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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Why Apply to this University?

  • Welcomes over 100 international students each year.

  • Art research at IESA supports critical discussions about art, markets for art and collecting art.

  • Classes take place in the heart of Paris, close to all major Parisian museums and galleries.

  • In addition to courses purely focused on art, the school offers diverse English-taught M.B.A.s such as Art Management, Event Management, Curation, Art Criticism or Museum Management.

  • Great way to prepare for careers of both making but also selling and art dealing. You can also learn how to organize art galleries.

  • Programme application deadlines are usually at the beginning of July.

  • Tuition fees at this art school are generally around 18000 EUR/year. Study costs may slightly change from one year to the next.

  • Courses at IESA start every year in January and September.

Why Apply through Studyportals?

As a trusted application partner of IESA - School of Arts and Culture we make sure you can apply easier to programmes from this university. When applying through Studyportals, you can enjoy our full package of benefits including dedicated application counselling, no application fees and the option of applying to multiple programmes. You can also apply anytime and let us worry about the deadlines. Applying through Studyportals is a completely free service.

How to Apply?

Select a programme offered by IESA - School of Arts and Culture and go to Studyportals Apply. There, you can start your application by talking to Betty, our lovely application specialist. She will guide you throughout the whole process. After completing an online profile, you will be contacted by one of our application specialists to help you make your application shine. Finally, Studyportals will apply on your behalf.


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.