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.
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.
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.