IESA, The Institut dEtudes Supérieures des Arts, was created in 1985 in Paris as a vocational, dynamic and student-centred alternative to the more rigid and theoretical system in French universities. IESA renewed this philosophy in 2004, offering cutting edge programs that revolutionized the way the art market is taught, combining for the first time the study of history with the practice of business.
Created by Jean-Marie and Françoise Schmitt, IESA had its courses recognized in France by the Ministry of Culture and Communications in 1991. Since the early days the Institute has always been involved in the training and education of art experts and cultural professionals and managers and offers now three major areas of study to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels - the Art Market, Cultural Events Management and Multimedia. It now boasts over 14,000 alumni working in all aspects of the art world.
Our standards, underlined by the quality of our partners, the value of our faculty and, more importantly, by the success of our students in the job market, are set to the top.
Working in the arts requires a thorough knowledge of the arts, but to succeed in the world is necessary a solid understanding of the practice and business of the art market. IESA in fact believes that experience is the best teacher, but only when its accompanied with the right tools to understand it. This is why IESA programs include the study of both history of art and business practice, making them the right choice for the students who want to be knowledgeable and ahead of their peers.
From the start, IESAs creative and demanding programs attracted strong support from recognized institutions such as the Wallace Collection, the University of Warwick,the Sir John Soane Museum and White Cube.
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