- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: France
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Performing & Visual Arts
- Sub-Categories: Musical Theatre Arts, Acting
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
Welcome to Berridge France!
Berridge France is one-of-a-kind summer arts program hosted in an 18th century French chateau in the heart of Normandy, France. Part pre-college arts program, part study abroad program and part artists retreat, Berridge France is a truly unique place to deepen your craft, connect with like-minded creatives and gain a wider perspective on the world.
ACTING PROGRAM The Acting Program offers rigorous, pre-college actor training in a nurturing, process-oriented environment. Get a taste of college conservatory life as in our five foundational classes: On Camera, Shakespeare, Acting Techniques, Contemporary Performance and Movement. Choose electives from Musical Theatre, Directing, Improvisation or Writer/Performer. The program culminates in performance showcases for each class.
FILM PROGRAM The Film Program offers professional-level filmmaking from concept to premiere in a dream location. Learn the art of visual storytelling hands-on with industry professionals and explore how structure, theme, character, and tension are translated through the lens. With classes in The Art of Visual Storytelling, Elements of Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Film Production Lab and Post-Production, you’ll learn very aspect of making a film from start to finish. Film students can cross over into the Acting Program by choosing an elective from Musical Theatre, Directing, Improvisation or Writer/Performer.
Faculty at Berridge
Berridge faculty are professional artists who represent decades of experience in their field. But they are so much more. They are passionate artists, nurturing mentors and enthusiastic collaborators who take your artistic goals personally, putting your creative development at the centre of everything they do. A small program with only 40 students, you'll enjoy a personal connection with your teachers who will help you work towards your personal and artistic goals.
Residential Life at Berridge
Who doesn’t want to spend their summer making art in an 18th century French chateau?! Berridge France is hosted in a very special and unique location: Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France. Summer after summer, our students tell us the nurturing community we create in this historical setting has a profound effect on them both as artists and as people. Part pre-college arts program, part study abroad program and part artist retreat, Berridge France is a truly inspiring space to study with professional artists and connect with creative teens from around the world.
You’ll see all that Normandy has to offer including full day excursions to the D-Day Landing Beaches, medieval Bayeux, and Mont St Michel, a thousand year old monastery atop a tidal island. You'll also enjoy trips to local French markets, cafes, châteaus and gardens, the beautiful beaches at Carteret and Bricquebec, a medieval village with a castle dating back to the 11th century. The program has a full schedule of optional activities including yoga, meditation, film nights, open mic nights, hiking and biking.
Who is this program for?
This program is for any young artist interested in living in a unique creative community and studying Acting and Filmmaking. Our students come from all over the world, from every kind of school and with every level of experience. We welcome applications from students at all levels, from complete beginner to those who want to pursue creative careers.
Consider this program if you would like to:
- build your artistic technique and prepare for college admissions
- complete a portfolio of work for college or career development
- Connect with industry professionals and other like-minded artists
- Build your confidence, technique, knowledge, and skills
- Enjoy a unique summer experience combining travel abroad and the arts
The Berridge Experience
Berridge offers a nurtuing, non-competitive environment in which to grow as an artist. We nurture what colleges are looking for in arts applicants: passion for your craft, a collaborative spirit and confidence in your unique artistic voice. Our students find the supportive atmosphere of Berridge gives them the skills and confidence to pursue their dreams through college and beyond and our alumni are currently attending some of the top colleges in the world including Yale, NYU, Brown, Vassar, RADA, Barnard, UCSD and more.
Applications now open for summer 2022!
Berridge Programs are open to all students of all levels of experience with enthusiasm and passion creating. Scholarships are available. Spaces are limited for 2022. Join us for a unique, magical summer experience at Berridge France!
Cost and Session Information
Full tuition $7857 USD
Scholarships are available.