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Paris: Animation by Design

July 1-July 31, 2015

(Registration Deadline: March 23, 2015)

Spend a month in Paris at "les Recollets," a famous Residency on the banks of the Canal st Martin that nurtures artists and scientists from all over the world. You'll be immersed in a totally creative environment while animating in an amazingly beautiful and art-driven city.

This collaborative CCA/MICA course allows students from all disciplines to investigate the concept of Motion while exploring the "City of Light." The course teaches participants the basics of animation to be combined with time-based media. The main tools used range from hand drawn animation to istopmotion to flash to After Effects and more. Students are challenged to combine the thorough observation of specific aspects of the city with time-based sketches done as drawings, photos, and/or any other media that the student may choose. Mobility will be a point of emphasis and students are encouraged to bring tablets and smartphones to be able to animate directly in the field. In addition to improving their creative skills, students will meet exceptional Parisian talents and discover world class museums, monuments, and urban areas that range from antiquity to 21st-century experiments. The course includes the screening and review of relevant works. This course is transdisciplinary and nurtures each student within his or her own specialty-graphic design, interaction design, architecture, photography, illustration, etc. As such, the course will help 5D, 4D, 3D, and 2D designers as well as animators to understand how time can reveal the essence of structures, representations, patterns, and behaviors.

The workshop takes place from July 3 - 25. Two days are built into the program's beginning to settle in and two weeks after for particpants' use. Program fees include all accommodations, all field trips, and some meals.


Laurence Arcadias is the chair of the Animation Department at the MICA. She is a world class animator who has won numerous awards for her experimental work. She has taught extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Her experience includes three years at the Apple Research Lab and collaborations with Brenda Laurel at Purple Moon. She brings full mastery of traditional animation techniques as well as practical knowledge of Flash and AfterEffects.

Erik Adigard is a communication designer with extensive experience in print, interactive, and time-based media. He brings a broad understanding of the design concerns and techniques that are impacting the realm of rich media. He is known for his work for Wired magazine and IBM, which with many other experimental projects have been shown in international museums, biennales, and film festivals.

Program Fees

  • $4,800 (does not include international airfare)
    Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in Animation. Credits may apply as Studio Elective.
  • $6,390 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in Animation (Credits may apply as Studio Elective)
    + 3 undergraduate credits in Art History (w/ approval from dept.)
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $75 per credit above the $4,800 base fee (contact program coordinator below).


Contact program coordinator Laurence Arcadias at

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors-18 years or older with a valid passport-who have completed at least one year of college. For all programs, credits can be applied to Studio Elective. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at or 410-225-2219.