Paris College of Art

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Paris College of Art
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Paris College of Art (PCA) is an international college of art and design with U.S degree-granting authority and accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) located in Paris, France.[1] PCA's mission is to provide the highest standard of art and design education, taught within an American pedagogical paradigm, while being influenced and informed by their French and European environment.[2]


In 1981 the school was established as a French Association (type 1901) under the name “École Parsons à Paris”. From 1986 until 2010, the school had a relationship with Parsons The New School for Design, and was known as "Parsons Paris"[3]. Since 2010 it is no longer associated with Parsons The New School and is an independent institution.[4] Paris College of Art (PCA) has 300 students and 100 faculty members coming from more than 50 different countries.


Front: Paris College of Art headquarters in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Sacré-Cœur at the back.

PCA has accreditation from the United States National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is part of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (CUMULUS). It is also recognized by the Rectorat de Paris as an establishment of higher education. Its partnerships include agreements and research with the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Les Arts Décoratifs, and La Maison Lesage. Degree courses are taught in English.[5]

Paris College of Art offers the following programs:

Undergraduate Degree Programs[edit]

Bachelor of Fine Arts[edit]

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)[edit]

Graduate Degree Programs[edit]

Study Abroad Programs[edit]

Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA)[edit]

Focusing on direct matriculation, CUPA provides a study-abroad experience in Paris to students from US colleges and universities.

PCA Study Abroad[edit]

A study abroad option for college juniors and seniors in an intensive semester or year-long program.

PCA Summer[edit]

PCA offers summer courses in art, art history, design, culture, and language city of Paris. Levels include pre-college, college, and adult options. Students are encouraged to draw on Paris' cultural heritage for inspiration, and are often taken on trips around the city during classes.

Non-Degree Programs[edit]

  • Certificate Programs: an intensive one-year curriculum focused on a specific discipline, this program is aimed at mature students wishing to change career, refine a design portfolio, or prepare for entering a Masters degree program.

Cultural Partnerships[edit]

Paris College of Art has partnerships with cultural institutions in Paris and overseas, giving their students access to prestigious research facilities and offering them guidance in the artistic, entrepreneurial, design and cultural field.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Accredited Institutions Search". National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  2. ^ "Paris College of Art". Top Universities. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  3. ^ "History & Leadership — PCA". PCA. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  4. ^ Bibby Sowray (13 November 2012) "Parsons heads to Paris" Archived 2013-06-21 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  5. ^ "Paris College of Art". Top Universities. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  6. ^ "Cultural Partnerships & Research Resources — PCA". PCA. Retrieved 2017-06-06.

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