Standard housing costs are included in the price of tuition. ( Fully furnished; includes all utilities and wireless internet access. No phone).
Standard student housing is a shared 2BR house or apartment in the center of town. Private 1BR apartments, 1BR houses, and family-size housing is available in limited supply, for slightly higher cost (minimum surcharge of +250 euros).
Priority housing assignment begins 1 July. Housing is assigned in the order that applications were originally received.
PLEASE NOTE: The 2BR shared housing cost is fully integrated in the tuition price, and is subject to all payment and refund polices
See our FAQS about Argenton-Chateau page for more information.
Guest Policy in Argenton-Chateau
Students in Studio Escalier housing can receive "weekend guests" on a week's notice for a fee of 20 euros per night. Any non-student guest or visiting family member staying more than 2 nights total MUST be scheduled during housing assignment and approved before arrival. Longer stays and partners are charged an additional flat fee on a case-by-case basis, payable in advance, due in full on arrival. No exceptions.
We will keep a strong pace, and will benefit from witnessing each other’s work. New concepts and exercises will be introduced and practiced weekly, often daily. As artists, time is our most valuable possession, and we spend it wisely. Due to its short length and density of content, daily attendance of the entire course (29 August – 12 October 2019) is expected of every student.
We are experienced witnesses to the results of concentrated and constant practice, for which there is no substitute. We take this chance to remind all applicants that their seriousness of purpose and level of motivation will be met in kind by the teachers of the course.
This means that repeatedly tardy or absent students risk being ignored in favor of more serious artists. We reserve the right to eject students from the course without refund, at any time, owing to daily tardiness or non-attendance (including any nonmedical absences).
Drug and Alcohol Policy
In accordance with French law, the drug policy at Studio Escalier is zero tolerance. Substance abuse of any kind -- including problem drinking, drunk driving, abuse of prescription drugs, and the sale or use of illegal/controlled substances -- will be met with dismissal from the studio program without refund.
The possession and/or abuse of controlled or illegal substances are additionally subject to prosecution by the local, national and international police. Drug and alcohol policy decisions are made at the sole discretion of the administration. All students should consider this their first and only warning.
Health and Safety Policy
No tuition refunds are available for failures of student health. Furthermore, as a matter of liability, Studio Escalier cannot be held financially, administratively or morally responsible at any time for the costs, concerns or caretaking of pre-existing psychological infirmities, medical conditions or physical illnesses.
In the interest of fair treatment and good faith between all parties, any and all underlying medical concerns (psychological, as well as physical) must be made known to the school at the time of application. Lying about health issues is an automatic dealbreaker, especially lying by omission.
Meaning, Studio Escalier reserves the right to expel any student from the program -- without refund, at any time -- owing to misrepresentation of their underlying psychological or physical well-being. Accepted students are also asked to inform the school of any serious diagnosis received between registration and their first day of class.
Failure to notify us of a serious pre-existing, or emerging, health problem before your arrival may result in annulment of your admission, without refund for cost of tuition, rent or travel -- without discussion or appeal.
Very infrequently, we are asked if we can provide accessible access or programs for students who are physically challenged (reduced mobility or muscular control; visual, neurological and other infirmities). Our Intensive Course studio is currently unable to offer access or admission to physically infirm or handicapped students.
If any prospective student is concerned that an otherwise undisclosed physical or medical condition may affect their daily attendance, artistic performance, or personal independence (climb and descend 44 stairs to attend figure sessions; walk 1 km daily in town, to shop or attend class), they are asked to make a full disclosure of their concerns or known condition at the time of their application.