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CEA: FASHION ABROAD

SPRING SEMESTER IN PARIS

Study fashion at the CEA Center in Paris.

Study in the fashion capital of the world with the CEA Paris Center Fashion Studies program. Gain critical insight into the fashion industry in Paris and in Europe. Tour the luxury boutiques of Paris’ fashion district to learn how experts leverage industry trends. Visit fashion and decorative arts museums with expert faculty to deepen your knowledge of both fashion and art history. Analyze how digital marketing has transformed the fashion industry and how you communicate identity through what you wear. In this program you can choose to approach fashion from the perspective of business, art history, and communication studies with courses in a variety of fashion-related subjects, all taught in English. Plus choose core and elective courses in a variety of disciplines including science and French language from the full CEA Paris curriculum. Earn 12-15 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 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

Take a variety of fashion-related courses from the perspective of business, art history, and communication studies, all taught in English. Plus choose core and elective courses in a variety of disciplines including science and French language from the full CEA Paris curriculum.
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Explore

Explore all that Paris has to offer and explore beyond the city with excursions to places such as Avignon and Provence, Strasbourg, Giverny, Bruges, Belgium, and/or Fribourg, Germany. 

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. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school. 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.

Excursions

Excursions vary by term and may include visits to Avignon and Provence, Strasbourg, Giverny, Bruges, Belgium, and/or Fribourg, Germany. 

Activities

CEA provides a variety of activities throughout the program, including a wide range of welcome, orientation, and engagement events and opportunities. CEA also provides pick-up from the airport in conjunction with planned arrival dates. 

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 your program.

Insurance

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

CEA Paris Courses

Choose one core course plus additional courses in fashion, merchandising, communications, art history and a variety of other disciplines including political science and French language from the full Paris curriculum. Courses are taught in English with the exception of language courses.

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

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

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

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

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

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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