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CEA STUDY + INTERN ABROAD

SPRING SEMESTER IN PARIS

Study and intern abroad at the CEA Center in Paris.

Make the City of Light your classroom when you study abroad at the CEA Paris Center. From business and finance to fashion, the art scene to the foodie scene, Paris offers limitless opportunities. France’s capital city has long been a center of intellectual thought, politics, art, and social change, where diversity and modernity thrive alongside centuries of rich history. Studying and interning abroad in Paris at the CEA Center offers stimulating approaches to learning by combining a global internship and in-class work with group projects, co-curricular activities, and excursions.

Deepen your understanding of local French and global cultures, politics, art and current events while earning credits in your field of study. Electives are taught in English and focus on an active learning approach, as your instructors take you outside the classroom and into the city, using the streets, markets, museums, and people of Paris to enhance your learning and discovery. Plus, improve your French language skills in courses available at all levels of proficiency. Earn 12-18 credits.

Arrival: January 9, 2023
Departure: April 29, 2023
Program Fee: $17,795
Application Deadline: October 15, 2022
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The CEA Paris Experience

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Experience

Explore this multicultural center of art, politics, and social change; wander historic streets; and enjoy Paris’ many gastronomic delights.
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live

Live like a Parisian in this visually stunning city in your choice of five housing options (single studio, residence hall, apartment, foyer, or homestay). 
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learn

Choose courses from the CEA Paris Center curriculum across disciplines from art to engineering, French language and literature, to business. 
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Intern

Choose to enhance your program with an optional internship placement and accompanying course. CEA guarantees placements to qualified students based on each students’ readiness to participate in an internship abroad.  Further details will be provided to accepted internship students. Earn 3-6 credits. Please note that there is a supplemental fee for participating in an internship.

CEA Paris Program Inclusions

 

CEA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more. 

Courses & Credit

Earn 12-18 credits. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for study abroad and 2.75 for the internship option. Study abroad students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school. Internship students must have completed at least one year of college. Courses are 3 credits/45 contact hours. Classes meet at various times, Monday through Friday. Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. After arriving in Paris, you'll also take an oral language placement exam. Credits are issued by the University of New Haven.

Housing

Stay in a single studio, residence hall, homestay, shared apartments, or foyer conveniently located in central Paris. Apartments are close to the city center and commuting distance of 20-45 minutes to the CEA Paris Center. Apartments, foyers, and homestays may incur an additional fee. Homestays include breakfast and the option of two additional meals per week. All other housing is self-catered.

Activities & Excursions

CEA provides a variety of activities throughout the program, including a wide range of welcome, orientation, and engagement events and opportunities. Excursions vary by term and may include visits to Avignon and Provence, Strasbourg, Giverny, Bruges, Belgium, and/or Fribourg, Germany. CEA also provides pick-up from the airport in conjunction with planned arrival dates. 

Optional Internship Placement + Course

The internship course is a variable 3-6 credit course. Internships are available in a variety of fields, including Accounting, Advertising, Architecture, Arts, Business Management, Communication, Culinary Arts, Culture, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Hospitality, International Relations, Journalism, Life Sciences & Resource Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Technology, NGO & Development, Non Profit Administration, Political Science, Public Relations, Publishing, Sustainability, Teaching, Theatre, Tourism, Visual & Digital Arts, Visual Arts & Design.

Support

CAPA’s partner CEA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Paris. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations.  Students also have access to various safety, health, and wellness resources during their program.

Insurance

As a student in the CEA program, you’ll receive medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CEA Paris Courses

Courses are available in a variety of disciplines including French language and literature, art history, business, communications, cultural studies, environmental sciences, fashion, political science, and religious studies. 

20th Century Art: A History of Modernism  

In this course you will trace the history of Paris from an architectural perspective from the Gallo-Roman times to the 21st Century. Our starting point is the conviction that architecture and city planning are more than utilitarian or aesthetic enterprises–that such efforts necessarily involve, and are often dominated by, political and ideological considerations. Therefore, you will analyze the political and historical forces at work in the many styles of modern French building in order to demonstrate how each style reflects both the contemporary historical forces at work in each period as well as the political aspirations, in both the domestic and international spheres. To this end, you will explore the crucial role played by the Monarchy, the Church, the aristocracy, the French State, the bourgeoisie, and France's many Kings, Emperors and Republican Presidents in the drafting, designing, funding, and constructing of the many grand monuments, public buildings, and private mansions in Paris.

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PARS ARH 330

Advanced French (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had two or more years of university-level, French language instruction, Advanced French builds on the basic structures, learned at the beginner and intermediate levels, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries. More concretely, at the advanced level of French, you will continue refining your proficiency in the four areas of language competency in order to communicate effectively in the target language. The varied class activities and exercises focus, therefore, upon the following four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Conducted entirely in French, this class requires daily preparation as well as a high level of engagement on your part during class meetings. And while the instructor does not expect you to understand every word said in class, you should look for patterns and look/listen for contextual clues in order to gain a global understanding of the situation and sense behind it. Learning to derive global meanings from speech and text that you may not entirely understand is a powerful tool that will hone your ability to understand your environment as you navigate your way through French-speaking cultures, both literally and figuratively. Your constant attention and dynamic participation are indispensable ingredients for making real and observable improvements in your cross-cultural competency. As an active student you will be expected not only to come prepared to class, but also to discuss there the new cultural facts or discoveries you have encountered outside of class.

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PARS FRE 301

Beginning French I (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had no prior contact with the French language, Beginning French I introduces the basic structure of the French language with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 101

Beginning French II (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had minimal prior contact with the French language, Beginning French II builds on the basic structure of the French language learned in Beginning French I with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 102

Communication & Global Competence (Core Course)  

This course thus explores the interaction between culture and communication and introduces students to the knowledge and skills requisite to building intercultural competence. More specifically, this course invites students to analyze and evaluate how their own cultural identity influences communication with others; encourages interaction with the host culture; and prepares students with knowledge and skills to be effective and ethical intercultural communicators.

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PARS COM 340

Comparative Economic Systems  

After a process that started a few centuries ago, capitalism has become the dominant socio-economic system in the world. For this reason, understanding the rules and mechanisms upon which capitalism is based has become absolutely indispensable for comprehending today's world and one's own role in it. This course describes the pillars and mechanisms upon which capitalism functions. This is done by first laying the theoretical grounds of capitalism and then undertaking an applied analysis of this socio-economic system with reference to its strengths and shortcomings, as well as to the role of the economic agents that make it function as it does: international organizations, nation-states, multinational companies and civil society.

 

The logical consequence and the present phase of capitalism is globalization, a "buzzword" that admits different definitions and interpretations. What is it that becomes global? Is globalization mainly an economic phenomenon? To which possible scenarios does it lead? In the second quarter of the course globalization is defined and described from a multidisciplinary point of view, with emphasis on the different pace at which it takes place depending on the country and the dimension (economic, technological, cultural, environmental, political or demographic) to which we refer. As with capitalism, globalization is also analyzed from a critical perspective, that is, pointing out both the positive and negative effects that it brings about and which can be supported with empirical evidence.

 

Following a tradition dating back to Aristotle, the course then undertakes the question of how to measure human "progress" and of whether wealth accumulation and economic growth should be means or ends in themselves, the latter being in coherence with the logic of capitalism. For the purpose of this appraisal, the concept of "human development" is used, as defined by the United Nations Development Program. Alternative ways to measure "progress" and which go beyond the merely quantitative approach of GDP are then analyzed and used to provide a statistical description of today's state of the world.

 

The last part of the course is devoted to analyzing and discussing some proposals (or alternative economic arrangements) that have been thought out and brought forward in the last few years by members of civil society, whether they are academicians, politicians, independent associations, etc. The common purpose of all these proposals is to foster sustainability in the broadest sense of the term ("the capacity to continue") and thus contributing to overcome, from within the capitalist system, today's most severe problems facing humanity, such as poverty, environmental degradation, etc.

PARS ECN 322

Consumer Behavior  

In this course students will learn why consumers behave the way they do, how environmental forces influence
and shape our behavior, and the practical marketing implications of that behavior. Topics will include
consumer behavior decision making and the effects that internal influences (motivation, perception, affect,
personality, lifestyles, and values) and external influences (culture, family, social class, competition, group
influences and social media) have in that decision making process.

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PARS MKT 310

Differential Equations  

In this course you will cover material related principally to differential equations dealing with ordinary differential equations. These mathematics are an important tool in Science and Engineering and are commonly associated with understanding population dynamics, radioactive decay, and certain chemical reactions. The content of this course will thus focus on first-order differential equations, higher-order differential equations, Laplace transforms, and series solutions of linear differential equations. In addition to the cognitive and knowledge skills listed above, students in this course will identify the relevance and practical applications of mathematics to various fields.

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PARS MATH 350

Dynamics  

This course will guide you through Dynamics, the branch of Engineering Mechanics that deals with the movement of bodies subject to forces and constraints. The study of motion and its causes is developed in two stages, kinematics and kinetics. Kinematics introduces the basic tools, such as position, displacement, velocity, and acceleration that allow the description of motion of an object in space. Kinetics connects this motion to its causes–that is–to the forces that act on the object. Analysis passes from the basic motion of point particles to the more complex motion of rigid bodies as encountered in numerous engineering applications. The study of Dynamics introduces quantities, such as momentum, angular momentum, resultant force, and moment of a force that relate motion to its causes through Newton’s Laws.

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PARS ENGR 225

Electrical Circuits  

This course will guide you through the basic principles of ideal linear time-invariant electrical circuits and will provide you with the main tools for a full comprehension of their behavior. The basic circuit elements will be explained, together with the main laws deriving from their connection. The main methods for circuit analysis, efficiently merging the information on circuit components, and circuit topology will be introduced and described.

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PARS ENGR 340

Fluid Mechanics  

The overall aim of the course is to introduce students to the physical phenomena of fluid flow and the building of mathematical models of such phenomena. Initial classes are devoted to a comprehensive introduction to fluid mechanics while subsequent classes will focus on applications in chemical engineering. This course will discuss the principles of fluid mechanics as applied to engineering, including aspects such as fluid statics, pressure distribution, and buoyancy. The basic conservation laws of mass, momentum, and energy are analyzed in control volume and differential form. Students will gain an understanding of the Bernoulli equation, pipe flows, flow meters, pumps and compressors, irrotational flows, boundary layer theory, drag force on particles, non-Newtonian fluids. Further they will learn about fluidization, bubble mechanics, flow through porous media, packed beds and fluidized bed as well as filtration.

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PARS CHE 350

Globalization: Politics, Culture & Global Governance  

This course provides you with a detailed analysis of the meaning, players, processes, and consequences of contemporary globalization and global governance, serving as a complement to your area of concentration or as a foundation to further work in international relations, political science, sociology and related fields.

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PARS IRS 331

Haute Couture in Paris: History of Style & Fashion  

This course is designed as a survey of the past 200 years of designing, making, wearing and commenting upon the clothes we wear. You will begin by tracing out the origins of Haute Couture by threading your way back into late 17th century aristocratic circles and their social customs of dress. You continue your historical exploration by analyzing the fabric of 18th and 19th century bourgeois mentality, sensibility and insecurity. Taken together, these early fashion and stylistic efforts help you unravel the complexities and diverse impulses of 20th century fashion designers and their creations.

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PARS ARH 361

History of Paris: An Architectural Perspective  

In this course you will trace the history of Paris from an architectural perspective from the Gallo-Roman times to the 21st Century. Our starting point is the conviction that architecture and city planning are more than utilitarian or aesthetic enterprises–that such efforts necessarily involve, and are often dominated by, political and ideological considerations. Therefore, you will analyze the political and historical forces at work in the many styles of modern French building in order to demonstrate how each style reflects both the contemporary historical forces at work in each period as well as the political aspirations, in both the domestic and international spheres. To this end, you will explore the crucial role played by the Monarchy, the Church, the aristocracy, the French State, the bourgeoisie, and France's many Kings, Emperors and Republican Presidents in the drafting, designing, funding, and constructing of the many grand monuments, public buildings, and private mansions in Paris.

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PARS ARH 420

Intermediate French I (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had one year of university-level, french language instruction, Intermediate French I builds on the basic structures, learned at the beginner level, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 201

Intermediate French II (Core Course)  

Designed for the student having had three semesters of university-level, French language instruction, Intermediate French II builds on the basic structures, learned at the Intermediate I level, with you, the immersion student, in mind. Learning French in France, you have a considerable advantage as far as active, language acquisition is concerned: the reality of continual contact with the French and all their linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies. As part of active language acquisition, and in order to help you engage in diverse, cultural experiences, the instructor will lead a limited number of discovery excursions into the city of Paris including, but not limited to libraries, museums, theatres, or local bakeries.

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PARS FRE 202

International Business  

The primary goal for you in this course is to build a broad-based foundation for understanding the many actors, practices, and structural forces that make up the global marketplace today. This course will enable you to pursue additional business studies within a wide range of courses in international marketing, management, and finance and it will empower you personally for the future international business ventures and challenges you seek to take on.

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PARS BUS 320

International Internship (3 - 6 credits)  

During this course, you will be invited to reflect weekly on your internship experience within the context of your host culture by comparing and contrasting your experiences with your global internship placement with that of your home culture. By creating an intentional time to reflect on your experiences in your internship, the role you have played in the evolution of your experience in your internship placement and the experiences of your peers in their internship placements, you will develop a greater awareness of your strengths relative to the career readiness competencies, the subtleties and complexities of integrating into a cross-cultural work environment, and how to build and maintain a career search portfolio.

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PARS INT 430

Introduction to Global Climate Change  

This course provides an overarching introduction to the causes and consequences of Earth’s recent anthropogenic climate change and its intersection with environmental, social, economic, and geopolitical issues. When looking at possible human responses to this anthropogenic climate change, the key variables in modeling different scenarios for Earth’s future climate are demographics, choice of energy resources, land use, and politico-economic decisions. For each scenario, this course will illustrate the consequences of climate change with a specific focus on these global issues.

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PARS ENV 320

Mass Media & the Fashion Industry  

In this course, you will explore the relationship between mass media and the fashion industry from 19th century Paris to today's new media platforms and globalized communication networks. And while the fashion industry provides an arena for conventional media business it also involves a coded and complex dialogue among creators, corporations, tastemakers and the masses. The first half of the course addresses therefore the primary forms of conventional fashion media (journalism, photography, film, new media) while the second half of the course emphasizes the media dialogue and diplomacy a well as its value arbitration (representation, taste, status, trend, globalization). As an integral part of this course, you will consider the various interactions between fashion and media by personally conducting interviews or fashion show reports along with a trend analysis in order to gain practical experience in the ways of fashion journalism. The course includes a shared blog component for posting of assignments and critiques of your visits to fashion industry headquarters or exhibitions.

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PARS COM 321

Media & Democracy in the Digital Age  

This course examines the relationship between the media and democracy with a particular emphasis on the new media technologies and their profound impact on the current political processes worldwide. The course will first provide an overview of the traditional theories of the media’s role in democracy and then will go on to investigate the effects of the new communication technologies on the public sphere, media systems, democratic governance, and individual expression. Throughout the course, we will study the French media system in depth, but we will also use various other worldwide empirical cases to understand how the media–and the new media technologies in particular–can enhance or undermine democratic processes. The course aims to familiarize students with different media systems and provide a thorough understanding of the media’s role in democracy and its current challenges. Students will engage in applied learning by becoming citizen journalists themselves by researching and interacting with local players in Paris first-hand.

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PARS COM 385

Paris Fashion Trend Forecasting & Analysis  

The course begins with an overview of the field of trend forecasting including methodologies for field research from street observation to fashion fairs & exhibitions. The product focus will span street fashion to high fashion and include both niche and mega-product trends. We will then shift our focus to filtering the information gathered through field research, retaining the most salient elements of that research and representing them through visual dialogue, stories and trend boards. Special attention will be given to leading a trend meeting including differentiating between audiences and visually representing trends in digital formats. Digital forecasting and predictive modelling will be analysed as part of the future of fashion trend forecasting. Students will be confronted with the realities of various social and cultural backgrounds empowering them to disconnect personal judgement during the product development process.

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PARS FM 325

Photography in Paris  

Learn how the camera can be used in a foreign environment as an exciting tool of documentary record, cross-cultural understanding, artistic expression and self-discovery. After an introduction to the fundamentals of photography, both traditional and digital, your camera will be trained on the city of Paris and the personal experiences absorbed here including the architecture, history, people, and rich culture. As you develop your technical, compositional and critical skills you will create a portfolio of images that will both showcase and celebrate your whole unforgettable study abroad experience.

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PARS PHT 301

Statics  

This course will guide you through statics for engineering, the branch of mechanics that analyzes the forces and torques of bodies in equilibrium. Statics defines quantities such as the moment of a force, the centroid, and moments of inertia that describe how structures and bodies can remain at rest or maintain a constant velocity. In this course you will learn about trusses, joints, frames, and machines. You will understand the use of forces and moments and how these combine to achieve equilibrium. As a tool for engineering, statics will provide you with the methods to design structures capable of supporting and moving loads safely and effectively from beams to bridges. The course includes two- and three-dimensional force systems, moments, equivalent systems; trusses, frames, machines; centroids, centers of mass, moments of inertia, friction, internal axial and shear forces, and engineering applications. The course will also give you the opportunity to discuss and analyze complex and composite rigid systems, considering their inner structure and identifying the forces and moments required to maintain equilibrium. You will explore the challenges engineers encounter in designing ever more functional structures and machinery and how these designs introduce requirements and constraint on materials.

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PARS ENGR 380

Thermodynamics  

This course will guide you through thermodynamics, the branch of Engineering that deals with the macroscopic behavior of systems. Thermodynamics defines quantities such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure that describe the global properties of a body. It states that the behavior of these quantities is subject to general constraints that are valid for all materials whether these are liquids, solids, gasses, and irrespective of their particular properties and chemical composition. These general constraints are expressed in the Laws of Thermodynamics which can be interpreted in terms of statistical mechanics. In the course, you will be dealing with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. You will master fundamental issues such as energy conservation, irreversibility, and how these govern the working of devices. As a tool for Engineering, thermodynamics will provide you with the methods to analyze and use physical laws in processes aimed at transforming, transferring, and storing energy such as in engines, refrigerators, and batteries. The course includes basic elements of classical thermodynamics, the First and Second Laws, the properties of pure materials, the Ideal Gas Law, the Carnot Cycle, control volume analysis of closed simple systems and open systems at steady state; Engineering applications, including engine cycles and psychrometrics. You will have the opportunity to discuss in physical and quantitative terms the functioning of systems that are apparently complex and diverse such as a heat pump, a combustion engine, or a solar panel. You will explore situations that bring the predictive power of physics into play in unexpected and important situations such as in the energetics of a living cell and discuss ideas such as harnessing energy from the surroundings that continuously challenge engineers and are at the heart of our present energetic and environmental concerns and strategies.

 

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PARS ENGR 281

Thermodynamics with Chemical Engineering Module  

This course will guide you through thermodynamics, the branch of Engineering that deals with the macroscopic behavior of systems. Thermodynamics defines quantities such as internal energy, entropy, and pressure that describe the global properties of a body. It states that the behavior of these quantities is subject to general constraints that are valid for all materials whether these are liquids, solids, gasses, and irrespective of their particular properties and chemical composition. These general constraints are expressed in the Laws of Thermodynamics which can be interpreted in terms of statistical mechanics. In the course you will be dealing with heat and temperature and their relation to energy and work. You will master fundamental issues such as energy conservation, irreversibility, and how these govern the working of devices. As a tool for Engineering, thermodynamics will provide you with the methods to analyze and use physical laws in processes aimed at transforming, transferring, and storing energy such as in engines, refrigerators, and batteries.

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PARS ENGR 285

Visual Fashion Merchandising  

This course introduces students to the display, theories, and processes of visual merchandising presentation in retail, showroom, and other fashion settings. After situating merchandising in the historical record, this course will cover topics such as customer behavior, environment, and brand collection and rely on frequent, student analyses of stores & boutiques in the urban environment to illustrate how merchandising theory is applied in a retail environment. Later in the course, while studying the window, the entrance, and colours, students will apply their new merchandising techniques to actual products. This course prepares the students using both classic and modern approaches to the subject and provides the necessary skills that to attract the consumer’s eye and interest.

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PARS FM 269

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