• France
4 - 12 weeks

Program Details

City Exploring
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Equipment Some Meals
What's Not Included
Some Equipment Some Meals
Feb 08, 2024
May 23, 2023
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About Program

Creative Semester is a 9-week artist residency based in an 18th-century chateau in Normandy, France. Study Studio Art, Film, Theatre or Music in a vibrant, creative community surrounded by the cultural and historical riches of France. Guided by professional artists, you'll build technique through a series of explorations, hands-on workshops, collaborations, and focused studio time helping you refine your unique artistic voice and build confidence in your craft.

With Normandy as the backdrop, you’ll create work that is both personally meaningful and informed by a sense of place. The program includes a range of excursions and a long weekend in Paris exploring the must-see sites and uncovering some hidden gems.

Join a vibrant community guided by seasoned artists, where you can craft a portfolio showcasing your individual and collaborative projects, perfect for shaping your path towards college and creative career opportunities.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn from professional artists and explore career options in the arts or creative fields
  • Develop your skills and knowledge of Film, Theatre, Studio Art or Music
  • Complete a portfolio of work for college application or career advancement
  • Live in a beautiful part of rural France and have an experience of French life
  • Visit Paris and enjoy free time on every field trip to explore and connect with

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  • Housing 4.75
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.75
  • Value 5
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I had such a good time on this program. The faculty were so fun to work with. They all pushed me to keep learning and trying new things while encouraging me to be more independent. I started the program wanting to experiment with light painting. None of the faculty members had a lot of experience, but a few faculty waited till it was dark and we all experimented together. The results turned out pretty cool. I also was able to experiment with new forms of cameraless photography, jewelry making, developing film, and even making a magazine. This program has helped me create a more experienced portfolio.

44 people found this review helpful.
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Berridge - a fantastic 3-month adventure

The Berridge Program opened my eyes to how teamwork and collaboration not only allows for converging opinions to form a creative project, but also boosts creativity. Meeting friends with similar creative interests, I could not have asked for a better environment to learn, film, and explore - especially in a foreign country. I would recommend the Berridge Gap Year program to anyone who is looking to expand their creative horizons and wants to get out of their comfort zone and learn about various creative fields in a beautiful place.

42 people found this review helpful.
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Berridge is awesome

The staff and kids are really dedicated in the projects that they are working on. The food is great, the housing system is really cool. I do wish that the two houses could interact more, as each house only holds 13 students, and we did most of our socializing at night because we were so busy during the day. Overall, I learned a ton and made a bunch of new friends. You also get to be in the middle of nowhere France, which is amazing because you get real French culture and you get to get away from your day to day life. It is definitely what I would search for in a gap year experience.

  • The staff are dedicated
  • The students are nice
  • You are in France, and get to have a minute to breathe
  • The houses couldn’t interact much
  • I wish I got to do more morning workshops, being in film you don’t get to do that many
  • I wish they gave us more freedom in Paris
48 people found this review helpful.
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Join this program if you want to come out with powerful cinematic skills. Don't think about it twice. Literally. There are programs out there that have purely technical classes, others that are just theory, etc. This program will teach you how to THINK, WRITE, and DIRECT, like a true filmmaker. They teach you the importance of imagery and emotion, while getting hands-on experience at the same time. You are dealing with genuine industry professionals that will teach you how to behave on set and ways to be successful in this industry. Completely worth it.

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