Discover where your creativity can take you.
Arts-based internship in the destination of your choice.
Arts activism and creative service project opportunities.
Professional artist mentorship and artistic practice.
Arts-focused travel and optional French language learning.
WELCOME TO BERRIDGE
CREATIVE GAP SEMESTER
Cultivate global perspectives and make connections with like-minded creatives from around the world.
The Berridge Creative Semester offers a unique opportunity to combine artistic practice, cultural immersion, arts internship and creative service on your gap year. Live in a French chateau and work closely with professional artists to find inspiration and practical applications for your work. The program offers guided and independent travel and creative opportunities both in Normandy and around Europe.
Your semester in France starts with a two-week cultural immersion in the Normandy Peninsula.
From the D Day Landing Beaches to Medieval Bayeux, you’ll have guided tours of all the best sites as you gather artistic inspiration. You’ll explore the language, food and traditions of the French through hands-on experiences. Work on a cider making farm, navigate an authentic French market or master traditional French dishes. The immersion week gets you fired up on French culture and ready to create!
Go deeper into what you love with two weeks of mentored artistic practice.
Work with professional actors, filmmakers, artists, writers and producers from around the world. Build skills, create a portfolio, shoot a film or study the lead in a play. Focus on an art you love or try something completely new. You’ll be assigned a personal mentor to help you move projects from concept to completion and have time and space to develop work, get feedback, collaborate with peers and enjoy life in rural Normandy, France.
Cultivate fresh artistic perspectives.
We’ll help you find a great arts-based internship where you can make connections and build your resume. Internships can be in French or English language and within the local community or places further afield.
We’ll place you on a French language course in the city of your choice. Travel to the south of France or live in Paris for two weeks while you study and practice French. Beginner and advanced students welcome.
Find creative solutions to real world problems.
ARTS IN ACTION
Discover how your art can be a force for good in the community and around the world.
We’ll connect you with a local community-based project or help you develop an activism project around something you are passionate about. Apply your creative talents to raise awareness about poverty or climate change, raise funds for a cause or spearhead an outreach project. Around the world or around the corner, we’ll help you find ways to apply your art to change lives for the better.
Hit the road and broaden your cultural and artistic perspectives.
We’ll help you craft a week-long independent travel adventure that will ignite your creative ideas. Take the train to Brussels, Amsterdam or Florence to explore some of Europe’s greatest cities. We’ll help you create an itinerary and outline your goals for the trip. You’ll take it all in with an artist’s eye, filming, sketching and journaling along the way. When you return, you’ll create an artistic piece about your adventure to share with the group.
Your semester in France culminates with a week-long arts festival.
We’ll open the château to the local community and share the work you’ve created during your time with us. Film premieres, gallery shows and performances celebrate the creative spirit and the power of art. Your mentor will help you reflect on your practice, set future goals for yourself and digest new experiences. And we’ll make sure you get to say a proper good-bye to new friends, colleagues and mentors.
Connect with creatives from around the world.
AT CREATIVE SEMESTER
We welcome passionate, adventurous young artists from all disciplines.
Creative Semester is for every young artist at every stage of their development. You might have a lot of experience in a discipline, you might have just a little. You might be certain of what creative path you want to take, you might still be searching. Wherever you are at on your journey, we'll work with you to make sure your gap time with us enriches your artistic practice, ignites your creative spirit and moves you closer to your future goals.
AT CREATIVE SEMESTER
Our faculty bring with them decades of experience as industry professionals.
Live in a creative community with working artists and benefit from their experience and wisdom. You'll be assigned a personal mentor to help you develop your projects, build skills and reflect on your artistic practice. Our faculty are more than just teachers, they are passionate artists, nurturing mentors and enthusiastic collaborators. Read more about our faculty or meet us at an Info Session.
LE MONT EPINGUET
Creative Semester is hosted at Chateau le Mont Epinguet in the heart of Normandy, France.
Built in 1751 by Count Mondesir, the chateau is the highest landmark on the Normandy Cotentin Peninsula. It has housed a nephew of the Pope, a French Admiral and served as German command in WWII. In 1991, it was bought by the Berridge Family. We have exclusive use of the whole property, a live-in chef who prepares home-cooked meals and fresh bread delivered daily from our bakery. Learn more about the château
BERRIDGE CREATIVE SEMESTER
Jan 24th - March 27th, 2022
All artistic disciplines welcome including Theatre, Film, Studio Art, Writing, Dance, Graphic Design, Photography.
Open to any students between the ages of 18 - 22 of all levels of experience. Requires an online application and interview.
A range of scholarships are available for this program.
Inclusive of: all room, board, airport transfers and excursions
Not included: airfare to Paris or London. Food and daily transport on independent work/travel weeks 5, 6 and 9.
There is a $750 supplement for the optional French language course