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American School of Paris - founded 1946

Curricular Arts

ASP offers a variety of visual and performing arts classes scheduled within the school day, enjoying the same allocation of time as other subjects.

Students are able to pursue most arts courses to IB level guided by qualified, dedicated, specialist teachers. Clubs, ensembles, theater productions and student-led activities are also available after school, as are private music lessons..

Performing Arts

The performing arts curriculum and after school activities offer a wide variety of chances to celebrate, challenge, encourage, value, appreciate, and affirm our student body. Throughout the year we have several theater performances and musicals for each Divsion, our most recent shows were the Addams Family, Alice @ Wonderland, the Slipper and the Rose, SNAP, and several student director shows. In both semesters we have band concerts, jazz band performances, and choir concerts. There is something for every performer at ASP!

We have many advanced musicians at ASP who we also support–we have long been a member of the Association for Music in International Schools, an organization dedicated to supporting excellence in music globally. Each year a number of festivals are organized, inviting selected students to join a choir or orchestra composed of accomplished musicians from schools around the world for a week of workshops and instruction from world renowned musicians and conductors. We have hosted AMIS and had students travel around the world to participate in the organization.

Music Courses

Theater Courses

Middle School Theater:
Theater Foundations I & II, Advanced Theater, Theater in French

Upper School Theater:
IB Theater, Ensemble Theater

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts courses at ASP offer a diverse curriculum dedicated to expanding students’ critical and aesthetic horizons. Students may choose from a variety of media, with emphasis placed on individual growth and creative expression. Our students, of course, take advantage of being in Paris by visiting the Louvre, Giverny, Musee Rodin, and other excursions to experience the wonderful world of visual arts surround our school!

Digital Filmmaking

We are proud to have one of the leading IB film programs for international schools around the globe. Alongside our program, Paris is full of iconic film locations, and we ensure that our students gain access to many great professionals and experiences in the world of film production. We even have our very own annual film competition, Clash of the Titans, created by our IB Film teacher, Mr. Pessoa. The competition is geared toward IB film students from around the world, and takes place on the ASP campus, with student film crews spread out and planning an incredible film in less than 48-hours. Students and advisors look forward to the random allocation of their genre, actors, and any special props, before being turned loose to film on location in iconic Parisian streets. Students from ASP, Geneva, Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Dallas, Buenos Aires, and Doha have all been hosted on our campus for this epic event! 

Digital Filmmaking Courses at ASP

Explore our Art Spaces

We have made a significant investment in the arts through the construction of a new, modern building and the skilled maintenance of our 350-seat theater, the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Situated at the heart of ASP’s newly-developed campus, the Arts Link facility includes:

  • Black Box theater
  • Two sound-proofed music rooms
  • Performing arts classrooms
  • Practice rooms
  • Recording studio
  • Digital media lab
  • Film-making suite
  • Art rooms dedicated to ceramics, sculpture, photography and studio art

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