Student housing costs are not included and housing administration services are not offered. Self-sufficiency and independence are expected of every student. The school will offer some general guidance and advice about the city to admitted students -- chiefly about seeking rental housing in Paris -- to help ensure that students have the most efficient, productive experience possible.
The school does not administrate or lease housing for Paris Program students, and can only offer general guidance about potential costs. Studio Escalier is not liable for any loss or damages associated with privately contracted housing or housing reservations, in the event of student cancellation, or other personal or material loss, including failure of health, acts of god, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: The closest Metro station to the Paris Program studio is Abbesses, on the M12 line. See our FAQS about Paris page for more information.
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 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). The Paris Program 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 daily in the museum and city), they are asked to make a full disclosure of their concerns or known condition at the time of their application.