Each semester you study French language intensively so that by the end of the semester, you have a working knowledge of French and can hold conversations on day- today topics. However, you will also gain a special focus on the French of the arts and literature. You then take your option choices in English, with lectures complemented by weekly visits to key site in Paris. For some options, such as the history of cinema, classes will take the form of lectures followed by workshops and discussion sessions. All courses will have assignments throughout the semester, for students taking the course for credits, made up of short presentations to develop important communication skills and short essays. There will be mid-term and final exams as part of your assessment.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I SPEAK GOOD FRENCH?
If your level of French is at advanced intermediate or advanced levels, then we propose that you take classes in French with our French students rather than French language classes. There are many options to choose from, including art history at all levels from our Art History department or aspects of arts administration from our Arts Management department.
Survey Courses (offered September 2015)
1) French History and Culture
This course explores the development of political and cultural institutions through lectures on French history, literature and culture plus visits to major historic sites in Paris.
2) French Art and Architecture
Taking the history of art from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, this course allows students to understand the major movements in French art and appreciate how Paris rose to be the pre-emminent city for art in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Specialist options (offered February 2015)
1) The History of Cinema
This course covers the story of how cinema was created in the early twentieth-century to what it is today, placing the main trends in their artistic and cultural context. The course covers the work of key directors, analyses their styles and technical developments so that students gain a deep insight into movie making as well as artistic direction.
2) Paris of the Avant Garde: Art, Literature and Theatre c1900-1930
Concentrating on the period of the early twentieth century, this course takes a cross-disciplinary approach to investigate the relationships between artists, writer, collectors, patrons – all part of the new avant garde movement.
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SAMPLE COURSE TIMETABLE
Option one: lecture
Option two: lecture
Tuition on the semester will bring a possible 12 credits for the semester teaching, divided up as:
6 credits: French language classes
3 credits: options
If you wish to take the course(s) for credit, then you will need to get them approved by your own university. We can send detailed course outlines for approval, which you should indicate on the application form. Once you have completed the course, we will send IESA transcripts to you or to your university advisor.