Can I stay a full year?
Students must be invited back to attend a second or third semester. We chose students who demonstrate high work ethic, commitment and responsibility. Students continue their studies in more depth and may also investigate a different discipline their second semester. Working with the instructors, they devise projects to further their competency, often completing independent projects.
How many classes can I take?
The arts inform each other and we encourage our students to study new disciplines.
While there is no limit to the number of classes you can take, most students chose to focus on either painting or photography. Painters as a rule take both basic drawing and figure drawing regardless of previous experience and many opt to take bookcraft as well. Photographers take digitaldarkroom along with camera work and history of photography.
That being said, there are painters who have taken digital and photographers who have studied drawing. All classes are open, though as a rule must be attended from the start of the semester.
Art history is generally attended by all students, and many elect to take creative writing and literature.
Do I have to be in art school to attend?
No. Our students come from a wide-variety of educational backgrounds.
How are classes scheduled?
Most studio classes meet sometime between 9AM and 6PM and do not overlap. Classes in general meet twice a week and last either 1, 2 or 3 hours.
Art history, literature and creative writing meet in the evenings, usually at 6PM, and last either 1 or 2 hours.
For more information on classes please see our course descriptions.
What kind of camera should I bring?
It depends on whether you will be taking digital or analog photographs. For your digital camera the one requirement is that is must capture in RAW format. For analog, any film camera will be sufficient. The Aegean Center has various medium and large format cameras that students can use.
Are the courses in English?
Yes, all courses at the Aegean Center are conducted in English by native speakers. There are however weekly lessons in conversational Greek given by our Greek students for whoever is interested.
Can somebody stay with me in the student housing?
It must be arranged before your guest arrives with the housing manager.
What are the ages of the students?
While the majority of our students are of university age, we welcome learners of all ages. We feel that a mixture of ages is vital to a successful educational experience. A breadth of ages makes for a much more dynamic experience.
Is there an age limit?
You must be at least 17 to attend.
Do you accept gap years?
Yes. There are a handful of gap year students every semester. Taking a year off between high school and college can be a very maturing and eye-opening experience. Going on to college after a semester abroad, makes one far more ready for the university experience.
The application deadline has passed. Is it too late to apply?
We respond to applications on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you apply, the better. While we do have application deadlines, there may still be spots available for the next semester. It’s always worthwhile sending an application to see if we have a cancellation.
Do you have scholarships and/or financial aid?
Yes. Please visit our Admissions page for a list of scholarships offered by the Aegean Center.
I'm a beginner. Can I still come?
The Aegean Center welcomes beginners and advanced students alike. Our small classes and one-on-one tutorials ensure that whatever your level, our instruction furthers your progress. Mixed-age and mixed-level groups benefit everyone; students learn as much from each other as they do from formal instruction.
What is the student housing like?
Students stay in individual small studio apartments. Each apartment has a simple kitchen, with utensils, stove and refrigerator, a heating unit a private bathroom and wifi. For more information please visit our Housing page.
Can I get credits?
Over the years the majority of our students have successfully studied for credits in our program. This is discussed in detail early in the application process. For a list of universities that have granted credits to students who have studied for a full semester or more please visit our University Credit page.
Do I need a visa?
North American students can travel to Europe with a tourist visa and do not require other documents. Students from other countries will need to contact the director.
What do students do after the Aegean Center?
Many of our students go on to pursue art and art history careers. We find that many change their focus to include the arts in their lives.
Where do your students come from?
While the majority of our students come from North America, we have had students from all over the world, including India, Mexico, the Philippines, Sweden, the UK, Norway, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Russia...
Can I get into my apartment early before the program begins?
Can I buy my art supplies there?
Limited supplies are available on Paros such as canvas, paper, pencils, some oil paints and some acrylics. A set of oil paints and brushes should be brought with you. A full list of required materials is provided with acceptance materials. Stretchers, rags and some bookcraft supplies are provided by the school. Photographic paper for dark room and digital is sold to students.
Can I have things sent? What's the mailing address?
Your name, The Aegean Center, Paros, Greece
Do you need a portfolio?
If you are applying for an advanced level, you should send digital samples of your work. However, applications are not judged on the level of artistic accomplishment but on enthusiasm, spirit and willingness to learn.