Paris, France

Summer 2016 Destinations

Summer 2016 destinations will be posted mid-November 2015. Complete course descriptions and details for each program will be posted by Friday, December 18, 2015. Summer study-abroad registration will begin Monday, February 22, 2016.

Past Summer 2015 Destination

PARIS IN MOTION is a three-week* CCA/MICA collaborative course that allows students from all disciplines to explore concerns of creative temporality in one of the most monumental and dazzling cities in the world -- exploring vibrant arts, architectures, ideas, and street life, while creating short animated clips as we go.

*The class runs from July 3 to 25, 2015. Accommodations, however, are booked for participants from July 1–31, at a 17th century former monastery, Centre des Recollets, in the heart of Paris. The month-long accommodations provide students with two days to settle in before the program begins and one week afterwards to continue their explorations of Paris or easily visit other European cities such as London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Venice, etc.

Paris in Motion

Instructors: Erik Adigard, Laurence Arcadias
July 1–31: Accommodations available to students @ Centre des Recollets
July 3-25, 2015: Course dates
July 26–31: Independent exploration of Paris (optional)

Check-in: July 1
Checkout: anytime between July 26–31

Interested students should contact Erik Adigard with a few work samples ( to start the approval process for registration.


For the fifth summer, CCA offers a month-long residency in the exclusive research Center of Récollets, along with international artists, designers, architects, and scientists. From this central location on the banks of the Canal St. Martin, participants quickly become immersed in one of the most cultured and dazzling of megalopoli: visiting world-class museums, monuments, and urban areas of Paris, whose provenances range from the dark ages to the 21st century.

Using photography, sketching, sound, and writing, 5D, 4D, 3D, and 2D designers experience how to reveal the essence of structures, representations, patterns, and behaviors of any city: its temporalities, paces, and rhythms. The medium of choice is animation and other time-based media, ranging from hand drawing to stop-motion, gif animation, AfterEffects, and others.

We meet exceptional Parisian talents and punctuate our schedule with the screening and review of relevant works. The class invites all participants to freely explore, experiment, debate, collaborate and above all to reflect on their practice.

View images of last year's program projects »

Students improve fundamental creative skills:

  • master the growing convergence of iconography, motion, and media devices.
  • explore, analyze and understand how spaces, temporalities, and creative disciplines all relate to each other.
  • promote analytical observation, critical thinking, and the ability to express points of view creatively.

Students should bring:

  • Laptop, smartphone, digital camera, iPad, notepad, pencil, scissors, and/or any tools of choice
  • Editing tool(s) of choice from CreativeSuite (Photoshop, Flash, AfterEffects, and/or Premiere), or other
  • Comfortable walking shoes


"It is only now, several months later, I can see how my mind expanded… Priceless."

"I really learned so much. Since I have started school again I can see a huge change in my confidence…"

"I will carry the program in my heart always!"

About the Instructors

Erik Adigard’s father was a journalist and diplomat. As a result, Adigard’s formative years were spent mostly in Africa and then in Paris. After semiotic classes in Paris, he moved to Montpellier to study literature and attend the Beaux Arts. There, he was enlisted by UC Berkeley administrators, who said, "Oops, this guy belongs with CCA, not us," and that’s where his new life began.

It was the shock of the move that really opened all the doors for Adigard, and this is what he tries to bring to his Paris program.

Adigard’s Berkeley studio M-A-D has produced a wide range of visual essays, experience designs, brand identities, videos, animations, and media installations for ˆ, IBM, and Biennales in the US and Europe. He recently codesigned the SpontaneousInterventions exhibition that launched at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which earned a Special Mention, and is currently designing the user interface and animations for a tablet conceived by IDEO.

His creations have been shown in galleries, museums, film festivals, and publications worldwide, and have won numerous awards from American Institute of Graphic Arts, Communication Arts, and Print magazine, and have been included in the permanent collections of SFMOMA and the Smithsonian.

Adigard is a recipient of the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the Rome Prize. As a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, he maintains a network of well-known designers and cultural personalities in Paris.

Adigard contributes design essays to Etapes magazine and other European publications, and he is currently developing a design exhibit for the Pompidou Center.

Learn more about Erik Adigard »

Laurence Arcadias is a world-class animator who has won numerous awards for her experimental work. She has taught extensively in the US and in Europe and is currently chair of the animation department at Maryland Institute College of Art & Design (MICA).

Her experience includes three years at the Apple Research Lab and collaborations with Brenda Laurel at Purple Moon.

Arcadias brings full mastery of traditional animation techniques as well as practical knowledge of Flash and AfterEffects.

Learn more about Laurence Arcadias »


Undergraduates: Completion of at least sophomore level by summer 2015 and instructor approval. For Advanced Design Studio credit, Graphic Design majors must have completed level 3 co-reqs (Graphic Design 3 and Typography 3)
Graduate students: Instructor approval

In addition all students must be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing for the 2014–15 academic year.

Course Satisfies

For undergraduates, this course satisfies a Studio Elective, an Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio, or Advanced Design Studio.
For graduate students, this course satisfies a Grad-wide Elective.

Program Fee

$4,800 + $50 registration fee

Included in program fee:
3 credits, housing, guest critics, museum entrance fees, local transportation, and travel/health insurance

Not included in program fee:
Airfare to and from Paris, most meals

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All CCA summer study-abroad courses (including the New York Studio) are coordinated by the Office of Special Programs.


Office of Special Programs
Oakland campus, Ralls 201

Nina Sadek
Dean of Special Programs

Carol Pitts
Operations Manager, Special Programs