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Have you considered taking a gap year after high school to build your art portfolio, travel France, and connect with like-minded artists?

Berridge Programs's Creative Cultures Autumn 2024 (Sept 25th - Nov 20th, 2024)​ is an opportunity for young artists, from the creatively-curious to those setting out on an artistic career, to explore the artistically rich regions of France, enrich their artistic practices, and join a community of like-minded creatives. Creative Cultures begins with a three-week journey throughout France, highlighting the artistic practices of each region through guided travel and hands-on workshops, and culminates in a five-week artistic residency at Chateau le Mont Epinguet where students can choose to specialize in an artistic concentration including Film, Photography, Studio Art (Painting and Drawing) and Writing.

Our other gap year program, Creative Semester Spring 2025 (Feb 20th - April 9th, 2025,) is a 9-week residential program based in the magical Chateau le Mont Epinguet. You’ll explore your passion for Film, Studio Art, Theatre, or Music through lively classes, hands-on workshops, and focused studio practice. Led by practicing artists, this unique creative community is the perfect place to build skills and develop your craft. The program includes a range of excursions including D-Day landing sites, medieval Bayeux and Mont St. Michel—a monastery on a tidal island. Students will also spend a week exploring the art scene in Paris. Hands-on experiences such as breadmaking, visits to local cider and cheese makers, and trips to local French markets round out your experience of Normandy.

All this and you give scholarships too? YES!
Berridge has a variety of scholarships for the 2024/2025 season!  Learn more about our scholarships on our APPLY page or email Andrea Mardon, Director, at to register your interest in applying.

Ready to APPLY NOW?
Find our application here or schedule a zoom interview with Andrea Mardon, Program Director, to get your dream gap year started!

We hope to meet you in France!