Curriculum

Combining the strengths of Emerson’s renowned Visual and Media Arts program (consistently rated as one of the top 10 film schools in the country) with the studio art instruction from the Paris College of Art, this program offers a wide range of film and art practices.

If you seek a more studio-based education that incorporates design thinking with modes of expression in drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture and hands-on media education in film and video making, digital arts, and new media installation, then this is the program for you. Below is an overview of the program curriculum.

Year One

Students in this program will matriculate during Emerson’s second summer session and be in residence in Boston, taking foundation courses in film production and studies.

Summer 1: Boston

Session Location Course Name Credits
Summer Boston History of Media Arts I 4
    Foundations of Media Production 4
    Boston: Inside and Out 0

Academic Year: Paris

Once the academic year begins, students will move to Paris College of Art and continue their studies in Paris.

Session Location Course Name Credits
Fall Paris Media-based Writing OR Color Photography 3
    Media Production I OR Cinema Lighting 3
    Critical Thinking and Writing I 3
    French (level will depend on placement test) 3
    Paris: Inside & Out 0
Spring Paris Color Photography OR Media-based Writing 3
    Cinema Lighting OR Media Production I 3
    Critical Thinking and Writing II 3
    French 3

Year Two

Summer 2: Boston

In the second year, students return to Emerson's campus in Boston for both summer terms.

Session Location Course Name Credits
Summer Boston History of Media Arts II 4
    Introduction to Production (Film/Narrative Drama/Editing) 4
    Introduction to Production (Film/Narrative Drama/Editing) 4
    Introduction to Production (Film/Narrative Drama/Editing) 4

Academic Year: Paris

The traditional academic year resumes at Paris College of Art.

Session Location Course Name Credits
Fall Paris Liberal Studies: French Language, Dance History, Semiotics 3
    Cinematography OR Media Production II 4
    Liberal Studies: Science or Math 3
    Studio Elective 2
Spring Paris Paris Yesterday and Tomorrow 3
    Media Production II OR Cinematography 3
    Studio Elective OR Internship 2
  Online (Emerson Course) Writing (Feature, Shorts, TV, Topics) 4

Year Three

Summer 3: Kasteel Well

The third-year summer-session begins at Emerson’s Kasteel Well in the Netherlands.

Session Location Course Name Credits
Summer Kasteel Well Art of Documentary OR Production 4
    Art Into Film OR Cultural Diversity 4
    Production Choices: Directing, Documentary, Arts OR Art of Documentary 4
    Cultural Diversity OR Art Into Film 4

Academic Year: Paris

The fall and spring semesters are set to be completed in Paris.

Session Location Course Name Credits
Fall Paris BFA Project: Conceptualization I 4
    BFA Project: Research Seminar I 2
    Studio Elective 2
  Online (Emerson Course) Advanced Editing or Writing (Topics) 4
Spring Paris BFA Project: Production I 4
    BFA Project: Research Seminar II 4
  Online (Emerson Course) BFA Project: Management 4

Year Four

Summer 4: Boston

The program concludes with a culminating capstone project during the fourth summer session at Emerson’s Boston campus.

Session Location Course Name Credits
Summer Boston Media Studies Seminar 4
    BFA Project: Production II 4
    BFA Presentation 2
    Internship OR Directed Study 2