Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings



  • 3 US credits earned per session
  • Housing: double hotel room
  • Metro pass included
  • Classes taught in English


  • Ages: 16 – 18
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, and students below this threshold are encouraged to apply. These students may be asked to submit a letter of recommendation.)
  • Completed API application
  • Grade report
  • Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores of 79 or above or IELTS scores of 6.5 or above to show proof of English proficiency
  • Entry requirements for US and EU passport holders: a valid passport
  • Entry requirements for all other international students: consult the French Consulate in your home country


Dates & Fees

SUMMER 2 2018
Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018


SUMMER 2 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Apr 15, 2018

Course Offerings


If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.



Explorations in Drawing (3)

This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand and mind coordination, plus an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students will learn to observe the world in a new way and communicate their impressions of it by drawing. Drawing is taught as an essential language for all forms of design and visual arts. The first week concentrates on the use of lines. The second week focuses on value, composition and perspective. The third week will explore methods of drawing from the imagination or process-oriented drawing. There will be short lessons, discussions on classical and contemporary artists, still life drawing, figure drawing and composition exercises in the studio. Numerous visits of museums, exhibitions and public places around Paris will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio. Guest artists will visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There will be daily critiques and exchange of ideas where students will be encouraged to talk about their work and the work of their fellow students. Discussion and reviews are a lively part of the course and all are required to participate.

Fashion Design Process (3)

This course introduces students to the process of designing for fashion. Individual and group projects encourage students to develop fashion concepts that draw on Paris’s unique resources as an epicenter of global fashion, and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. After researching to find inspiration for their own fashion collections, students experiment with innovative 2D and 3D production methods to create fashion pieces. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Fashion Photography: History and Practice (3)

This course aims at crossing theoretical and practical approaches to let students acquire basic knowledge in understanding fashion images and in creating them.

Students will learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, students will experiment practical photography techniques at a professional level in order to be able to produce a fashion shoot, from the preliminary research to the final realization in collaboration with a model. Workshops, field trips, and exhibitions are also proposed during the course.

The course will explore photographic methods that enable students to see and interpret the meaning of style. Paris is the historical capital of Haute Couture and luxury fashion, but students will also appreciate it as a city of fashion subcultures in which appearances can express social and political claims.

Graphic Design Workshop (3)

Graphic design is everywhere around you—posters, websites, T-shirts, packaging. It is a medium in which words and images merge to communicate powerful messages. In this hands-on course, students learn creative problem solving techniques and the basics of form and expressive typography. Through projects, students learn to employ narrative and storytelling methods and engage in design research, analysis, documentation, and implementation. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between individual, creative and critical thinking skills and the designer’s role within the professional arena. Topics covered include creation of the elements of brand identity programs, such as logos, publications, advertisements, and websites.home work’ assignments will be collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students of all levels are welcome and the course will be helpful and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.

Intro to Design & Management (3)

Students learn to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. In collaborative projects, they develop problem-solving skills and familiarity with design strategies through the application of research methods, prototyping, and quantitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding a European setting and perspective and the way entrepreneurs, business innovators, and designers operate at the intersection of design and management. Students engage in design thinking and business strategy exercises, applying these approaches in a broad range of enterprises and real-world business contexts.

Portfolio Design (3)

This course enables students to develop a high-quality portfolio of work for further and higher education.

This course will develop the skills and understanding to produce high standard artwork for a portfolio. Students will research, construct, and enhance appropriate work with a range of digital tools, and design a consistent portfolio. This course will develop the editing and typographic skills, to frame and present the artwork with relevance and clarity, in an articulate manner, both online and PDF format, with a range of digital tools and platforms, and prepare for admissions.

Students will familiarize themselves with life in Paris, participating in studio workshops and research trips to museums and galleries.

Sequential Imagery and Video (3)

Paris provides inspiration for students exploring narrative through sequential digital imagery and video. Students collaborate to create short digital films. Professionals visit the class to discuss their craft and share work. This course is recommended for students with some photography experience. Students must have a DSLR digital camera and laptop computer.


Students provide their own art supplies. The supply list will be sent by the faculty to the students about 2 weeks before the program begins. We usually estimate the cost to be $400 for most studio classes (drawing and fashion, especially). But this can be lower, if students already own some supplies and bring them from home, and it can be higher, if students choose more expensive fabrics and materials for final projects, etc.