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Berridge Programs

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Berridge offers gap year and summer high school arts programs in the US and France. We build creative communities in inspiring settings that empower our students with an expanded sense of self, passion for art and a wider perspective on the world. Live in an 18th century chateau in the heart of Normandy, France and experience life in beautiful, rural Normandy. Each program offers an extensive itinerary of excursions including the D-Day Landing Beaches, medieval Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Paris. Berridge offers the perfect blend of study abroad, cultural enrichment and experiential learning, all in the most stunning location you could ever imagine.

Founded
2008

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kai
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Berridge Film Program

I went to Berridge's film program in the summer of 2019 and it was the best summer of my life! Now, I go to the film program at NYU and the experience I had at Berridge was invaluable not only to my development as a filmmaker but as a person. Going away to a foreign country on my own with 40 new people was not the easiest for me, but I feel like I found myself at Berridge. My experience gave me a better perspective on my life as it did with filmmaking–helping me develop the skills and ideas that allowed me to become a better artist. If they had a gap year program, I would have definitely done it because at that period in one's life the experience at Berridge is irreplaceable.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Showing my film at the end of the program was pretty nerve-racking. But once I submitted it, the only thing to get over was own anxiety. I was sacred for everyone to see my film, but showing my work in front of the whole program and hearing their responses was one of the most liberating things I've ever felt.
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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing and Unforgettable Experience

I went to this program when I was 16 and it was the first time that I had really done anything on my own, away from my family and everything else in my life. I was also only just beginning to get interested in the art of filmmaking.
Before coming to Berridge I had a very narrow view of the world as I had never had a strong influence in my life that pushed me towards creativity and I had no concept of what the pursuit of art really looked like. I remember being very overwhelmed when I first arrived at the chateau, however, everyone there welcomes you like you are immediately a part of this huge artistic family. By the end of the program I felt that my entire view of the world had completely changed. You are surrounded by such an authentic part of the french countryside and by artists from all around the world, and you are taught to express yourself and to be emotional with everyone there. It opens you up to this extremely profound world that was (for me at least) something that I never imagined could exist. Berridge sparked a beautiful chain of events in my life.
I am now 20 years old, and I am studying filmmaking and pursuing my art in the image of the talented and amazing people that I meant at Berridge. I still look up to every one of them.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
When they screened our films at the end of camp it was the first time I shared any of my work with people so it was very nerve-racking. Everyone is always so supportive there and is genuinely happy and proud of you for whatever you create.
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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Berridge Film Program- An Amazing Way to Learn

I was a film student at Berridge programs for two summers. I only wish they had this longer program when I was 20! I learned so much and it has made me the working filmmaker I am today. I met amazing people, staff and students, and I now have a network of collaborative, amazing people that I can call upon to help me produce, act, write, and film scripts. I received incredible support from staff who really supported me in finding my authentic creative voice. This is a great program for the creative and also the technical side of filmmaking! Something that is incredibly unique about this program is that you walk away with your own work and an understanding of yourself as an artist.

The setting is amazing, and you couldn't ask for a better place to film. It's perfect for telling any kind of story. The chateau is full of history and can appear ancient or modern. The scenery is beautiful and any film you make will be impressive and unique.

The food is also amazing! They have a private chef who makes different meals every day and the food is fresh and local. The trips are also amazing!! You see things that you would never be able to see if you went to France by yourself.

I can't recommend this life changing program enough.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
A very French thing is to eat mussels with fries! That was an incredible experience to eat them practically right out of the ocean by the beach.

There is also a local bakery nearby where I had creme brulee eclairs.
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Zoey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer ever!

Spending my summer at the Berridge film program was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I got opportunities to learn and grow I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Berridge made me a better filmmaker, actor and person really. I can’t believe how much I learned about film in just one month. Having the opportunity to write and direct my own short film with a crew of people and my teachers to help me was amazing! I recommend this program to anyone who’s thinking about it and I’m so jealous that their gap year program is only getting started now!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Walking into my first film class! I was so nervous to start but the amazing film teachers made me feel at home right away and the film group quickly became like our own little family.
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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing and Unforgettable Experience (Film Program Alumni)

I went to this program when I was 16 and it was the first time that I had really done anything on my own, away from my family and everything else in my life. I was also only just beginning to get interested in the art of filmmaking.
Before coming to Berridge I had a very narrow view of the world as I had never had a strong influence in my life that pushed me towards creativity and I had no concept of what the pursuit of art really looked like. I remember being very overwhelmed when I first arrived at the chateau, however, everyone there welcomes you like you are immediately a part of this huge artistic family. By the end of the program I felt that my entire view of the world had completely changed. You are surrounded by such an authentic part of the french countryside and by artists from all around the world, and you are taught to express yourself and to be emotional with everyone there. It opens you up to this extremely profound world that was (for me at least) something that I never imagined could exist. Berridge sparked a beautiful chain of events in my life.
I am now 20 years old, and I am studying filmmaking and pursuing my art in the image of the talented and amazing people that I meant at Berridge. I still look up to everyone one of them.

What was your funniest moment?
When we did one of our trips into the nearby city, one of my friends bought a live chicken at a market. He returned it later.

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