Summer Travel Intensives

Paris: The City in Motion

Summer Travel Intensive Program to Paris was cancelled on March 15, 2020 as a precaution and response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). MICA hopes to offer Paris: The City in Motion during Summer 2021.


Travel Dates: Program canceled on March 15, 2020

Program Overview

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.

Ismael Sanz-Pena received his Postgraduate Diploma in Character Animation at Central Saint Martins London and moved to Los Angeles to study Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Ismael has since worked on music videos, commercials, promotional videos and independent films across the globe. Among other screenings his work has been exhibited in the National Gallery London, Annecy, Hiroshima, Zagreb, Ottawa and Questors Theatre, the largest community theatre in Europe. Visit his website to learn more:

Program Fees

$6,200 (does not include international airfare) includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Animation. Additional 3 credits are available for both Art History and Humanistic Studies for $1,700 with approval from faculty and department chair.


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 MICA Open Studies at or 410-225-2219.