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1. Gastronomicom International Culinary Academy
Courses / Programs
Gastronomicom International Culinary Academy is a leading culinary institute in the South of France, offering a range of culinary arts certificate and diploma programs to international students from around the world. Our culinary programs are taught in English at a one star Michelin Level. 

Located in Cap d’Agde, a beautiful Mediterranean seaside town in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, our courses include cooking and pastry hands-on classes, practical work experience (internships) and French language courses. You will receive a French Gourmet Certificate or Diploma on completion of your program.

Our ultimate goal is that our students improve both their skills and knowledge of the food, beverage and gastronomy of the region and France, and the French language, but will also enjoy visiting Languedoc-Roussillon, with its historic cities, varying and beautiful landscapes, and the most productive wine region in the world.

Choosing to take classes at our culinary academy will open doors to many jobs in your country and abroad. We know there is a serious lack of qualified graduates in the Food and Beverage Industry in most countries, especially in the field of Gastronomy. All of our teachers boast years of experience at prestigious, high-end Gastronomic Hotel-Restaurants.

Former students have come from the USA, Canada, France, UK, Holland, Germany, Spain, Norway & many more. Gastronomicom International Culinary Academy has recently opened a new school in Miami, Florida.
Culinary Programs - Taught in English

1-Month Gourmet Certificate Programs

- Pastry & Cooking

8-week or 12-week Gastronomic Certificate Programs
- French Pastry
- French Cooking

Combined with intensive French language lessons

Full Programs
- 12-week Gastronomic Program plus 4-month internship in a French hotel/restaurant

Cooking Diploma Courses:
- 1-Year Diploma Programs (includes 3-months pastry, 3-months cooking & 6-months internship)
- 2-Year Diploma in Gastronomic Food and Beverage Management

Specific contact pages
2. Paris American Academy
Courses / Programs
Paris American Academy (PAA) is an accredited private institution of higher learning offering bachelor degree, semester abroad and summer programs in Fashion, Fine Arts and Interior Design to students from around the world searching for quality career education in these fields. Established in 1965 by Richard Roy, PAA is located less than a kilometer from Notre-Dame Cathedral in the famous Latin Quarter of Paris, France. All of our programs are taught in English.

During their studies, students can benefit from a French language course integrated into their program. We also offer a four-week English language course for international students and native French students at elementary to advanced levels of English. The course is designed to prepare them for further studies in English-speaking institutions.

The Paris American Academy is registered by the Académie de Paris, as a private institution of higher learning under the 12 July 1875 jurisdiction. Our semester abroad programs are available either during the fall or spring semester, and university credits can be earned on the semester programs for transfer to colleges and universities on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- 3-year Bachelor Degree courses in Fashion and Interior Design

- 4-month Fall & Spring Semester Abroad programs in Fashion; Fashion Merchandising; Interior Design

- 4-Week Intensive Summer Workshops in Fashion; Fine Arts; Interior Design; Creative Writing

- 4-Week Intensive English language course

English is the language of instruction for all courses.

Specific contact pages
3. IFA Paris Fashion School
Courses / Programs
International Fashion Academy (IFA) Paris is a leading fashion school located in the historical garment district in the 10th arrondissement in the center of Paris, France. Established in 1982, we offer 3-year Bachelor Degrees in Fashion Design & Technology and Fashion Marketing, and a 1-year intensive postgraduate certificate course in Contemporary Fashion Design.

We also offer graduate programs in the fields of Fashion Business and Luxury Brand Management. All of our fashion programs are taught entirely in the English language.

IFA Paris opened our school in Shanghai, China in 2002, and students on our Bachelor in Fashion Design & Technology degree program are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Shanghai for part of their course. Students on our Bachelor in Fashion Marketing degree spend 10 academic weeks in Shanghai during their second year.

In addition, students can attend POLIMODA which is the top fashion design and marketing school in Italy, as part of the MBA / Masters Program in Luxury Brand Management and as part of the MBA / Masters Program in Fashion Business.

Scholarship Programs:
In 2014, IFA Paris will offer 9 scholarships at postgraduate level and 5 scholarships at undergraduate level for programs in our Paris and Shanghai schools. Contact us today for further information on how to apply for this exceptional opportunity.
-Bachelor Degree in Fashion Design & Technology: 3 yrs

-Bachelor Degree in Fashion Marketing: 3 yrs in Paris incl semester in Shanghai

-Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Fashion Design: 1 yr

1-Year MBA Programs
-MBA in Fashion Business: 40 wks in Paris or 30 wks in Paris/10 wks in Shanghai

-MBA in Luxury Brand Mgmt: 30 wks in Paris/10 wks in Shanghai

-MBA in Global Fashion Media

-MBA in Cosmetics, Beauty & Fragrances

-MBA/Masters in Luxury Brands Mgmt/Fashion Business in collaboration with Polimoda

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4. Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture, Paris
Courses / Programs
Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture offers year-round and summer drawing and painting classes & workshops in Paris for adults, artists, art students and children at beginner to advanced levels. Our classes are taught in English and French to students from around the world.

Mediums include drawing with colored pens & pencil/ ink, sketching with pencil, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, mixed media & oil painting. 

We teach you how to make your own "travel sketchbooks", how to illustrate stories, how to develop painting and creative skills in a fun and pleasant way. Subjects and themes include traditional French architecture, modern architecture, modern life, real life, still life, motion, imagination.

Our studio is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, a trendy and artistic neighborhood on the Right Bank (North Side) of the River Seine, close to the metro stations Parmentier (Métro Line 3), Goncourt (Line 11) and Oberkampf (serving Line 5 and Line 9).

Some classes take place at the studio, while most are outdoor workshops taking place in different areas of the city each time. It is a good way to explore Paris, discovering places that one wouldn't necessarily have gone to using a guidebook or following regular tours.
- 4-hour workshops in Paris
- 3-hour workshops at the Louvre (except for July & August)
- Regular 2-day workshops in Paris
- 3-day painting workshop on the French Atlantic Coast (October 2-5)
- Painting day-trips in Giverny
- Art Journal Courses
- 1-day portrait workshops
- Customized Classes for Adults: For groups of 1-4 people
- Customized Classes for Children: For groups of 1-3 children
- 1-week workshops in Lisbon (2013 & 2014), New York City (2012), Marrakech (2011 & 2012), Tuscany (2011 & 2012)
5. Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne
Courses / Programs
The Gastro Academy at The French House Party is a high-calibre residential French cookery school near the beautiful and historic city of Carcassonne, in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of South West France. Carcassone is only 50 miles from Toulouse which has an international airport. Ryanair also fly directly to Carcassone from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, and Paris Beauvais international airport. 

Gastro Academy provides all-inclusive cooking holidays for individuals and groups from around the world. Cookery classes, taught in English and French, are suitable for anyone passionate about food (from beginners to experienced cooks). Our culinary vacations combine superb accommodation, top-quality food, and award-winning Michelin-star French chefs as course tutors.

We offer scheduled French cooking vacations through Spring, Summer and Autumn, and also tailor-make cookery holidays for groups of 6 or more food & wine enthusiasts, culinary students, hospitality professionals and seniors. Half-day non-residential Chef Encounter courses are available on selected dates during the year.

Recommended in the book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”, French House Party offers superior residential learning courses at an 8-bedroomed house with swimming pool, tennis court and boules pitch.
Residential Cooking Courses:
- Cuisine in Brief: 3-day course (Friday to Sunday) offered at different times during Summer and Autumn 2014.
- Gourmet Explorer: 6-day course (Friday to Wednesday) offered at different times during Spring, Summer and Autumn 2014.
- Advanced Gourmet Explorer: Unique 7-day break offered in Autumn.

Non-Residential Cooking Courses - Half-day courses:

- Chef Encounter: Morning sessions making 2-course lunch
- Chef Encounter Plus: Afternoon sessions making 3-course dinner

Specific contact pages
6. Ducasse Education, Paris
Courses / Programs
Discover the world of culinary arts with renowned chefs! Situated in Argenteuil, in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, Ducasse Education is a leading culinary arts school, run by the world-famous chef Alain Ducasse. We provide intensive year-round and summer culinary programs for French students, international students, practicing cooks and continuing education for professional chefs.

Taught in the English language, our cooking courses combine theory with plenty of hands-on training. In our longer programs, you will also have the opportunity to take part in an internship in an authentic French restaurant.

Our comphensive programs cover all of the essential functional culinary skills. In addition, they provide in-depth knowledge of products, seasonal availability, nutritional value, appropriate preparation methods, health & safety aspects, and applicable technologies. We also offer a Wine Essentials course, taught in English or French.

Ducasse Education was founded by Alain Ducasse - the legendary award-winning chef, whose restaurants had a combined total of 19 Michelin stars in 2013. French culinary students and professional chefs alike have benefited from the highest level of instruction at Ducasse Education.

Student Testimonial:
"The small class size allowed for close interaction with chef instructors. We used the best products, and made interesting recipes. I found each day to be a unique and rewarding challenge."
- Christian Mantei, USA, Practicing Chef
Culinary Arts Programs – Taught in English

- Commis Chef Program: 5 months of skills-building training + 3 months internship in a French restaurant

- Chef de Partie Program: 3 months of skills-building training + 3 months internship in a French restaurant

Discovery Programs – Taught in English or French

- Culinary Essentials Summer Program: For beginners or improvers - 7 weeks of skills-building training + 1 week internship in a French restaurant

- Wine Essentials Program: 3 weeks of wine training followed by an optional 5-day field-trip

Specific contact pages
7. The Candle Academy, French Riviera
Courses / Programs
Study at Europe's leading candle making school. At The Candle Academy, we provide top-quality, intensive candle making courses in the South of France. Our school is situated in the beautiful resort town of Antibes on the Mediterrean Coast, between Nice and Cannes.

Learn from one of the world's top candle designers - Gary Simmons. Whether you want to start your own business, or learn candle making as a hobby, we have a course to suit your needs. 

Our candle making centre provides a calm and relaxing atmosphere for one-on-one training in all aspects of candle designing to manufacturing to marketing. In addition to our hands-on courses, we also provide extensive courses online.

Candle techniques can take years to learn yet if taught properly can be learned through formulas (which are highly guarded in the candle making industry today because they generate a lot of revenue). Everything that is taught by Gary Simmons is an accumulation of being active in this marketplace for 20 years, covering every aspect of it.

"I have been a candlemaker for 14 years and felt stuck with no creativity. The courses right from the start enabled me to be inspired and much more creative. My existing customers bought my new designs right away."
- H. Auounsdottir, Iceland

"Very detailed and intensive. I was looking for the wow factor and thats exactly what I got." 
- G. Woodard, USA

"I never imagined that candlemaking could be so exciting and challenging. The course is full of information.."
- Y.Tran, Brazil
Year-Round Candle Making Courses - One-to-one instruction:

- Candle Making Business Setup (8 days)

- Condensed Business Setup course (5 days)

- Advanced Candle Making course (2 days)

- Candle Making weekend courses (2 days)

- Basic Intro to the Art of Candle Making (2 hours)

- Distance Learning / Online Candle Making courses (comprehensive training)

- Candle making courses in Summer

Courses are taught in English or French depending on your preference. Training is hands-on and very visual. 

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Updated: 2014-08-07
8. Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art
Courses / Programs
Deepen your knowledge. Extend your reach. Welcome to the PASCA experience.

Welcome to the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (PASCA), an international fine arts institution located in the historic artists' colony of Pont-Aven, in Brittany, France. Our 15-week semester programs and two advanced summer intensives are designed to encourage artistic expression, personal growth, and a broader understanding of the connection between human history and your life as an artist. In our program you’ll study, work, and travel to the art and cultural centers of Europe.

Join students from all over the world, and take part in a unique opportunity to develop advanced conceptual and cultural skills gleaned from living and working in an atmosphere of lively discourse, guided studio instruction and cultural immersion.
Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Installations, Conceptual Art Courses
9. Garden Design Academy
Courses / Programs
The Garden Design Academy, located in the Loire Valley region of Central France, is run by award-winning English garden designers Colin and Marie-Chantal Elliott. They are specialist tutors offering English language residential tuition in garden design and CAD technologies. We also offer over 60 distance learning courses.

Drawing on over 30 years of experience in horticulture, gardening, garden design and landscaping, the Academy provides a wide range of courses in these subjects by distance learning and a number of residential courses based in France's Loire Valley.

By teaming up with horicultural education experts around the world they have put together a range of courses from those suitable for the keen amateur gardener, through a range of professional developement training up to Masters level.

The Garden Design Academy is proud to offer the full range of qualifications from the UK's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and is the only establishment on mainland Europe to do so.

Their site in this central location gives residential students easy access by plane, train and car from all over Europe. Visits are arranged to the famous chateaux and gardens of the Loire Valley nearby.
Residential courses:
- CAD for Garden Designers (professional)
- Design your own Garden (amateur)

Distance learning, including:
- RHS Horticulture levels 2 & 3
- Master of Horticulture (RHS)
- CAD for Garden Designers
- Certificate & Diploma in Garden Design
- Certificates in Horticulture - cut flowers, herbs, organic,
- Horticulture
- Garden History
- Landscaping
- Permaculture Systems
- Plantsmanship
- Viticulture
10. Studio M Academy
Courses / Programs
Based in Montpellier, close to the Mediterranean coast in southern France, Studio M Academy is an international media & art school set up to welcome English-speaking students from around the world seeking to learn the arts in France. Studio M provides a wide range of professional Diplomas, Degrees and Short Courses in different artistic domains including Visual Communication, Film Directing, Sound Design, 3D Animation, and more.

Studio M offers not only French state qualifications (BAC Pro, BTS), but also international diplomas, Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Students can continue their studies internationally or pursue a career abroad. Studio M is a member of the European Federation of Schools. The languages and understanding of European culture is central to our ethos, ensuring our students are best prepared for the workplace.

Studio M has schools across France (in Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse), and one in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and have trained young people to become consummate professionals for more than 20 years. Passion allows each undergraduate to excel in their chosen field, and our school provides them with the tools and training so that they can attain their goals.
Diplomas, Degrees, and Short Courses in Media & Arts taught in English & French:

Course categories include:
- Visual Communication And Graphics
- Design
- 3D Animation
- Photography
- Audiovisual
- Sound and Radio

Degree courses:
- Bachelor of Arts - Multimedia
- Bachelor of Arts - Design
- Bachelor of Arts in 3D Animation
- Master of Arts - 3D Animation and Game Design
- Art Director in Design and Communication (Masters)
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