Cultural Partnerships & Research Resources

Paris College of Art has relationships with many of the greatest cultural institutions in and around Paris through which our students have access to extraordinary library resources, studio facilities, internships, and research opportunities.

“When I did an internship at the Bibliothèque Kandinsky I met people that were so fond of art and design. It was like having a guided visit to a different museum every day, I learned so much.”
 Flora Gouin, Design Management Alumna

Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Through this partnership, our students have access to one of the most prestigious research facilities in social science, art and design in France. Students will have the opportunity to receive guidance and support for the research and development of their theses, as well as, attend seminars and conferences.

Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs

This research library dedicated to the decorative and applied arts boasts an impressive collection of 120,000 publications – including exhibition and sale catalogues, books, periodicals, 19th-century Japanese books and scrolls, photographs, and other printed records.

Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs

Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation Library offers a research facility devoted exclusively to the visual arts of the United States from the eighteenth century to 1980, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Holdings consist of nearly 9,500 books and catalogues, including rare materials and digital resources.

Terra Foundation for American Art

The American Library of Paris

The American Library of Paris that houses a collection of more than 120,000 books, CD-ROM indexes, a periodicals collection of 500 titles (some of which date back to the 19th century) and two digital full-text and bibliographic databases offer access to more than 2,300 periodicals including a wide range of arts and humanities journals.

The American Library of Paris

La Gaîté Lyrique

La Gaîté Lyrique is a vibrant center for digital culture and arts offering an eclectic program of music, art, film, workshops, conferences, and performances, as well as a resource center, a videogame center, a media lab and a streaming platform. PCAstudents can access this resource and use its library holdings including a collection of books on digital culture, 150 periodicals specializing in digital design, catalogues, comic books and graphic novels. Faculty also have access to the facilities to hold classes on the premises.

La Gaîté Lyrique

La Réserve des Arts

La Réserve des Arts, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability and artistic innovation through re-use of waste materials, collects re-usable materials from companies and industries within the Paris region and provides these low-cost materials to art-making organizations. PCA partners with La Réserve des Arts to encourage students to work in a sustainable manner and to promote the mission of this important organization whose motto is “Ecological sustainability is a cultural revolution!”

La Réserve des Arts

Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles

The mission of the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles (CRCV) is to conduct and support research, in particular concerning the 17th and 18th centuries, on the court of Versailles and other European seats of power. This center for multidisciplinary and international exchange encourages new research and supports students and professionals in their projects. All aspects of the culture of the French court are studied at the CRCV.

The collaboration between the CRCV and PCA allows students to access the research tools of the CRCV and provides guidance and support for their research. PCA students are eligible to apply for a two-month summer internship at the CRCV.

Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles

Bibliothèque Kandinsky

The collections of this specialized, international, heritage-oriented library affiliated with the Centre Pompidou are intended for research and exhibition purposes. They are exclusively devoted to 20th and 21st century works of art, design, architecture, photography, film, video and new media. Originally reserved for museum curators, the library exceptionally allows associated researchers and students enrolled at PCA to access the collections, under the academic supervision of PCA instructors. Paris College of Art and the Bibliothèque Kandinsky have created a joint framework which provides internship opportunities for students with strong academic merit and demonstrating proficiency in French.

Bibliothèque Kandinsky

NUMA

NUMA supports entrepeneurship, they provide methodology and mentorship to individuals, communities, startups and large companies. PCA Design Management sophomores, juniors and seniors of Experience Design visited NUMA to present their research on the organizational conditions that promote innovative ecosystems. On this occasion, NUMA had the extraordinary oportunity to get feedback on how they could improve their services.

NUMA