On Summer in Paris, you will learn or polish up your French while taking unique fine-arts-related courses taught in English. You will take classes in the heart of Paris, just minutes from the Louvre, with all that this amazing city has to offer. While your courses are technically classroom based, you’ll spend the majority of your class time out in the city painting, photographing, and drawing.
GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.
How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.
Course load: 2 classes (6 US credits)
Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 3–4 classes approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Course descriptions and catalog: Choose 2 of the following 3-credit courses.
ART 376: Photography in Paris: Shooting Like the Masters 1PM - 4PM
In many regards, Paris is the birthplace of photography, making it the ideal place to develop your skills and historical knowledge of it. Whether you are a rank beginner or an accomplished photographer, Paris will inspire you. This digital photography course maximizes your time on the streets of Paris; you’ll develop your skills on assignment and in the field. By researching, observing, and emulating such great Parisian photographers as Eugene Atget, Robert Doisneau, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, you’ll learn various ways of depicting this great city in all its complexity. Please see the syllabus for more information.
ART 376: Painting in “Plein Air” in Paris 9AM - 12PM
This course will explore the pleasures of "plein air" painting in Paris, with the city itself as our classroom. "Plein air" literally means "in open air" but has come to mean any painting done outside the confines of the studio. June is a lovely time of year in Paris, and there are many outdoor settings where you can set up your materials and learn painting technique. Do a study of Notre Dame's facade, a sidewalk café, or even a Bateau Mouche as it floats down the River Seine. This course will teach you how to capture the visual dynamics of the city in paint. Through weekly instruction you will learn to work effectively with color, value structure, and atmospheric as well as linear perspective. All levels of artistic ability will be accommodated, from rank beginners to near professionals. Join us! Please see the syllabus for more information.
ARH 376 – Paris: the Politics of Art (1643-1870) 9AM - 12PM
This course will examine the politics of making art in France from the rise of Louis XIV, during the Baroque period, to the fall of Napoleon III’s Second Empire and decline in the Académie’s control over official taste and aesthetics. Students will explore the role of artists and visual representation in promoting a diverse range of politics and ideology, communicated through propagandistic imagery, patriotic public spectacles, and performances of power in France. The course will touch upon a variety of artistic styles and influential individuals including: the Sun King, Louis XV, Mme Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Rousseau, Diderot, Comte d'Angiviller, Mme Goeffrin, Robespierre, Marquis de Lafayette, Napoleon, Josaphine, Charles X, Louis Phillipe, Comte de Nieuwerkerke, Napoleon III, Baudelaire; as well the artists: Charles LeBrun, Fragonard, Watteau, Vigée Le Brun, JL David and the Davidian School, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, Vernet, Delaroche, Couture, Daumier, Daguerre, Courbet, Manet, Degas, Pissarro, Monet, Gérôme, and Bouguereau. Instruction will be on site with visits throughout the city’s major monuments and museums. Please see the syllabus for more information.
French Language (Beginner-Intermediate) (afternoons)
Taught by native French speakers, this French-language course will develop your written and spoken French. A small class size means intensive practical training in speaking and understanding art-historical concepts. Experiential learning is also a focus in this language course so that participants will feel as though they truly use the language they learn in this engaging model.
*Please note: The French-language course is not required, but we do strongly recommend that you take it!
*Paris courses must have a minimum of six students enrolled.