Paris is known to be one of Europe’s great cultural centres. Time spent studying at its historic design colleges and picking up French language skills will look fantastic on your CV. If you want to work in fashion, a strong working knowledge of French is very important if you want to be taken seriously in all aspects of the industry. Paris Fashion week is probably the industry’s most important event – a showcase at which future talent is recognised and important business relationships are made.
Parsons is a very well respected design college in New York – one of the truly recognised names amongst visual arts colleges worldwide. Their Paris campus offers students to study in the English language medium, surrounded by the cultural and design environment of France. Students are admitted at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supplemental courses in business, environmental studies and other subjects can be taken. There is plenty of nearby accommodation for students wishing to make this a short study trip, with prices in the range found at Tofino hotels.
École des Beaux-Arts
This 350 year old fine art school is Paris’ most historic fine art college. Today, the school is at the forefront of contemporary art practice in the city. It’s located on the historic left bank – the traditional homeland of the arts in Paris. Its list of famous tutors and successful alumni is incredibly impressive, as is its roster of guest speakers and other contemporary art calendar events.
Universite Paris Sorbonne
The Sorbonne offers courses across many disciplines, including Arts, Languages, Human Sciences and Education (its possible to qualify as a teacher through training with the Sorbonne). As such, it’s a great place to study for artists and designers wishing to expand their knowledge of other subject areas in order to complement their studio practice and research.
For fine artists, Paris has easy proximity to other centres of the art world such as Berlin, Hamburg and Barcelona. Picking up an undergraduate, masters, or some study credits at a Paris institution is sure to make you stand out from other graduates. Do not underestimate the importance of work contacts also – Paris is a fantastic global city in which to network and launch your career in the visual arts. Government support for the arts has not dwindled to the extent it has within the UK and you are sure to meet other like-minded people from all over the world.