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Sarah Lawrence in Paris features two core programs designed to accommodate students at varying levels of fluency. Students in both programs will have the opportunity for study in courses within the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Students with low intermediate proficiency in French will follow a prescribed course of study that provides a balance between academics and the arts in the French Cultural Studies Program.

Students with advanced intermediate proficiency in French will be able to study at French universities and also pursue visual arts and performing arts courses at studios and conservatories in and around Paris through the Advanced Studies Program. Advanced Studies Program students may also specialize in social sciences or the arts through our intensive programs.

Both programs are open to juniors and seniors and welcomes students from other colleges.

French Cultural Studies Program

The French Cultural Studies Program is designed for students with low intermediate proficiency in the French language. It offers students the opportunity to study French literature, cinema, social sciences, and the arts. Students follow a fixed program of study and are required to live in homestays and participate in specific program-sponsored activities. Class size is small and students meet with their professors individually.

The curriculum for the French Cultural Studies Program is taught in both French and English as indicated below:

  • French Language and Literature (7 credits per semester)
  • One seminar (taught in English)
    • A humanities seminar in the fall (French Cinema; 4 credits)
    • A social science seminar in the spring (TBA; 4 credits)
  • A course in the arts (taught in French)
    • Dance, Drawing/Painting, Engraving, Sculpture/Ceramics, or Photography (4 credits)

Advanced Studies Program

The Advanced Studies Program is ideal for students who have completed at least two years of college-level French, and who are prepared to study in advanced seminars and at French universities and institutions.

The program includes one French language course, one advanced seminar, and two elective courses. Students meet individually with professors in conference sessions to discuss course material and receive guidance on their individual research projects.

All courses and conferences are conducted in French. To enhance linguistic and cultural immersion, students in the Advanced Studies Program pledge to speak French at Reid Hall and during all program activities.

The curriculum for the Advanced Studies Program is as follows:

  • One advanced French language (3 credits)
  • One advanced seminar in the humanities or social sciences (4 credits)
  • Two electives, chosen from advanced seminars at Reid Hall or courses at French universities

Courses at French Universities

Sarah Lawrence College students can take classes at the following universities and institutions, provided the student has the required linguistic level (all classes are conducted in French) and appropriate academic background.

  • Paris IV (former Sorbonne): Art history, archeology, literature, philosophy, history, and sociology
  • Paris VII: Anthropology, cinema, geography, literature, and sociology
  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques: Political science courses (international relations and social sciences)
  • Institut Catholique: Economics, philosophy, and religion

The following is an example of courses offered at French institutions. Actual course offerings vary year to year; students can review a list of available courses during the orientation period.

Institution

Discipline

Courses

First Semester

Second Semester

Paris 4 Art History Archeology and Art History of the Ancient Middle East Painting in France, from David to Courbet
History Revolutions in Europe (1815-1914) Baroque Europe: Religion and Culture
Linguistics Linguistics World Languages
Literature French Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries Francophone Literature
Music and Musicology Evaluation of Musical Language History of Music
Philosophy Nothingness The Scientific Method
Paris 7 Arts History and Theory of the Visual Arts Text and Image: Writings on Art
Economics History of Economics Sociology of Labor
Film Hollywood and Italian Cinema Film Analysis: Wandering Figures
History France and Europe in the Modern Era World History: Sub-Saharan Africa
Literature Fantasy Writing Literature and Psychoanalysis
Theatre History of Production Jazz and Theatre
Institut Catholique Economics Analyzing the World Economy History of Economic Thought
Philosophy Introduction to the Philosophy of Knowledge French Phenomenology
Religion Introduction to Judaism An Ethnological Approach to African Religions
Institut d’Etudes Politiques Economics International Commerce and Globalization The Global Wine Market: French Companies in an Evolving World Market
European Studies History of Political Ideas New European Democracies: Towards a Common Political Model?
International Relations Introduction to the Contemporary Arab World: Ideas, Systems and Political Actors International Realities
Sociology French Prisons and Foreign Prisons Religion and Society

Seminars & Language Courses

The Sarah Lawrence College in Paris headquarters are located at Reid Hall, a university center shared with other American, French, and English university programs.

Classes are small, with no more than 10 students. Courses may vary from year to year. Past seminars and language courses have included:

Art History

  • Art in Paris in the 19th Century: Academic Tradition and the Birth of Modernity from David’s Oath of the Horatii to Monet’s Water Lilies (Fall Semester)
    Professor Moll
    This course examines diverse artistic movements and major works beginning with creations from the period of the French Revolution and ending with the almost abstract aspects of Monet’s last works, the Water Lilies.

    Based on the study of the foundations of modernity in painting and sculpture, the course focuses on the contradictions of the 19th century, a period of major industrialization and profound social and political transformations. Close attention is paid to the impressionist movement, Japonism, black romanticism, and the post-impressionist generation.

  • Art in Paris in the 20th Century: Avant-Gardes, Ruptures, Revolutions (Spring Semester)
    Professor Moll
    In this course, students study major artistic works and movements in 20th century Paris, from the essential creations of Matisse and Picasso to the “monochrome” revolution and the great transformations of the 1970s. The paintings and sculptures of several great artists of the era are explored, including works from Duchamp, Léger, Chagall, Chirico, Brancusi, Giacometti, Dali, Mondrian, Balthus, Pollack, Jorn, Yves Klein, and others.

    The course also looks at the Cubist revolution and the Surrealist revolution, both born in Paris and influential in the art world. Several revolutionary innovations and inventions are examined, including collages, the influence of African and Oceanic arts, creations based on “ready-made” objects, and the upheavals they cause in 20th century art.

  • Architecture in Paris: From Classical Paris to Modern Paris: Parisian Architectures from the Louvre Palace to the Orsay Train Station; Styles, Forms, Innovations (Fall Semester)
    Professor Moll
    This course studies the evolution and innovative character of Parisian architecture, from the classical period through the first modern metallic creations.

    After an exploration of major architectural issues and their foundations in antiquity, the course follows a chronological path from 1550 to 1870, examining religious and civil architecture. The foundations of classicism in France and the study of Versailles, as well as the revolutionary architecture of the 18th century and the metallic architecture of the 19th century, are emphasized. The course also examines the first universal expositions and their role in the evolution of world architecture, making connections between Paris and Rome, London, and other capital cities, revealing the originality of Parisian architecture and the role of Paris as a pioneer in modern architecture.

  • Architecture in Paris: Architectures of Modern and Contemporary Paris: Styles, Theories, Constructions; From the Eiffel Tower to the Grande Arche de La Défense (Spring Semester)
    Professor Moll
    Following a review of modernization in the Haussman era and its global consequences, this course focuses on Parisian architecture from 1870 through present day.

    Students examine three essential periods: 1870-1914, the period of the last universal expositions, a period rich in urban and architectural developments; the 1920s and 1930s, a period of ruptures and innovations of the avant-garde; and the 1980s, a period of new architects and construction of new monuments.

Cinema

  • French Cinema from the New Wave to the Present (Fall Semester)
    Professor Broda
    In this course, students study the evolution of French cinema after World War II.

    This course is grounded in cultural history and other areas such as political history, social history, and the history of the media. Students gain an excellent background in contemporary cinema by exploring the great esthetic movements of the New Wave in the 1950s and 1960s, the poetic and political logic of the 1970s, and the graphic and post-modern approaches of the 1990s and 2000s.

  • Genres in Francophone Cinema (Spring Semester)
    Professor Broda
    This course examines French cinema by focusing on the notion of the cinematographic genre, tackling its aesthetic, economic, and sociological dimensions; and examining the cultural history of cinema. Students study many genres, illustrated by film excerpts.

Literature

  • The Return of the Tragic in 20th Century Theater (Fall Semester)
    Professor Alazet
    The theatrical productions of the second half of the 20
    th century mark a return of the tragic and of a form embodied by the French 17th century: the tragedy.

    Students examine the evolution of theater in the 20
    th century through the readings of dramatic texts. Genres explored include existentialist theater (Sartre), Theater of the Absurd (Ionesco, Beckett), and theater of modernity (Duras). Students also study two plays representative of 17th century tragedy.

  • The Feminine Voice in 20th Century Novels (Spring Semester)
    Professor Alazet 
    This course explores a common desire of female writers of the 20th century: to alter the novelistic genre and express an original, feminine voice.

    The work of Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Duras, and Nathalie Sarraute are examined. The course also analyzes a similar evolution in cinema through the study of Alain Resnais’ film, Hiroshima Mon Amour, which marks the beginning of the New Wave in cinema, similar to the New Wave in literature.

  • Theater in Paris: Great Works, Productions, and Interpretations of the Current Season (Spring Semester)
    Professor Devaux
    This course presents the major theatrical works of the season. The study of these works allows students to view them in historical context, examine the adaptation of classic works into contemporary and avant-garde interpretations, and analyze stage directors’ choices and production techniques.

    Trips to the Comédie Française and other famous theaters help students further their research and meet Parisian producers and actors.

Political Science

  • France in Europe: Political Systems and International Relations (Spring Semester)
    Professor Germanangue
    A panorama of the press and a portrait of French political life familiarizes students with the principle political parties in France and helps them assess the ideologies of various newspapers and press reviews.

Sociology

  • France and Algeria: Between History and Memory Immigration and Multiculturalism in France (Fall Semester)
    Professor Mongo-Mboussa
    The French presence in Algeria from 1830 to 1961 was a study in multiculturalism, from the cohabitation of monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism, and Catholicism) to the presence of several nationalities (Spanish, Italians, Maltese, and Alsatians).

    This course focuses on the major events of this period and several key issues: the relationship between nationality and citizenship, the status of the pieds noirs and Algerian Jews who became French citizens after the Crémieux decree, and the identity crisis of the Harkis. The course also explores the destiny of key intellectual figures of the time, including Albert Camus, Franz Fanon, and Jacques Derrida.

  • French Immigration Politics: Between Naturalization and Assimilation; Immigration and Multiculturalism in France (Spring Semester)
    Professor Mongo-Mboussa
    Following an overview of French immigration in the 19
    th and 20th centuries, this course examines immigration policy and the political philosophy of present-day naturalization and assimilation in France. The study of multicultural France allows students to deepen their reflection on the notions of nation, citizenship, assimilation, secularism, the Jewish question, and to study the question of French minorities. The study of the School of Paris and the cultural ties between Paris, Berlin, Moscow, and New York enables students to analyze the notion of a European cultural identity.

Women’s Studies

  • From French Feminisms to Gender Studies (Fall Semester)
    Professor Frantz de Spot
    This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to feminism in France since the 1949 publication of The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir.

    In the course, students retrace the genesis of French feminism and explore the issues surrounding the fight against masculine dominance, distinguishing various feminist movements and positions, and explaining the transition from feminist theories of gender to queer theory. Students study political activism, considering artistic productions and their capacity to restructure language and representations.

French

All students are expected to take a French language course at the advanced level. Exceptions may be made for bilingual students. The language course provides students with the elements needed to reach their highest linguistic level and perform well in all other courses.

  • Advanced French I (Fall and Spring Semesters)
    Professor Bendelian
    This course offers a cultural exploration of France, systematic review of the grammatical and syntactical bases of the French language, and advanced phonetic training.

    Teachings are reinforced through written and oral exercises adapted to the needs of the group, dictations, and grammatical analyses of texts selected from the daily press and francophone literature. Conference work provides an opportunity for students to work in-depth on their linguistic difficulties, and to complete a personal research project on a cultural theme.

  • Advanced French II (Fall and Spring Semesters)
    Professors Bendelian and Ricci
    This course allows students to revise and deepen their linguistic skills, acquire training in academic writing, and develop their socio-cultural knowledge of France.

    The course focuses on the difficulties English-speaking students may encounter (agreement of tenses, use of subjunctive, the conditional and the hypothetical system) through practical written and oral exercises, as well as dictations, grammatical analyses of excerpts selected from the daily press or francophone literature, and through oral presentations and debates. In conference work, professors examine students’ work in detail.

  • Advanced French III (Spring Semester)
    Professor Ricci
    This course helps students develop a better mastery of spoken and written French through extensive study of grammar, texts, and appropriate exercises. Students regularly complete practical grammar exercises, prepare oral presentations, hold debates, and submit written assignments based on material studied in conference work. The course also provides students with a cultural approach to French society and to the city of Paris.

  • University Writing Workshop (Fall and Spring Semesters)
    Professor Bendelian
    Held during the first six weeks of the semester, this course is required for all students who wish to take courses at French universities and academic institutions. It prepares them for the written assignments in their classes. This intensive training focuses on the construction of argumentative discourse and its stylistic presentation. Students practice analyzing and synthesizing information, completing work on themes related to diverse disciplines.

Visual Arts

Students of all skill levels can take a course in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Each four-credit course consists of two three-hour sessions and at least three hours of independent work per week. All classes are conducted in French.

Students may enroll in visual arts courses at the following studios:

Drawing and Painting

  • Académie de Port-Royal: In-depth study of drawing, painting with live models, still-life composition, diverse techniques and formats, working with color
  • Atelier La Charpente: In-depth study of drawing: perspective, values, composition, colors; graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel and ink; drawing with live models; sculpture: study of volume and anatomy; work on proportions, values, and representation

Drawing, Textile, and Costume

  • Ecole Supérieure d'Art Françoise Conte: Acquisition of basic drawing and painting techniques; mastery and anticipation of trends; completion of projects and techniques for the fashion industry; textile workshops; completion of clothing and fashion accessories

Photography

  • Studio Vermès: Understanding the functions of the camera, capturing different types of light; black and white photography; digital photography, study of new creative processes; learning to read images, the silent image, silence in images; development of the student’s critical thinking skills and personal style
  • Spéos: A range of courses taught in basic and advanced darkroom technique; black and white photography; digital photography; depending on experience, more independent and open study is possible

Printmaking

  • Atelier 63: Initiation and perfection of printmaking techniques (zinc and bronze), etching, aquatint, soft ground, chiseling, drypoint, mezzotint, etc.

Sculpture/Pottery

  • Atelier Boz'art: Technical and esthetic study of clay sculpture, discovery of modeling and ceramics, work on form and decoration
  • Atelier de Sculpture Flury: Drawing with live models; sculpture: ceramic, wood, stone, metal; diverse techniques: modeling, plaster casting, direct carving, welding, and deep drawing
  • Les Arts d’Argile: Studio specializing in clay sculpture; ceramics, pottery; modeling, decoration, and composition techniques

For more information about studying the visual arts in Paris, please e-mail Gary Burnley, Professor of Visual Arts.

Intensive Programs in Visual Arts

Advanced students who wish to concentrate more than half of their coursework in the visual arts may apply to one of the Intensive Programs in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. All classes are conducted in French.

The typical study abroad Intensive Program in Visual Arts is eight credits per semester for 15-20 class hours per week and consists of: 

  • Two art courses
  • Research project
  • Exhibit attendance
  • Sarah Lawrence seminar
  • French language course

Sample Programs
The following is a list of sample intensive programs in the visual arts:

Sample Intensive Program in Photography

Academic Course

History of Photography

Art Courses

Black and White Photography
Digital Photography

Research Project

Paris and its Gargoyles

Exhibits

Photography Month, European Museum of Photography, Parisian Galleries

Sample Intensive Program in Printmaking

Academic Course

Eastern and Western Esthetics: Japanese Prints in the 19th Century

Art Courses

Printmaking
Drawing

Research Project

Monet and Japanese Prints

Exhibits

Giverny, the Guimet and Marmottan Museums

Dance

The dance program offers an overview of the major choreographic and technical influences in European countries during the last century, a variety of movement practices, and the possibility of attending performances.

Students may choose one four-credit course per semester. A typical dance course consists of three components:

Theoretical

  • History of European Dance in the 20th Century (Fall Semester)
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology (Spring Semester)
  • Improvisation and Composition

Three dance classes

  • Modern Dance
  • Two electives (African Dance, Ballet, Flamenco, Tap, etc.)

Sarah Lawrence Dance Courses
Professor Hamlin

  • History of European Dance in the 20th Century (Fall Semester)
    This course begins with French court dancing in the 16th century and covers the major trends of 20th century dance in Russia, Germany, England, France, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries. Video support gives students a visual reference and reading material supplements the lectures.
  • Anatomy/Kinesiology (Spring Semester)
    This class is taught in the classroom and the studio. In the classroom, the study of the structure of the body is presented using different visual and written supports. In the studio, a variety of placement techniques enable students to visualize what is being studied.
  • Improvisation/Composition (Fall and Spring Semester)
    This course is based on the Nikolias method inherited from Laban, Joos, Wigman, Holm, and Bessie Schönberg, founder of Sarah Lawrence’s dance department. The class is divided into two phases: directed group improvisation and individual composition work. Students work on precise themes each week and develop solo or group compositions to be shown at the end of each semester.

Dance Courses at Parisian Studios
Sarah Lawrence has partnerships with various private studios and teachers who offer a wide variety of classes in their native techniques. Students may enroll in courses at the following partner institutions:

  • The Ecole Peter Goss: An open school that offers professional training in contemporary dance. Based on an alternation between suspension and release, the Goss technique draws its inspiration from the modern dance tradition, including such figures as Doris Humphrey and José Limon. The technique also incorporates certain principles of classical ballet, yoga, and the bodywork technique developed by Moshe Feldenkrais.
  • The Studio Harmonic and the Centre de Danse du Marais: Two large studios with a variety of classes from ballet and contemporary techniques to flamenco, Oriental and African dance, character dance, tai chi, yoga, etc.
  • Ménagerie de Verre: A multidisciplinary studio dedicated to contemporary creation that regularly welcomes choreographers, performers, filmmakers, and visual artists.

For more information about the study abroad dance program in Paris, please e-mail Sarah Rudner, Director of the Dance Program.

Intensive Program in Dance

Advanced students who wish to concentrate more than half of their coursework in dance may apply to the Intensive Program. All classes are conducted in French.

The typical study abroad Intensive Program in Dance is eight credits per semester for 15-20 class hours per week and consists of: 

  • Regular dance curriculum
  • One elective course
  • Intensive workshop at a Parisian institution
  • Sarah Lawrence seminar
  • French language course

Sample Program
The following is a sample intensive program in dance:

  • Anatomy/Kinesiology (Sarah Lawrence College)
  • Improvisation/Composition (Sarah Lawrence College)
  • Ballet (Studio Harmonic)
  • Modern Dance (Studio Peter Goss)
  • Funk (Centre de Danse du Marais)
  • Salsa (Centre de Danse du Marais)
  • Tango (Centre de Danse du Marais)
  • Contemporary Workshop (Ménagerie de Verre)
  • African Dance Workshop (Centre Momboye)
  • Performance attendance

Music

The study abroad Paris music curriculum is structured around individual instruction in composition, voice, and instruments, and includes supporting course work in theory, history, and performance.

Students who wish to take music courses must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in French
  • Be proficient in “fixed do” solfege
  • Familiarize themselves with basic musical terms in French (students might find the book Abrégé de la Théorie de la Musique by A. Danhauser useful)

Students are encouraged to enroll for the full year or fall semester, as most schools will not accept students for only the spring semester.

Students may choose one four-credit course per semester. A typical music course consists of three components:

  • Individual instruction (instrumental performance, composition, electronic music, or voice)
  • Theory or History
  • Performance ensemble

Students may enroll in courses at the following partner institutions:

  • Schola Cantorum: All instruments and voice; solfege; theory and analysis; composition; history; individual and ensemble performance; master classes; special programs in piano pedagogy and organ

  • Ecole Normale de Musique: Highly competitive school that accepts advanced American students by audition. All instruments and voice; solfege; theory and analysis; composition; history; individual and ensemble performance; master classes; access to individual practice rooms

  • Conservatoire Charles Munch: Special programs in early music, baroque opera and instrumental music; all instruments and voice; solfege; theory and analysis; composition; history; individual and ensemble performance; big band jazz and jazz theory; access to individual practice rooms

  • Université de Paris IV (formerly the Sorbonne): Advanced academic studies include theory and analysis, history, musicology, and ethnomusicology

  • Université de Paris X: Theoretical ethnomusicology

  • Cité de la Musique: Studies in world music performance including traditional and contemporary music for the gamelan; steel drums; Arabic, Brazilian, Cuban, Indian, and West African music; rock and jazz; courses in history, form, and structure; courses on the relationship between music, society, and language; electroacoustic and computer music

  • Centre de Musique Médiévale: Special semester-long workshops in medieval music, including chant, vocal technique, monody and vocal polyphony, improvisation, notation, counterpoint, and history; one-day workshops on instrumental performance (vielles, ancient harp, lutes, and percussion); and stage practice.

  • IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique): Special weekend and weeklong programs studying software developed by IRCAM, including MAX, SPAT, MAX4LiVE, JiTTER, AUDIOSCULPT, MODALYS, and OPENMUSIC; advanced work in computer music; seminars in music research on the CURSUS program; special studies on the Artists Program with Sciences Po (Institut d’études politiques, or JEP).

For more information about study abroad music programs, please contact Chester Biscardi, Director of the Music Program, at 914.395.2334 or via e-mail.

Intensive Programs in Music

Advanced students who wish to concentrate more than half of their coursework in music may apply to an intensive program. All classes are conducted in French.

There are two intensive programs in music available:

Intensive Program in Jazz
Sarah Lawrence College partners with Le CIM for this program. Studies include all instruments and voice, theory, history, performance, world music, and gospel choir, along with interdisciplinary programs in dance and theater. Students have access to recording, media, and computer labs; study, rehearsal, and social spaces; and individual practice rooms.

The typical study abroad Intensive Program in Jazz is a full-year program (although, in some cases, it is possible to study jazz for the fall semester only) constituting eight credits per semester for 15-20 class hours per week.


Sample Intensive Program in Jazz 
(8 credits per semester; 15 to 20 class hours per week)

  • History of Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • Initiation to Jazz Technique
  • One Course in Technique (instrumental or vocal)
  • Harmony
  • Solfege – Aural Skills
  • Rhythmic Solfege/ Rhythmic Culture
  • Sight-Reading
  • Group Workshop

Intensive Program in Classical Music

Sarah Lawrence College partners with the highly competitive Ecole Normale de Musique for this program. American students are accepted by audition only. Studies include all instruments and voice, solfege, theory and analysis, composition, and history. Students participate in individual and ensemble performance, attend master classes, and have access to individual practice rooms.

The typical study abroad Intensive Program in Classical Music is a full-year program constituting eight credits per semester for 15-20 class hours per week.

Sample Intensive Program in Classical Music (8 credits per semester; 15 to 20 class hours per week)

  • Music History
  • Analyzing 20th Century Music
  • Counterpoint
  • Piano
  • Piano Accompaniment
  • Chamber Music

Given the complexities of the French musical system, these are especially challenging programs. Students will audition and be interviewed for individual instruction at the specific institutions to which they are applying when they arrive in Paris. 

Instrumentalists and vocalists will perform a piece of their own choosing and may be asked to play a technical exercise. They should also be prepared to take diagnostic tests in solfege, theory, and harmony, including sight-reading, sight-singing, and dictation. Candidates will be placed at a level of study corresponding to their abilities. Final programs will be arranged and approved by the Sarah Lawrence Paris Program Director.

Theater

Paris’ cultural history and traditions provide an ideal context for the pursuit of theatrical experimentation.

Students may choose one four-credit course per semester. All courses are conducted in French. A typical theater course consists of three components:

  • Theory or History
  • Acting Instruction
  • Movement or Voice

Students may enroll in courses at the following partner institutions:

  • Atelier de Belleville: Dramatic corporal mime following the method of Etienne Decroux; analysis of the importance of silence for the modern man, whose actions are no longer connected to economic production; study and analysis of essential aspects of human drama: passions, dreams, etc.
  • La Compagnie Nomad: Textual and Gestual Theater; preparation of the body for maximum awareness: sensorial awakening through the exploration of the inner space; yawning and soft vibration of vocal cords; consciousness of space and others onstage; exploration of the self and the other designed to build the actor’s autonomy
  • Le Samovar: Analysis and in-depth study of clown acting; improvisation around a given theme: daily life, relationship to objects, singing, writing for clowns; clowns and body language: grounding the body in the real, masks, the silence of the clown
  • Studio Alain de Bock: Courses in improvisation, interpretation, clown and commedia dell’arte; musical theater workshops; acting for the camera, experimenting with stage directors; all major pedagogical schools are taught: classical, Stanislavian, Italian, Brechtian, etc.; physical training is an integral part of the classes

Intensive Program in Theater

Advanced students who wish to concentrate more than half of their coursework in theater may apply to the Intensive Program in Theater. This is a full-year program consisting of eight credits per semester, for 15-20 class hours per week.

Students study at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. The Lecoq technique, a form of physical theater, applies the traditions of mime and dramatic choreography to acting. Teaching is based on the dynamics of movement, involving the body as the primary element of recognition of the living being. 

In addition to the curriculum at the Ecole Internationale, students are required to take one Sarah Lawrence seminar and a French language course.

Sample Intensive Program in Theatre (8 credits per semester; 15 to 20 class hours per week)

  • Movement Analysis I
  • Movement Analysis II
  • Improvisation I
  • Improvisation II
  • Improvisation III
  • Acrobatics

Filmmaking

The Sarah Lawrence Intensive Program at the Ecole Internationale de Cinéma d’Audiovisuel et de Réalisation (EICAR) allows students to acquire intensive training in the essential aspects of making a movie.

The program may be taken for one semester or a full year and carries eight credits per semester, for an average of 12 class hours per week.

The study abroad Filmmaking Intensive is composed of two parts:

  • Theoretical: Courses in the history of cinema and the major theories of editing. The first course provides students with a general background in the field. The study of the theory of editing offers a review of the evolution of cinematographic language, developing students’ knowledge and awareness of the use of various narrative and stylistic effects. This knowledge is then put into practice through editing software (Final Pro Cut), special effects software (After Effects), sound editing software (Pro Tools), as well as calibration software (Color), all of which are essential in the making of a short movie.

  • Practical: Composed of workshops including HD camera, light (direct and indirect lighting, blonde, and redhead studio lights), sound editing (voice, noise, sound effects, etc.), scriptwriting (basics of dramaturgy, storytelling), and directing (apprehending acting, finesse of directing).

Sarah Lawrence students take classes with French students and work in groups to create 10-minute films that are completed at the end of the semester. After choosing the topic for a short film, students have weekly meetings with a tutor to progress in each stage of the project: writing the film (title, synopsis, screenplay, and note of intention), preproduction (composition of technical and artistic teams, production of documents for filming), shooting of the film, and post-production (image and sound editing, calibration, and mixing).

Students are also required to take one Sarah Lawrence seminar and a French language course.

Sample Intensive Program (8 credits per semester; an average of 12 class hours per week)

Preparation for Production
History of Cinema
Editing Workshop
Lighting Workshop
Screenwriting Workshop

Films by Recent Students

Video & Graphic Design

Sarah Lawrence College partners with MJM Graphic Design to offer intensive programs in video editing, 3D animation, and graphic design that allow students to work independently to attain a professional level of expertise. While it is possible to study at MJM for the fall term only, most programs are full-year programs.

Video Editing

Students receive training in filming techniques (theory and practice), editing, special effects, general knowledge of visual arts, exploration of cultural archetypes, 2D and 3D lighting techniques, etc.

  • 3D Animation
    Students study the creation and animation of 3D images based on the most advanced techniques for animated cinema, special effects, television, or video games, including digital creation and animation, 2D, film analysis, modeling, texture, and animation

  • Graphic Design
    Students enroll in MJM’s web design program and study the conception and creation of interactive websites. They learn how to integrate text, images, animation, videos, and sound using appropriate software (Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects, Adobe Première, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and codes (XHTML, CS, Action Script, PHP, etc.).

Students are also required to take one Sarah Lawrence seminar and a French language course.

Sample Intensive Program in Video Editing

Academic Course: Filming Technique—Theory and Practice
Art Courses: Video Editing, Special Effects
Research Project: Creation of a Music Video
Fieldwork: Community Project

Social Sciences

Advanced students who wish to concentrate more than half of their coursework in social sciences may apply to the Intensive Program in Social Sciences. The program allows students to construct an individualized curriculum around a specific area of interest. Students develop their program with the guidance of the Sarah Lawrence College in Paris Program Director and a specialist in the appropriate field.

The typical study abroad Intensive Program in Social Sciences is eight credits per semester for 10-15 class hours per week and consists of: 

  • Two academic courses
  • Sarah Lawrence conference work
  • One elective (optional)
  • Independent research project/fieldwork
  • Sarah Lawrence seminar
  • French language course

The program enables students to study the contemporary world from a European perspective and provides extensive training in French methodology. Fieldwork complements class work and puts students in contact with local communities and organizations. This independent work serves as valuable preparation for a senior thesis, graduate school, or a future career.

Students choose from classes at two of the world’s leading research institutions in the social sciences, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP or Sciences Po). Due to the rigor of these institutions, students must demonstrate an advanced level of written and spoken French.

Sample Intensive Programs in Social Sciences

Discipline

Course 1

Course 2

Elective

Anthropology*
Sample Intensive Program at EHESS
Anthropology of Western Knowledge

Professor Stoczkowski
Social History of Cultural Models

Professors Revel and Loriga
Anthropology of the Gaze: Documentary Filmmaking and the Ethnological Experience

Professor Breton
Economics*
Sample Intensive Program at IEP
International Commerce and Globalization

Professor Mayer
Globalization, States and Financial Markets

Professor Rachline
The Financial and Economic Crisis, 2007-2010

Professor Jacquillat
European Studies*
Sample Intensive Program at IEP
The European Union: Political System and Life

Professor Bourlanges
European Law

Professor Burgorgue-Larsen
The Crisis of the European Union

Professor Germanangue
International Relations*
Sample Intensive Program at IEP
Global Space

Professor Baudie
Introduction to the Contemporary Arab World

Professor Bahout
The Geo-economic Dynamic of the Persian Golf

Professor Tétart
Sociology*
Sample Intensive Program at IEP
Religion and Society

Professor Pouthier
Major Scientific Issues

Professor Le Deaut
Thoughts in Action: a History of Philosophical Problems in Contemporary France

Professor Simon-Nahum