Summer Programs

2021 Registration is now closed

Check back in November for information on Summer 2022 courses

The Paris College of Art Summer Program offers an exciting set of courses with a modern edge in the historically and artistically rich city of Paris. In these two-week long courses, introductory through advanced level students will explore art, design, culture, and language.

An international faculty comprised of professional artists and designers will guide you through the colorful streets and neighborhoods of Paris. Through field trips to museums, studios, boutiques, and design organizations, you will take advantage of the abundant resources the city has to offer; Paris will serve as both a subject matter and a source of inspiration. Studio work, lectures, and independent research projects will help you to develop new skills, refine your understanding of art and design, and create portfolio pieces for college or graduate school admissions.

Please see below for detailed information about the Summer 2021 program schedule, payment, credit options, housing, and more. Information on Summer 2022 courses and registration will be published in the fall; in the meantime, you can get an idea of the types of courses we offer and the general structure of the program by browsing the 2021 offerings below.

Questions? Please see our Summer FAQ page.

Please note that students must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the program to be eligible to participate.

Browse all classes in an interactive PDF

Explore our Course Offerings by Level

Session Dates, Areas of Study, & Schedule

2021 Session Dates

Session 1: June 14 – June 25, 2021
Session 1B: June 21 – June 25, 2021
Session 2: June 28 – July 9, 2021
Session 3: July 12 – July 23, 2020*

2022 Session Dates

Session 1: June 13 – June 24, 2022
Session 2: June 27 – July 8, 2022
Session 3: July 11 – July 22, 2022*

*School closed on July 14 for French National Holiday

Courses can be taken independently or consecutively.

Enrollment is subject to availability. 

Areas of Study

Liberal Studies, Art History, Fashion, Interior Design, Fine Arts, Photography, Film, French Language & Culture, Art Education.


All courses are two-weeks long*, are taught intensively (five days a week, from 9am to 5pm), and only one class may be taken at a time. Some undergraduate and adult level courses will require independent student research and participation in group projects. These challenging assignments will allow students to gain an enhanced personal creative identity.

*with the exception of the 1-week “Back to Foundation: Professional Development for Art Educators” course

Levels, Language, Prerequisites, & Credit Options


Pre-College: High school students 16+ and students who have not yet completed their first year of university. All students must be at least 16 years old at the start of the program.
College & Continuing Education: Current college and graduate students, working professionals, adults in other professions with an interest in art, etc. Must be at least 19 years old or have completed at least one year of university at the start of the program.
Open to All: Open to all students age 16+

Please note: most courses include a range of age and experience.

Language of Instruction

All courses are taught in English. Some studio courses may be open to French bilingual students with limited English skills; please see course pages for details.


The program is for students with a strong interest in art and design, art history, and photography. Classes are intensive and rigorous, and require independent student research and work in project teams in a professional setting. Please check the level and prerequisite section of the syllabus of the course you are interested in before registering.

Academic Credit

All 2-week summer courses are worth 2 credits. Participants 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.

Students also have the option to audit courses (non-credit option), meaning they will have the same classroom experience but will not receive an official transcript or grade for their course(s).

In order to maintain the academic excellence of all classes, students who audit their course(s) are required to abide by the same academic policies outlined in the course syllabus and must participate in all class sessions, including the final presentation. Failure to comply with these policies will be grounds for dismissal from the program without reimbursement. Auditors will receive a certificate of completion at the end of their course.

Please note: If you do not register for credit at the time of enrollment you will NOT be able to receive credit at a later date.

Tuition Fees, Payment, Cancellations, & Refunds

Tuition and Fees for Summer 2021 (subject to change for Summer 2022)

Tuition fees are listed with each course and do not include housing, transit, or meals. When you register for your course(s), select the appropriate credit or non-credit (audit) option of your choice. Early bird rate is available until February 15, 2021, at midnight (Paris local time).

Early Bird Rate (valid until Feb. 15) – 2 Credit: €1870 | Audit: €1405
Standard Rate (after Feb. 15) –  2 Credit: €2200 | Audit: €1650

Payment Options

Please consult the PCA Payment Terms and Conditions before submitting payment.

Payment by Credit Card Online:

Payment is made when registering for courses online. Only Mastercard and Visa are accepted.

Payment by Bank Transfer:

If you are unable to pay by credit card, we can process your registration manually and permit you to pay by wire transfer. Please fill out this registration form (Word doc format available for download here) and send it to We will then send you an invoice and the following instructions for payment by wire transfer.

Please be sure to mention “Summer” and the student’s full name in the subject line/reason for transfer so that we can properly identify your payment. It is IMPERATIVE to identify the transfer with the student’s full name. If a transfer is not identified, Paris College of Art will not be able to credit it to the appropriate student.

Payment by bank transfer must be made in euros, with all associated fees at the expense of the sender/registrant, to the following account:

Account holder: PCA – Paris College of Art
Bank: Société Générale
SG PARIS XV (03530) 164 rue de Javel 75739 Paris
IBAN:  FR76 3000 3031 9000 1206 3930 660

Please note that we do not accept payments in installments for summer courses. Regardless of the amount sent, if the amount we receive is less than your total balance due, we will be unable to finalize your registration until we receive the remaining amount.


Cancellation requests must be made in writing to Paris College of Art at with in copy.

A confirmation of your cancellation will be emailed back to you.

Tuition Reimbursement Schedule

Up to 30 days before course start*: Full refund of tuition including registration fee.
Between 29 and 15 days before course start:
Refund of tuition minus 20% (representing the registration fee), OR apply full tuition to Summer 2022.
14 days and less before course start: No tuition refunds.**

*Tuition refunds will be calculated based on the start date of the student’s first session if the student is registered for multiple courses.
**Please note: As we did last year, we will closely monitor the global health situation and adjust our cancellation policies accordingly. Reimbursement or course deferral without penalty will be granted in the case of covid-related travel restrictions, given that the cancellation request is made in a timely manner following the announcement of such restrictions.

Paris College of Art reserves the right to cancel classes that do not reach sufficient enrollment. In this event, students will be offered the opportunity to register for a different course or receive a full refund for tuition payment. Classes will be confirmed or cancelled in early May.

Housing Reimbursement Schedule

Before end of workday (CET), May 5, 2021: 100% of Housing fee
After May 5: 0%

The person who made the initial payment must make the request for reimbursement in writing to the Business Office at with in copy. Be sure to include to whom the reimbursement should be made, and give all necessary bank details for wire.

The date of your email to the Business Office is the date considered in the calculation of your refund. Refunds will be made within 60 days.

Reimbursement for Visa Refusal or Travel Restrictions

Students who need to obtain a student visa are encouraged to register and submit tuition payment pending visa approval. Should the visa be denied before arrival, all tuition fees will be reimbursed with sufficient documentation demonstrating that all required paperwork was submitted in a reasonable timeframe for processing by the local Consulate.
Students who are unable to travel to Paris due to covid-19 travel restrictions are entitled to a full refund. We ask that you notify us as soon as possible, at the latest 2 weeks before the course begins.

Presidential Merit Scholarship

PCA is proud to offer the Presidential Merit Scholarship to one exceptional student each summer. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for one 2-week summer course (contingent upon space available and meeting minimum enrollment), not including materials, housing, meals, or other personal needs. Students who wish to be considered should apply via this form. On the form you will be asked to submit a letter of motivation (no more than 500 words) detailing the course they want to take, why they want to take it, and what the scholarship would mean to them. The scholarship application is due by April 1st, and the winner will be announced by May 1st. If you wish to take a summer course regardless of whether or not you win the scholarship, you should also submit the normal summer registration form in order to guarantee your spot.

Housing, Meals & Student Budget


In order to promote a greater sense of community for students enrolled in our Summer Program, communal student housing is encouraged for all.

Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: direct housing reservations close by April 1 as availability is not guaranteed any longer after that date. However, you are welcome to enquire about housing availabilities after finalizing your course registration. Please contact for any housing-related questions or requests.

Find more information about housing options according to age under the Explore our Housing Options tab above.


Meals are not provided. Students receive lists of supermarkets, inexpensive restaurants, and cafés in the neighborhood of the residence and school. Food expenses are estimated to range from 20 to 30 Euros per day.



Students provide their own supplies. A list of required materials will be sent to each student before the start of the program. Expenses for supplies are estimated at between 30 and 150 Euros.

Student Budget

While in Paris, budgets vary greatly depending on the person, but below are some sample costs:

  • Public Transportation pass : €22.80 / week
  • Food per day: about €20 if eating out
  • Lunch in bakery : €5-8
  • Lunch in café or restaurant : €11-25
  • Museum or cinema entry : 7-15 € (often free for EU citizens under 26)
  • Course Materials: this depends on the course you are interested in, please check the course syllabi online for a list of materials and supplies required
  • Note that all museum visits scheduled by your teacher are included in the price of the course

Travel, Visas, & Health Insurance


In some cases students may need to obtain a visa prior to the start of the program. Obtaining visas takes time. Please make your application early. Citizens of the European Union do not need visas. If you are unsure whether you require a visa please contact your local French consulate.

Please note: while US citizens are normally not required to obtain a visa for short summer study abroad in France there has been some discussion of this regulation changing. Please check with your local French consulate.

Travel Arrangements to Paris

Students make their own travel arrangements. To plan your travels please refer to the program calendar.
Here are some discount websites:

Health Insurance

Students are responsible for their own Health Insurance. If you don’t have a Health Insurance plan that will cover you during your stay in France, you can contact the following two companies to get one: