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Paris: The City in Motion

July 10 - 31, 2017

Priority Deadline for Scholarship Consideration: December 1, 2016

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2017

Spend a month in Paris at "les Recollets,' a famous Residency that nurtures artists and scientists from all over the world. Students will be immersed in a totally creative environment in one of the most beautiful and art-driven cities in the world .

This course allows students from all disciplines to investigate the concept of The City in Motion while exploring Paris. Students are challenged to explore various aspects of the city with time-based sketches done as drawings, photos, and/or any other media that they may choose. Mobility will be a point of emphasis and students are encouraged to bring tablets and smartphones (and good sneakers!) to be able to animate directly on the go. In addition to improving their creative skills, students meet exceptional Parisian talents and discover world class museums, monuments, and urban areas that range from antiquity to 21st century experiments.

This three-week program** may be taken for undergraduate and graduate credit or audit, and is open to undergraduates, graduates, and lifelong learners.

**One free week in Les Recollets is left open for students to visit the city at their own rhythm if they wish.

This program is open to all majors. No animation experience needed.


Laurence Arcadias is the chair of the Animation Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 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. She brings full mastery of traditional animation techniques as well as practical knowledge of Flash and AfterEffects.

Program Fees

  • $5,455 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in Animation.
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the base fee (contact program coordinator).


Contact program coordinator Laurence Arcadias at larcadias@mica.edu.

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 MICA Open Studies at openstudies@mica.edu or 410-225-2219.

This page was last updated on 10/18/2016.