Académie Charpentier

Académie Charpentier was founded in 1904 by the Swiss painter Martha Stettler under the name of Académie de la Grande Chaumière. The school's studios originate at the beginning of the 19th century when they were frequented by Delacroix, Manet, Pissarro, and Cézanne among others. Taken over by the Charpentier family in 1957, today it is a well-known small private university for art, interior design, and visual communications, delivering a state-recognized diploma. L'Académie Charpentier ranks among the top 10 schools for interior design in France.

The teaching staff consists of professionals involved in the latest developments of their discipline. Many of them have won important competitions and have received national and international awards. The school fosters a continuous connection between course work and la vie active, or the working life. Students are prepared for their future creative careers with internships, immersive courses, and involvement with expositions.

About the Exchange Program

Undergraduate students enrolled in DEA may spend one semester, and in some cases, up to a year, studying at the Académie Charpentier in Paris.

The Académie has strong relationships and partnerships with various institutions in and outside Europe in both the academic and professional world.

L’Académie Charpentier is located in the heart of Paris in the 6th arrondissement, the Montparnasse, a lively quarter with busy sidewalks, filled with cafés and restaurants. It has kept the original charm of these renowned artists’ studios which are almost unchanged.

The school still houses the historical Académie de la Grande Chaumière where students have access to live model drawing classes and a wide array of other drawing and painting classes. 

Paris is the capital and largest city of France, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Often noted for its architecture, urban design, and green spaces, Paris is also one of the four fashion capitals in the world. The city is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers; entertainment, music, media, and the arts contributing to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.



The school’s teaching program advocates a versatile experience of the many facets of interior design, halfway between design and communication, art and industry, in order to respond to a changing society and to reveal to each student his or her own creative identity.

There are two areas of specialization:

  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Graphic Design and Visual Communication

L’Académie Charpentier offers a comprehensive range of subjects within the fields of interior design and visual communications. These include: 

  • History of Art
  • Architecture and Design
  • Typography
  • Photography
  • Creativity and Personality Development Law
  • Business Management


The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris is home to 10,000 students, researchers and artists, with over 140 nationalities, 40 houses and a host of services. The Cité’s park spans 34 heactares and is home to the most extensive range of student accommodation in the Paris Region. The USA foundation was designed to embody Franco-American friendship and provide accommodation for US students and researchers in Paris. 

The USA Foundation comprises 267 rooms, along with eight artist’s workshops and nine rehearsal studios. The building’s interior has retained its original Art Deco style. The spacious lounge is decorated with frescoes by Robert La Montagne Saint-Hubert, depicting the history of French art through different periods.

There are also many other accommodation options available via the school website. 

How to apply to a Human Ecology Exchange program.

Get the Exchange Program Brochure, student testimonials and slideshow materials at the Human Ecology Student and Career Development office.

Académie Charpentier's Website

For even more information about Charpentier, check out its website!

Pick up the brochure in the exchange programs office at MVR183.


If you have questions about the program or would like additional information about applying, contact:

Paul Fisher         Deanne Maxwell
Human Ecology Student and Career Development
Academic Surge A
Please Schedule an appointment by calling 607-255-2532.