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.
  • The transition to working life is facilitated by the internship office and the teaching staff.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)



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. 


IESA is invested in art research as a method of enquiry. Staff and students undertake research through business skills and practices as well as investigating into the critical discourse revolving around art, its markets and the various forms of collecting. For this, IESA is home to staff from a wide range of disciplines, who are research active and experts in their chosen areas.


Aside from purely artistic professions, there are many art-related professions such as arts management, event management, curation, art criticism, museum management. There are of course purely artistic professions such as painter, a carver, a photographer, a performer, etc. To be enjoyed by the public, works of art made by artists needs to be displayed, sold, curated, analyzed. Also, exhibitions, dance shows, plays, musical comedy, or any art-related events need to be organized, funded, publicized while staff working on them need to be hired and managed. 

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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.