If you are even considering a major metropolitan city as your base for studying art or fine art photography, art school in Paris should be at or near the top of the list. There are numerous opportunities for immersing oneself into the rich culture of this famous city.
To begin the journey toward understanding this magnificent center of art and literature, you should probably use "School of Paris" as your jumping-off point. This term actually describes two sectors of the art world: manuscript illuminators during the medieval period and the artists from countries other than France who produced their best work before WWI and from the 1930s onward.
But don't be misled by the name. The School of Paris was not a physical school/institute. In fact, most art historians don't consider this a movement in the traditional sense of the word. It's really an indication of how crucial Paris was to the world of art. Think in terms of names: Picasso, Chagal, Matisse, Modigliani etc. There are dozens more on this list.
City skyline of Paris, France
With this in mind, give some thought to studying at such well-known, respected institutes as the Paris American Academy and Ecole du Louvre (to give just two examples).
The Paris American Academy was founded in 1965 by Richard Roy and has offered seminars and long-term courses for more than 40 years. It's possible to follow a three-year program to a degree in fashion, fine arts or interior design. If you are fortunate enough to make connections with this institute you will have the opportunity to study in the famed Latin quarter of Paris.
Class sizes are limited, with most instructors working closely with about five students at a time. Even the classroom atmosphere contributes to your experience (a restored structure from the 17th century). Permanent staff and visiting instructors provide excellent guidance to your art study.
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If this isn't enough to convince to choose Paris as your base for art study, you might want to look closely at Ecole du Louvre. This higher-education institute focuses on art history as well as archaeology and a limited number of disciplines.
Admission to the Ecole du Louvre is quite competitive; with some more advanced high-school graduates earning entrance. Students also enter after some basic study at the university level. Students choose from the undergraduate program, a masters-degree course and a doctoral program.
The Ecole du Louvre has been in existence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1882, the institution was first a training ground for museum curators and archaeologists. Many of the early courses were lecture-based, though more recent courses allow much more hands-on activity. Art history is one of the most popular and productive programs at this institute.
Palais du Louvre
Place du Carrousel, Porte Jaujard
You might want to look at Ecole des Beaux-Arts as well. These schools focus on fine-art education and have become quite influential in the Paris art scene. Some of the schools under this broad banner date back more than 300 years. Emphasis is on painting, sculpture and architecture.
Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image focuses on visual arts and is quite respected for its cinema training and animation department. Development and design in CD, DVD and other video arts occupy many instructors and students at Gobelins, though the school also provides instruction in photography and graphic design.
These are just a few of the many outstanding opportunities for art school in Paris. The numbers are actually far too large to cover in a brief space. One of the more popular programs involves one-month residencies. Students experience a great city while learning about painting, drawing, photography and art history. Most students experience apartment living and travel by foot or on the subway due to the convenient location of their accommodations.
Students have also found Paris to be perfect for training in architecture and design. It would be difficult to argue with the choice of the City of Lights as a classroom.