Founded in 1985 by Françoise and Jean-Marie Schmitt, the IESA - School of Arts and Culture is a private educational group based in Paris, France.  It has been officially recognized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication since 1998.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • IESA mixes academic knowledge and practical skills, in the form of internships and projects. This approach is designed to prepare students for their careers.
  • To meet today’s needs of the art industry, IESA selects professors with rich professional experience and expertise in art management and the art market.
  • The School is proud of its network of 14,000 alumni worldwide. Students have full access to this network for their internships, thesis, projects and research.



IESA - School of Arts and Culture was created in 1985 in Paris as a vocational, dynamic and student-centred alternative to the more rigid and theoretical system in French universities.

In the 27 years since its founding, IESA has established itself as the leading international art school for cultural events management, the art market, and digital studies.  


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.


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.


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 programs give access to international careers. Our alumni are currently:

  • Art Dealer
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Art Gallery Managers
  • Artistic Directors
  • Cultural Institution Manager
  • Curators
  • Festival Manager
  • Film Producers

Distance Learning Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)


Student services

The Schools organizes cultural activities for its students such as exhibitions, auctions, concerts, festival, shows, etc.

Housing services

Our international department will help you find an accommodation in France. We partnered with student residences to make it easier for our students to find a room. Students can also benefit from an allowance from to French State to help them pay their rent (CAF).

Medical services

All the students are covered by the French social security.


Our degrees are recognized by the French State (“Titre 1 RNCP” in French).

Other Degrees

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