Presentation of IESA arts&culture

IESA arts&culture is a private higher education establishment founded in 1985. It is recognized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and awards state-certified qualifications at levels 5, 6 and 7 (RNCP). 

IESA arts&culture specializes in teaching art and culture market professions.

The school is part of the Galileo Global Education Group, Europe's leading and the world's second largest private higher education group, with 61 schools, 106 campuses in 18 countries and around 210,000 students.

Areas of study

IESA arts&culture offers 5 areas of study:

  • Art market
  • Performing arts
  • Film & audiovisual
  • Music
  • Heritage

In addition, there are two cross-disciplinary programs: Cultural Communication and Socio-Cultural Mediation.

IESA arts&culture's international department offers courses in English: 

One bachelor’s in arts management and 4 MBA:

  1. MBA in Contemporary Art: Sales, Display and Collecting
  2. MBA in Performing Arts Management
  3. MBA in Arts & Cultural Management
  4. International Managing Art Cultural Heritage in Global Markets (MAGMa)

Levels of study

IESA offers three levels of study in English: 

Undergraduate study with a Bachelor in 3 years / for which entry is also possible in 2nd and 3rd year.

And Postgraduate study in 1year with 4 MBA. Candidates must have obtained a 4-year undergraduate degree (B.A., B.Sc. or equivalent). Students who have completed a BA in3 years may apply to the Pre-Master program. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to full registration. English proficiency IELTS 6.0 on all bands required. Students with IELTS 5.5 may enroll in an intensive semester in English.


Teaching staff

90% of the teaching staff at IESA arts&culture are working professionals, passing on their knowledge, skills, and experience to our students.

Internships and professional integration

IESA arts&culture has a professionalization and work-study department. This service is managed by a coordinator in contact with over 500 professional partners including the following companies or events:

  • Paris Electronic Week at the Gaité Lyrique in Paris
  • Classique au vert festival at the Parc Floral de Paris-Vincennes
  • La Nuit Blanche in Paris
  • MaMa Festival, Paris
  • Asia Now, La Monnaie de Paris, Paris
  • Paris Photo at the Grand Palais
  • Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais
  • Plastic Dance Floor in Versailles...

Ten program coordinators for each specialization support and assist students in their search for internships

Project based teaching

Each year, students are required to carry out group projects involving practical case studies in a professional setting. At the end of their course, they are required to complete a personal project known as a "PGR", for "Projet Grandeur Réelle" (Real Size Project). 

IESA also hosts an international research center dedicated to arts and culture, likely to help students to set up partnerships and carry out projects.


A multicultural and international environment

30% of IESA arts&culture students are foreigners, and 40 nationalities rub shoulders on campus. Foreign professors are invited for masterclasses. And every year, we organize study trips abroad to Rome, Venice, Florence, Basel, and Berlin....

Within the staff, there is one person in charge of supporting students wishing to spend study semesters abroad via Erasmus or internships.

A Preparatory Year in partnership with the Sorbonne is available for non-French-speaking students.

A committed player in the industry

IESA arts&culture supports creativity through several awards:

  • Juvenars-IESA Prize for contemporary art
  • IESA Video Awards for short films
  • Vieilles Maisons Françaises IESA Prize
  • Contemporary Music Price - Festival La Perle

IESA arts&cuture supports cultural entrepreneurship and accompanies its students' professional projects with its incubator: IESA Incub'.

Presentation of the Galileo Global Education group

Thanks to its ever-expanding international network - 61 schools in over 40 cities worldwide, including Shanghai, Mumbai, Paris, London, and Milan - Galileo Global Education offers students enrolled in its courses a more enriching experience, exposure to different disciplines and chances to develop their own ability to adapt to an ever-changing world. While studying in our schools, students can turn to a wide range of other educational channels. The right to make mistakes, to rely on non-linear educational paths and on a wide range of academic options are other strong elements of the global experience offered by our group.

Galileo Global Education schools - which welcome over 210,000 students each year - focus on the creative industries: our training offer in the arts and creative professions is the most extensive in Europe. Graduates of our programs are rapidly employable managers, producers, designers, and information technology experts, among others.

Our students gain significant practical experience in their fields of study long before they graduate, thanks to internship periods that enable them to gain work experience in the sectors of their choice. A strong alumni network supports our internship programs.

Young European students are increasingly turning to these creative training programs. The trend is sustainable, because creativity, innovation and culture are the future of European and Western countries.