[KPU] Paris: Fine Arts Field School 2023

France , Europe Past Program Visual Arts

Recommended Credits: 3-6
Program Website: https://www.kpu.ca/studyabroad/field-schools/paris-2023

Duration of Program:

  1. Pre-departure classes:  May 8 – May 26 2023* 
  2. Travel/Experiential: 2.5 weeks, June 3 – 21, 2023* 
    *Exact days/times for classes are TBD. 

Program Highlights and Travel Dates

Visit Paris, France and study the modern and contemporary development of Paris as an urban space in tandem with key historical flashpoints connected to French art and visual culture. Travel and explore while learning about the city through the lens of art history and contemporary studio practices. Working with the shared theme PARIS—FROM THE OUTSIDE IN, the goal is to approach Paris as a city best explored  from its lesser-known periphery to its highly influential center. Topics include traditions of avant-gardism, subversion, and outsider art influences characteristic of Paris during key historical turning points in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries hand in hand with unpacking the rich history of migrant, émigré, and refugee artists who have often been absorbed into French history and/or marginalized from art history.  This is truly a trip of a lifetime—come join KPU’s Fine Arts Field School and travel and learn alongside your fellow classmates and KPU faculty.

Full itinerary of visits to Paris museums, galleries, and key sites of interest related to modern and contemporary art, street art, photography, and film history, including but not limited to:

  • Orsay, Louvre
  • Centre Pompidou
  • L’Orangerie
  • Palais de Tokyo
  • Louis Vuitton Foundation
  • Cinema/photography museums
  • Optional visits to Versailles, Monet’s Garden at Giverny, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, and several Parisian art districts for gallery visits
  • Comprehensive tour of Paris via boat and/or bicycle tour 
  • Several free days to explore Paris as you wish!

Paris, France





May 8-26

Classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Campus

Surrey Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

June 3 Depart for Paris, France for 2.5 weeks of scheduled gallery/museum visits and activities Paris, France

June 21

Depart for Vancouver or continue your travels!


Classes Offered and Pre-requisites
ARTH 3100 and FINA 3202 (optional) (3/ 6 credits) Students may register to either 3 credits or 6 credits. Classes begin in May and are instructed by KPU Faculty members. Exact days/times for the pre-departure classes are TBD.
ARTH 3100: Any 6 credits of first- or second-year art history courses or 18 credits of any level university courses, or permission of the Instructor;
FINA 3202: Any 6 credits of first- or second-year studio/design courses, or with permission from field school instructors.

Note that students can enroll in up to 6 credits of courses (ARTH 3100 and FINA 3202) with at least 3 credits comprising ARTH 3100; no studio art experience is needed to enroll in ARTH 3100.

Application Details and Deadlines
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Application Steps
You can apply to join the Field School 2023 by following 3 easy steps: 
STEP 1: Read through the details of the field school HERE.
STEP 2: Fill out and submit your completed application online.
STEP 3: Pay your $500 deposit towards your program fees for the field school by December 16, 2022.

Application from Outside KPU
Applications from college and university students outside of KPU are encouraged and will be accepted and considered based on seat availability and compliance with pre-requisites. To arrange your application if you are study outside of KPU, please Email internationalprograms@kpu.ca with details of:

  1. where you are studying

  2. your program

  3. your expected number of credits completed by Spring 2023,

  4. A phone number you can be reached at.

Contact Information

KPU International:
Shanell Wong
Study Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Leaders:
Dorothy Barenscott

Art History Faculty

Jason Wright
Studio Faculty