Beginning in September of 2011, an inaugural group of students embarked upon a year-long immersion in classical precepts that will inform their future endeavors in architecture and design.
Under the auspices of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, students of the Beaux-Arts Atelier engage in five course terms and multiple intensives throughout their first year of study. Studying an academic method that has its roots in the French École des Beaux-Arts, participants engage in an in-depth theoretical and practical exploration of everything from the foundations of form to rendering in wash.
As of 2012, program participants are also encouraged to pursue the possibility of a second year of extended study in which they follow an increasingly independent and individualized course of learning. This continued training offers second-year students the opportunity to mentor new students and ultimately graduate to more formalized roles as teaching assistants. With available assistance from the ICAA's many members and partner organizations, returning pupils are additionally expected to gain professional experience in the field via internships, apprenticeships, and jobs.
The Atelier is proud to host students of all ages, geographical origins, and backgrounds with the hope that knowledge and practice of classical design will be diffused throughout both the profession and nation at large.