IESA - School of Arts and Culture

IESA - School of Arts and Culture

Officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture since 1998, IESA offers a unique combination of academic knowledge and professional skills, which students can put into practice in jobs in France and abroad.

Top reasons to study here

  • Since 1985, IESA has carefully monitored the changing needs of the cultural job market.
  • IESA and its professors are exceptional in their commitment to their students.



Founded in 1985 by Françoise and Jean-Marie Schmitt, the Institut d’Études Supérieures des Arts (IESA) is a private educational group based in Paris, France.  It has been officially recognized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication since 1998.


The programs in all three departments of our international art school combine academic knowledge with practical skills, in the form of internships and projects.  Professors, curators, professionals and consultants all participate in this two-pronged pedagogical approach, designed to train students for the professional world.


  • Education is key here. Schools, such as IESA, can guide you and train you to launch your career after graduation. Obtaining a graduate degree in arts business is essential to build valuable skills in arts management. 
  • Being able to take on those positions usually requires a deep understanding of art and a background in art history. People passionate and knowledgeable about art are naturally more likely to be more qualified. 
  • While you are still a student, doing internships is an efficient way to build professional experience. In addition, it is recommended to volunteer at local art organizations and art centers. This will allow you to bolster your resume with valuable experiences and be competitive as soon as you arrive on the job market. 

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Student services

The Cité Universitaire Internationale organization offers students, under 30 years old and registered in an undergraduate program, housing possibilities in dormitories and other university facilities, either double or single rooms. The rooms are furnished with a shared bathroom and kitchen. 

Housing services

As IESA does not have a hall of residence, students generally live in various parts of the city, in Independent Rooms or with French families or landlords or in a student residence. The school does however offer assistance by providing information and referring students to services, associations and websites.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I studied at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. My experience was great and the academic system was excellent. More over, I will like to have an external view of education for my masters outside what I am used to.

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