Program Overview

The semester program is a concentrated, intensive experience of our three-year Interior Design Program, which prepares aspiring designers by providing them with a firm foundation in the critical skills and techniques needed to enter the professional design world.

Students undertake both a theoretical and practical course of study in the domains of materials, textures, light, color, and atmospheres, as well as in computer-aided design and presentation techniques. Through a series of workshops and conferences with specialists, students will learn how to design, construct, communicate, present, and sell their own projects.

In addition to undertaking an intensive study in all aspects of the design process and representation techniques, students are introduced to the full spectrum of the professional design world through a comprehensive series of visits by professionals working on all sides of the industry, from pop-up stores to architectural firms. Students will perform mock interviews for internships and study quote preparation in anticipation of entry into the professional design world, and they will have the opportunity to present their work to invited guests at jury presentations.

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Unit Detail

Year 2

ID201 Construction and Theory II

This course will further develop students’ understanding of construction details, techniques, and materials used in construction. Students will enhance their facility with these different techniques and materials through lectures, demonstrations, class exercises, and various visits to many design centers throughout Paris.

ID203 Product Design

Students will deepen their understanding of the aesthetic aspects of objects, as well as their technical and production possibilities. The aim of this course is to develop the “philosophy” of product design as it relates to interior design, and to allow students the opportunity to create objects that could be produced and eventually sold on the market.

ID204 Perspective II

This course is designed to further the student’s knowledge of perspective and rendering techniques. The goal of the semester is to attain fluency in the language of spatial representation, with increasingly complex representation demanded in the proposed drawing exercises. Students will progress beyond 2-point perspective and learn to project forms and shadows requiring 3 or 4 vanishing points. Students will also explore the representation of light by analyzing its behavior in different spatial situations.

ID205 Computer Aided Design

This course builds upon students’ experience with SketchUp and offers the student the opportunity to develop fundamental knowledge and skills in AutoCAD. Students will learn the basics of CAD geometry creation and manipulation using a variety of computer command inputs, including keyboard shortcuts, toolbox icons, and mouse menu selection. Students will learn the basics of both SketchUp and AutoCAD through lectures, demonstrations, and class exercises.

ID207 Presentation Techniques

This course is designed to explore presentations of one’s work in various visual forms, as well as the verbal presentation of the student’s work. The goal of the course is to create more powerful and expressive presentations through specifying the student’s ideas and enhancing the precision of a student’s visual and verbal communication. Depending on individual capacities, digital techniques such as Photoshop or Illustrator may be employed.

ID208 History of Interior Design

This course covers the history of interior design and the evolution of construction and materials from the 17th through the late 19th century. Students will be taught through lectures and on-site visits to different museums and monuments such as the Château de Versailles, the Cité de l’Architecture, and temporary exhibitions according to cultural and artistic events.

GE208 Art History

This course traces the major developments in architecture, sculptures, painting, and fashion design from the 17th century through to the 19th century. This course considers historical events as well as stylistic changes and different movements in art. Students will be taught in depth the study of the major arts of this period through both lectures and off-site visits to various museums such as Musée du Louvre, Musée Cluny, Château de Versailles, etc.

FMD203 Luxury Industry

This course, taught to both interior design students and fashion students in the merchandising track, will allow students the opportunity to design and develop a fashion boutique. Students will analyze the relationship between a company’s aesthetic and the layout of their space, including organization, materials, and color schemes.

FR French Language

This program 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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Semester Program (Fall or Spring)Fall SemesterSpring Semester
ID 101 – Construction & Theory I33
ID 102 – Technical Drawing I33
ID 103 – Product Design I33
ID 104 – Perspective I33
ID 105 – Computer Aided Design I (SketchUp)33
GE 101 – Art History I3
ID 108 – History of Interior Design I3
 Total Credits 18 18
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Fall Term 2019 (1 term only)

Program Dates: September 5, 2019 – December 20, 2019

Application Fee: 70€

Tuition: 7,900€

Optional Housing: 5100€ (shared accommodation in furnished apartment in the vicinity of the school).

Please note that supplies are not included.

Spring Term 2020 (1 term only)

Program Dates: January 16, 2020 – May 7, 2020

Application Fee: 70€

Tuition: 7,900€

Optional Housing: 5100€ (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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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:

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?

You can take public transportation from Charles-de-Gaulle airport to PAA. Take the RER B at Charles-de-Gaulle airport and stop at either Port-Royal or Luxembourg. You can also take a taxi or an Uber, or use a shuttle service via

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


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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