Fashion Journalism and Photography - Paris

June 1 July 4, 2008 (Summer A)

Gain full exposure to the Paris fashion scene and earn 10 quarter hours or 6 semester hours of academic credit!

Travel with the AIU Fashion Department to one of the fashion capitals of Europe Paris. Long considered a center for innovation, creativity, glamour and "haute couture," Paris is a place where you can become immersed in the great fashions of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Imagine the thrill of studying in a city where the streets are lined with a "Who's Who" list of couture houses, designer shops and boutiques, fashion institutes and fashion trendsetters. The program consists of a series of formal lectures, hands-on workshops and academic excursions which bring you into contact with Paris fashion industry professionals who can provide a truly international perspective on what it's like to work in the fashion industry. AIU is accepting applications for this new program that can prepare you for an exciting career in fashion, communications or journalism.

Academic Program Format

While in Paris, you are enrolled in two courses:
  • FAS 421 Fashion Journalism
    Prerequisites: ENG 101
    This class teaches basic writing, interviewing and editing techniques for fashion journalism, public relations and fashion advertising. Differences between the types of journalism are presented. Each student must write an article with accompanying visuals for a magazine's audience and present their project to the class.
  • VCD 258 Fashion Photography
    Prerequisites: None
    This course will give students a chance to learn and experience location photography in a setting famous for fashion. Using professional models and background views of Paris, students will be guided through the skills and techniques required for fashion photography. This class includes a series of applied workshops covering a variety of aspects of fashion, styling and location photography. The course will also give students the opportunity to improve their personal portfolio of fashion images. A manual digital camera (not a point and shoot camera) with a 35mm to 105mm zoom lens is required. A limited number of appropriate digital cameras will be available to loan. Professional location flash lighting will be available for student use.

Cultural Activities Beyond the Classroom

You will have access to cultural activities that complement your academic studies and provide an appreciation of the cultural heritage of the French capital.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition and related fees for two classes.
  • Accommodation in student apartments (twin rooms with shower and kitchen facilities).
  • Full orientation program in Paris, including a 1/2 day walking tour.
  • Academic visits which introduce students to the work of Paris fashion professionals.
  • Cultural activities program.
  • Two-zone metro/bus pass.
  • Paris Museum card which provides access to all national museums, including the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay.

Paris Program Scheduling

Limited space is available in this program. All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For detailed information, contact the AIU Study Abroad Program office at 1-800-255-6839 or use the following links:
American InterContinental University Study Abroad Programs
3150 West Higgins Road, Suite 150 · Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 · ph: 1.800.255.6839 · fx: 1.847.885.8422
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