- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: France
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: January, September
- Category: Performing & Visual Arts
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 19+
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Berridge offers gap year and summer high school arts programs in the US and France. Since 2008, we have built creative communities in inspiring settings that empower our students with an expanded sense of self, passion for art and a wider perspective on the world.
Creative Semester offers the unique opportunity to combine artistic practice, cultural immersion, arts-based internship, community service and optional French language learning on your gap year. Live in an 18th century chateau in the heart of Normandy and immerse yourself in French culture and artistic practice alongside professional artists.
This 10-week program is divided into 6 modules:
Cultural Immersion (2 weeks) From the D Day Landing Beaches to Medieval Bayeux, you’ll have guided tours of all the best sites as you gather artistic inspiration.
Arts Intensive (2 weeks) Work with professional actors, filmmakers, artists, writers and producers from around the world to build skills, craft a portfolio and complete projects.
Arts Internship OR Language School (2 weeks) We’ll help you find a great arts-based internship or place you on a French language course in Paris or Nice.
Arts in Action (2 weeks) We’ll connect you with a local community-based project or help you develop an activism project around something you are passionate about.
Arts Adventure (1 week) We’ll help you craft a week-long independent travel adventure that will ignite your creative ideas
Arts Fest (1 week) Your Creative Semester culminates in a week-long arts festival where you’ll premiere all of the work you’ve created during your time with us.
Creative Semester welcomes artists of all levels of experience and from every discipline including Theater, Film, Writing, Studio Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Music. Connect with artists from around the world, cultivate new artistic perspectives and discover where your creativity can take you on your gap year!