Students – 13,800 €

MFA in Transdisciplinary New Media
Total Cost (including Fall & Spring Semesters)
Year 1: International Students – 27,600 € | EU/EEA/CH Students – 13,800 €
Year 2: International Students – 18,140 € | EU/EEA/CH Students – 9,200 €

Estimated Cost of Living per Semester
Housing 3,800 € | Personal / Meals 2,000 € | Books and supplies 700 € | Local transportation 175 €

In addition, there is a one time, annual health insurance fee (French Social Security) of 215 €

What is the language of instruction at PCA?

All of PCA’s programs are taught in English, and we encourage our students to study French while with us, so that they can take full advantage of their time in Paris.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency to be successful. As part of the Admissions process, non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores, so that we may evaluate their level of English proficiency.

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.

When do I need to apply by?

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

Undergraduate/Certificate

Fall Entry

Review Round                                                          Decisions

Round 1: by November 15                                         by December 1

Round 2: by February 1                                             by February 15

Round 3: by March 15                                                by April 1

Round 4: by June 1                                                     by June 15

Round 5: After June 1 (based on available spaces)

Spring Entry

Review Round                                                          Decisions

Round 1: by September 15                                        by October 1

Round 2: by October 1                                               by October 15

Round 3: by November 15                                         by December 1

Round 4: after November 15                                     after December 1 (based on available spaces)

Graduate

Review Round                                                              Decisions

Round 1: by February 1                                                 by February 15

Round 2: by April 1                                                        by April 15

Round 3:                                                                        after April 1 (based on available spaces)

Study Abroad

Spring Entry

Priority deadline:  November 1, decisions by November 15

Fall Entry

Priority deadline: April 1, decisions by April 15

Please keep in mind when applying that the visa process may take up to two months!

Do you have a brochure I can look at?

You can view our general catalog here: Paris College of Art Catalog and complete our inquiry form to receive links to download all of your catalogs and brochures.

Can I skip the Foundation year?

The Foundation year in the US system and in our school is not a preparation course, but the first year of the 4-year degree, and therefor is required. However, students who have completed a foundation year elsewhere can apply for transfer entry into the second year of the BFA program.

Foundation year is a transdisciplinary year, common to every degree, where every student acquires a common vocabulary and techniques. It provides a wider approach to one’s anticipated major and help you choose your field of study.

 

What is the Certificate Program?

The Certificate is a one-year non-degree program ideally suited for the mature student who already has an undergraduate degree and wishes to complete his/her education with professional art and design concentration. During this year, students are placed into sophomore or junior level of the courses according to level of proficiency.

Certificate students with the guidance of their Academic Advisor develop an individualized program specifically catered to their needs and interests. Example of certificate program curricula is available on this page.

Areas of study include: Communication Design; Design Management; Fashion Design; Fine Arts;  Interior Design and Photography.

Can you tell me if I am admissable?

The Admissions Committee can not answer this question until they have reviewed the all of the required application materials.

What are the requirements to be accepted to the graduate programs?

Applicants for Graduate Programs must have successfully completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree by the time they apply for the program. Before enrollment, students must submit final official transcripts showing proof that they have completed their undergraduate degree. As well, applicants should have taken at least two art or design history courses at the undergraduate level.

Certain elective courses may be made mandatory to shore up skills that may otherwise be lacking.

I am interested in Summer courses, can you tell me more about them?

We are busy developing an exciting offering of courses for Summer ’18 and will publish them in November 2017. In the meantime, review our courses from Summer ’17 to get an idea of the types of programs we offer.

Courses are available either for credit or non-credit. Those participants who enroll with credit will receive a grade and an official transcript upon completion of their course(s), which may allow them to apply these college-level credits to current or future studies. Most schools and universities accept these credits; please consult an academic advisor at your home institution for further details regarding its credit transfer and approval policy.

In order to promote a greater sense of community for students enrolled in our summer program, communal student housing is encouraged for all. We offer two housing options, one for minors (under 18) and the other for students aged 18 and above, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuition fees are listed with each course; you will be able to select the credit or non-credit option of your choice when registration opens:

Early Bird Pricing – Purchase by January 31, 2018
2-week Courses | Non Credit: 1275 € | 2 Credits: 1700 €

Regular Price after January 31
2-week Courses | Non Credit: 1500 € | 2 Credits: 2000 €

Can I come visit the school? Can I have more information?

Campus Tours

Student-led tours are organized every week during the following times:
Mondays / 11am
Wednesdays / 2pm
Fridays / 2pm

Make sure to book your tour and info session before arrival on our booking page; we can not accommodate visits outside of the established schedule.

 

Schedule an Online Appointment

The Admissions Office is open from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm

If you are unable to visit us in person, our student staff would be happy to meet you online and provide information about the school and programs. In order to do so, please check availabilities on our booking page; and schedule your appointment!

After the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor, who will be able to provide more information about the programs, application process and offer guidance. Don’t hesitate to bring your portfolio and ask for feedback!

Can I study part-time at PCA?

Qualified students may enroll in individual, credited courses on a space-available basis. First, we recommend you check our course offering. Please note that the courses have a limit of enrollment and the Full-Time students have the priority. You will be accepted in the course only if that limit is not reached.

Once you know which courses you would like to take, you will have to fill in a registration form and submit a 50-euro application fee; send us your transcript from the last three years in school. Once we have received the materials mentioned above, contact our Registrar Alana Manga to schedule an appointment and register for classes. Please note that you will be billed for these courses on a per credit basis. This means you be charged 1160 euros x the number of credits enrolled for, there is no financial assistance available for a part-time study plan.

Also, note that we can not provide part-time students with the paper work needed to obtain a visa.

If I'm admitted, what are the housing options?

Paris College of Art does not provide housing. However, admitted students are provided with information about several different housing options, designed to accommodate students’ needs, preferences and budgets. Whether students wish to live in student’s residences, homestays or independent apartments, Student Life provides individualized support in securing housing and settling in Paris.

How do I go about getting a student visa?

The Student Life office guides students through each step of the visa and resident permit process, streamlining the process and responding to student questions.

Students from outside of the European Community must apply for and receive a student visa before entering France. Students must apply for a visa in their country of origin and are encouraged to do so as early as possible, as the process can take up to several months. Upon arrival in France, students studying for more than one semester are required to apply for a one year, renewable resident permit called a carte de séjour.

More information about the visa application process can be found on the Campus France website: http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/

What kind of student is PCA looking for?

Paris College of Art seeks creative, academically 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, whether it be at the undergraduate or graduate level. 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 PCA Portfolio or Design Analysis Essay, the Personal Statement, school transcripts and test scores, and a phone or in-person interview.

The academic year routinely starts at the beginning of September. Secondary school students or transfer students who have not completed a foundation year should apply for the first-year Foundation program. Students may apply to transfer into the second semester of the Foundation sequence if they have taken equivalent coursework elsewhere. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to decide which of the Foundation sequences the student may enter into based on the student’s portfolio and transcripts.

I don't have a TOELF or an IELTS score yet, what do I do?

The admissions committee is able to review an application and make a decision pending the TOEFL or IELTS test score, but in this case, the student might be admitted upon condition that their score matches our requirements, and will have to submit their official test score in November (Spring Entry) or July (Fall Entry) at the latest. Check the admissions section our website for more information about minimum test scores.