Program Overview

The semester program is a concentrated, intensive experience of our three-year Fashion Program, which prepares aspiring designers by giving them a firm foundation in design techniques as well as the professional skills needed to succeed in the fashion industry. Students learn tailoring, embroidery, draping, flat pattern, and fashion drawing. Students may also participate in the internship program, which will give them practical experience with a range of fashion and design applications, from concept to finished garment.

Students in the fashion program have the opportunity to focus on one of three specializations: Couture Techniques, Design Process, or Fashion Merchandising & Communication. Coursework will be tailored to the students’ specializations, along with shared coursework in core areas.

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Course Details

Haute Couture / Sewing

This course encompasses both theory and practical demonstrations in couture techniques. Students will be guided through a variety of exercises and case studies to explore different construction methods, which may then be practically applied to garment construction in other courses.

French Draping / Flat Pattern

This course is designed to utilize French draping techniques in exploring a variety of garments and elements such as sleeves, collars, frills, pants, and shirts. Students will utilize both flat pattern techniques and French draping techniques in cutting fabric for a garment.

Fashion Design / Design Process

Students will be taught how to knit, and they will learn how to work with stitches to build different volumes and shapes. According to the student’s level, a knitted garment will be produced and students will eventually present their swatches and their knitted piece.

Textiles / Hat Workshop

This course considers the study of different techniques that can be used to decorate or create a piece of clothing. The use of embroidery, sequences, beads, ribbons, pleats, fringes, and other textiles will be examined in the context of decoration and embellishment, as well as in the construction and realization of a new garment. A workshop in hat construction and decoration will also be provided.

Fabric Studies

This course encompasses the study of different types of fabric and the techniques associated with each. Students will work with a variety of fabrics through practical demonstrations and exercises, ultimately creating a book of fabric samples to use as an individual catalogue.

Historical Fashion Research

This course provides an intensive study of different types of sleeves that have appeared throughout fashion history. Students will examine how different fashion ideas from the past have informed and inspired the new forms that we see today.

Luxury Industry

This course is designed specifically for students in the merchandising track. Students will study the nature of the international luxury industry and its modern-day media from both an organizational and a merchandising perspective, with a view into how journalism and trend-forecasting are used by luxury brands today.

History of Brands

This course is designed specifically for students in the merchandising track. It will cover the history of well-known French fashion brands, enhancing the student’s understanding and knowledge of the fashion industry and its foundations.

Art History / Fashion History

This course traces the history of haute couture and the major fashion developments from the 20th century to the turn of our century. Topics include: “Les Années Folles” Week, WWII fashion, the new look of the 1950’s, mini-skirt and women’s lib, the 1970’s-1990’s, and the turn of the century (2000s). The curriculum considers historical events as well as stylistic changes in fashion. Students will be taught the basics of fashion history through both lectures and off-site visits, according to availability.

French as a Second Language

The FLE program (French as a second language) is divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each level uses a program based on 24 lessons, with one lesson covered each week that delves into grammar, thematic vocabulary, and practical application on both an oral and written level. Oral skills are emphasized, since the principal objective of these courses is to encourage communication in correct French.

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Structure

Semester Program (Fall or Spring) Fall Semester Spring Semester
FA 101 – Sewing / Haute Couture I 3 3
FA 102 – Flat Pattern / Draping I 3 3
FA 103 – Fashion Design I 3 3
FA 104 – Textiles I 3 3
FA 105 – Costume Research I 3 3
GE 101 – Art History I 3
FA 108 – Fashion History I 3
 Total Credits  18  18

 

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Tuition

Fall Term 2017 (1 term only)

Program Dates: September 12, 2017 – December 21, 2017

Application Fee: 70€

Tuition: 7,900€

Optional Housing: 4600€ (shared accommodation in furnished apartment in the vicinity of the school)

Please note that supplies are not included.

 

Spring Term 2018 (1 term only)

Program Dates: January 16, 2018 – May 4, 2018

Application Fee: 70€

Tuition: 7,900€

Optional Housing: 4600€ (shared accommodation in furnished apartment in the vicinity of the school)

Please note that supplies are not included.

Richard Roy Scholarship

Applicants who have been accepted to study at the Paris American Academy may apply for partial scholarships through the Richard Roy Scholarship Fund. These scholarships range in value from 1,000€ to 3,000€ off tuition, and from 300€ to 1300€ off housing.

Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship must submit a brief personal statement (1-2 paragraphs) along with their application. This statement should emphasize the student’s personal and educational background, demonstrating why he / she is in need of financial assistance and how a scholarship might benefit the student’s professional goals.

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FAQ

What’s different about the PAA degree program?

The Paris American Academy’s goal is to prepare students academically, personally, and professionally for successful careers. The programs, policies, and teaching methods have been designed to implement this philosophy and are evaluated periodically and changed as necessary, to meet the needs of our students and the ever-changing professional industries.

What kind of experience do the professors at PAA have?

At PAA, you’ll learn from professors with real-world experience in the fields that they teach. They’ll share accumulated knowledge and offer relevant, meaningful support as you focus on your future and prepare your post-graduate career.

I am in Paris visiting schools. Can I come tour the Academy?

We would be pleased to welcome you. If you are in the Paris area and would like to set up an appointment to tour the school, please email the Admissions department here: info@parisamericanacademy.fr

Which language is the curriculum taught in?

All of our programs are taught in English, as we receive students from all over the world. Students at PAA can benefit from French language courses integrated into their programs. We are proud of the bilingual tradition of our school, which often teaches students from more than 20 different nationalities in a single year.

When I arrive at the airport in Paris, how will I get to the school?

We work closely with a shuttle service and can arrange a pick up for you from the airport to the school.

What events, fairs, or professional exhibitions happen each year in Paris that relate to my field of study?

We try to encourage students to get involved in extracurricular activities to complement their learning. The following is a sample of the events students may attend during their program:

JANUARY: Meuble Paris, Maison et Objet, Couture Shows, Now Design, Menswear Shows, Who’s Next, Pret-a-porter

FEBRUARY: Premier Vision

MARCH: Women’s Ready to Wear Shows, Book Fair

APRIL / MAY: Foire de Paris

JUNE: Menswear Shows

JULY: Haute Couture women’s wear shows, 14th July Bastille Day celebrations, Paris Plage, open-air cinema festival

SEPTEMBER: Meuble Paris, Paris Design Week, Maison et Objet, Premier Vision, Now Design, Jour de la Patrimoine, Pret-a-porter, Who’s Next

OCTOBER: Pret-a-porter, Nuit Blanche, Les Puces du Design, Women’s Ready to Wear Shows

NOVEMBER: Batimat

Are the fashion students able to participate in the various shows that happen around Paris during fashion week?

Yes, the Academy is often called upon for fashion students to help backstage at various fashion shows throughout the year.

Where can I buy art supplies and what is the estimated amount I can expect to pay for supplies?

Stationery and art supplies are more expensive in Paris than in other major cities worldwide, and you are advised to bring with you as much as possible without encumbering yourself. We estimate the full cost of materials for the Academic Year for students in Fashion and Interior Design to be 800 euros. You may qualify for a 5% to 15% discount in certain art shops upon presentation of the PAA student card. Rather than having you buy books, PAA encourages you to make use of the wealth of public libraries which abound in Paris.

Art Supply Shops:

The following shops are recommended for the purchase of art supplies. They are all within walking distance or a short bus ride from PAA.

  • Adam, 11 rue Edgar Quinet 75014
  • L’Art du Papier, 48 rue Vavin 75006
  • Berty, 41 rue Claude Bernard 75005 (the closest shop)
  • Casteluchio Diana, 125 blvd Montparnasse 75006
  • Dubois-Merlin-Denis, 20 rue Soufflot 75005
  • Gattegno, 13 rue de la Grande Chaumière 75006
  • Sennelier, 3 quai Voltaire 75007 & 4bis rue de la Grande Chaumière 75006
  • Charbonnel, 13 quai Montebello 75005
  • Joseph Gibert, blvd Saint-Michel 75005
  • Drawing supplies: Dubois, Berty, Gilbert, and Damours
  • Crayons: Charbonnel, Berty, Gibert
  • Transfer Paper: Charbonnel, Gibert
  • Items such as typing paper, sepia, cheap brushes, water color paper, tracing paper, and erasers can be quickly and easily obtained at the news stand at 18 rue des Feuillantines, around the corner from PAA.
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