IESA - School of Arts and Culture

IESA - School of Arts and Culture

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 programs in all three departments of our international art school combine academic knowledge with practical skills, in the form of internships and projects.



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.


  • The transition to working life is facilitated by the internship office and the teaching staff, who provide students with individual guidance throughout the job-finding process.  In addition, each student is paired with a mentor who helps with important professional decisions. 

  • IESA’s professional network in France and abroad includes professors (more than 350 per year), partner organizations, and 14,000 alumni.  It allows students to be at the center of artistic and cultural discussions, innovations, and projects, and benefit from useful contacts.   

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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. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • Internationalization of our programs in France on our campuses which bring together students from all four corners of the globe, and abroad with our various international partners.

Student Reviews

Soaring higher
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.

My year at IESA was amazing!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My year in IESA went amazing. The course was intense but I loved it. The professors were very helpful in the projects we did. The location of the school was in the heart of Paris, near the beautiful Palais Garnier. FYI, it is not in the same location anymore. I have had plenty of good experiences and knowledge from IESA.

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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