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Complete the online application form by clicking the link at right. You may save your work and return to it later to complete the application form. With this form, you will submit your personal and educational information, identify the program for which you are applying and upload your essay requirements (see below for essay information). Within two business days after submitting your application, you will receive a login and password for this portal that will allow you to keep track of the status of your application. Once you have submitted the initial application, proceed with the following steps:

1 - Submit the Personal Statement Essay 

Write a 500-word statement that describes the work of an artist(s), design business(es), design manager(s), or designer(s) that inspires you. Also briefly describe why you would like the opportunity to pursue an education in art and design at Paris College of Art.

2 - Submit Transcripts of Previous Studies

Send all secondary school and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office. Those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree prior to applying for admission to Paris College of Art are not required to submit secondary school transcripts. All other applicants must submit secondary school transcripts.

3 - Submit Test Scores: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS

All applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit results of either the TOEFL exam (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum scores required for regular admission are: 92 on the TOEFL IBT exam or 6.5 band score on the IELTS exam. Those whose scores fall between 60 and 91 on the TOEFL IBT exam or 5.0 and 6.0 on the IELTS exam will be considered for entry with the English for International Students (EIS) requirement (see “Special Condition Admissions” above for more information). To get registration information and the earliest possible test dates for the TOEFL exam, visit; our institution code is 8217. To find testing centers and register for the IELTS, visit Request that your score be sent directly to Paris College of Art.

Degree seeking applicants that are currently enrolled at an American high school must submit either the SAT or ACT exam results; our CEEB code is 4627. 

4 - Schedule a Personal Interview

All Degree and Certificate Program applicants must have a personal interview either in-person or by telephone. Visiting Student applicants are encouraged to schedule an interview though they are not required to do so. Applicants must contact the Admissions Office at +33 (0)1 45 77 19 99, or by emailing their assigned Admissions Counselor to schedule an interview.

Interviews can be completed at any time during the admissions process as some applicants would like to receive feedback before submitting their final materials. During the interview, Admissions Counselors will ask questions about the applicant’s academic history, portfolio and essay requirements. They will also answer questions about the admissions process and general inquires about PCA.

In addition, your program may require supplementary application materials as follows:
Submit Artwork
All BFA Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applicants are encouraged to submit their best and most recently completed work showing a range of technical skills and creativity. The Admissions Committee is particularly interested in how applicants research and communicate their ideas. The portfolio can contain any combination of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, video, photography, sound, motion graphics, communication design, fashion design, illustration, etc. Applicants are encouraged to carefully edit their portfolio considering the arrangement and order of their work. BFA Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit works that align with the area of study for which they are applying. To submit your portfolio, go to, create your own login and password and upload your work in the "add media section". If you are unable to use Slideroom to submit your visual work, contact the admissions office to discuss other forms of submission.


Submit Design Analysis Essay
Write a one-page essay analyzing a well-designed everyday object, product, building, publication, advertisement or software. Explain why you think your chosen subject is well designed. You may consider its purpose and effectiveness, sustainability and environmental impact, as well as the social implications.In the body of the essay, please include a visual reference of your chosen subject by web link.

1 - Submit Requirements for 'All Applicants' listed above

2 - Submit the Course Request Form
All study abroad and exchange applicants should fill out the Course Request Form and have it approved by their home institution. Select courses from PCA course offerings.
(General Fashion Studies, Illustration Arts, Management of Design, Photographic Arts, Studio Arts, Textile Arts, Visual Communications) 

Certificate applicants are not required to submit the Home Exam Assignment. They are required to submit the Portfolio or Design Analysis Essay. Applicants to the Critical Studies Concentration have no additional requirements.

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