85%

of MBA students find jobs within 6 months, in Europe, Asia, USA, Latin America

80%

of students in the MBA programs taught in English come from more than 25 different countries.

500

partners (businesses, cultural institutions, local governments)


About IESA

Situated in the heart of Paris, IESA is ideally located to provide specialized, hands-on instruction in Cultural Events Management and the Art Market.

Through its international partnerships with leading universities and cultural institutions, IESA welcomes over 100 foreign students each year into both its French-language programs and its English-language MA and MBA programs.  

IESA has chosen to base its headquarters in the “cultural center” of Paris, and this gives our programs a unique educational advantage.  Students can attend classes and lectures in museums and historical sites, and their education is enriched by their proximity to major artworks and cultural events.   

This proven, hands-on approach has helped us secure numerous partnerships with foreign organizations who value our students’ practical approach.  The American university that credits the IESA Summer Session (Jacksonville University Florida), and our partners in the Erasmus and international exchange programs such as China’s Tsinghua and Chengdu Universities, all value IESA’s reputation, and send us the foreign students from 30 countries who make up 10% of our student body ever year.

In the heart of Paris, IESA has become a cultural meeting ground where both French and foreign students benefit from enriching foreign perspectives, and can build an international network of contacts and friends.  

Campuses

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Offered Courses

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MBA in Art & Luxury Management

  • 1 Year |  Full-time

This luxury brand management MBA in Paris train professionals to enter the art and luxury markets. Core business courses in finance, law, digital marketing and communication provide a foundation for the academic program. Specialized courses in art history, history of luxury, luxury business models provide students with the skill set to analyze the contemporary sector of product design, art and culture, and new communication technologies.

This luxury management master program combines lectures, workshops, and seminars with practical field visits in museums, foundations, historical monuments, and fashion houses. Direct interaction with the players in the industry allows students to build a network of professionals and learn the savoir-faire of the art and luxury sectors.

This degree is Recognized by the French State (RNCP) at Level 1.

Career opportunities:

  • Art and luxury consultant
  • Brand manager
  • Distribution manager
  • Luxury communications executive
  • Luxury brand manager
  • PR event manager

Paris Campus

Next intake: January, September

Language:   English


MBA in Arts and Cultural Management

  • 1 Year |  Full-time

The aim of this graduate program in Arts and Cultural Management, in partnership with PSB - Paris School of Business, is to prepare students for their future career in arts and cultural management. IESA trains future managers of art institutions and future entrepreneurs of the industry. 

Core teaching weaves together a range of different approaches to the cultural industries: high-level business management, creative entrepreneurship, art and culture fundraising, event management, and design and creative marketing.

This arts management degree is designed to develop students’ understanding of the art and performing arts sectors and develop professional skills in art management and business. Professional studies are underpinned by courses on the history of twentieth century art and theatre, providing students with a hands-on experience of the artistic and cultural backgrounds.

This degree is Recognized by the French State (CNCP) at Level 1.

Career opportunities:

  • Art Expert
  • Artist Agent
  • Artistic Director
  • Contemporary Art Advisor
  • Event Producer
  • Exhibition Curator
  • Festival Manager
  • Gallery Manager
  • Performing Arts Event Director
  • Theater Producer

Paris Campus

Next intake: January, September

Language:   English


MBA in Contemporary Art: Sales, Display & Collecting

  • 1 Year |  Full-time

This graduate degree in contemporary art prepares students for a career in the modern art market. They gain insight into the evolving demands of the international art market in a global context: the economics and structure of the markets, expertise of art objects, and arts management. Core courses in finance, management techniques, omni-channel marketing and communication, expertise and knowledge of art law and regulations provide students with a successful skill set to enter the international modern art market.

Based in the heart of Paris, on the premises of IESA International, students are within close proximity to all the major Parisian museums, auction houses and  galleries. Class visits to the most prominent museums, galleries, and auction houses are organized to allow students to connect with curators, art historians, and gallerists. Thus students can witness first-hand how to sell arts and art dealing in general. For those looking to set up their own businesses, they will also get insights into how to open an art gallery and how to become art brokers.

Study trips to art centers in France are also organized during each trimester to allow students to network with seasoned professionals in the art sector.

This degree is Recognized by the French State (RNCP) at Level 1.

Career opportunities

  • Art Dealer
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Finance Expert
  • Artist Agent
  • Artistic Director
  • Art Auctioneer
  • Art Advisor
  • Cultural Industries Entrepreneur
  • Exhibition Curator
  • Gallery Manager
  • Museum Manager

Paris Campus

Next intake: January, September

Language:   English


Bachelor program in Arts Management

  • 3 Years |  Full-time

This Bachelor program trains students to become managers in the fast-paced environment of the arts. By honing both practical skills applied to arts management as well as theoretical underpinnings of the global approaches to understanding the arts, students are prepared to confront the challenges of the international art markets and take ownership of the digital transformation of the industry. A global history of visual arts is not Eurocentric but includes artistic exchanges across countries and continents, connections between cultures, and the impact of colonialism on the production and reception of art. Students will develop knowledge and professional skills applied to arts management including courses on art law, sales, display, and marketing as well as the digitalization of art business, fundamental tools in the market today. 

Art Sales Management (Titre, niveau 6, Chargé(e) de commercialisation des œuvres et objets d’art)

Career opportunities with this Bachelor diploma:

  • Coordinator arts accelerator, artist run space, art in residency program
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Cultural Mediation officer
  • Communications officer 
  • Assistant / collaborator of an expert
  • Assistant / clerk of an auctioneer
  • Junior specialist / Expert / Manager / assistant of a department in an auction house or expertise cabinet
  • Customer Relations Manager in a fair or art salon; Registrar of artworks; database cataloguer
  • Assistant insurance broker specialized in artworks / editor
  • Manager of communication / editorial communication specialized in the art market

Paris Campus

Next intake: September

Language:   English


MBA in Performing Arts Management & Cultural Industries

  • 1 Year |  Full-time

This masters in performing arts management trains professionals for a career in management in the performing arts and cultural industries sectors. Students gain insight to the evolving demands of the cultural marketplace in a globalized context through the study of the structures of the cultural industries, History of Performance, cultural economics, and design and digital studies. Core courses in finance, management techniques, digital marketing and communication  provide students with a successful skill set to work in cultural sectors and cross-disciplinary settings.


Based in the heart of Paris, on the premises of IESA art&culture, students are within close proximity to all the major Parisian venues of theatre, circus, film and video productions and museums. Professional meetings with directors of theatre venues, television and film production companies allow students important networking possibilities.


During this graduate program in performing arts administration, study trips to Berlin and London are also organized to allow students to understand the international setting of the cultural sector.

This degree is Recognized by the French State (RNCP) at Level 1.

Paris Campus

Next intake: January, September

Language:   English


MBA in Art Collecting Management

  • 1 Year |  Full-time

A professional course for those who aim to work as art consultants or in private collections, foundations or public institutions this masters in museum studies provides essential knowledge of art history, the art market and collections management. 

Increasingly the private collector and museum are playing a more important part in the cultural landscape of the global art world. Our innovative MBA in Art Collecting Management has been devised to provide students with the art historical knowledge, business skills and curatorial experience to work as consultants to collectors; in arts management or art market consultancy; or to work in private collections or private museums. Taught by an international team of academics and professionals, the programme provides the tools by which students can gain a deeper understanding of the international, global art world in which collectors move today. 

Two tracks are offered: one focusing on contemporary art, the other on the old master market of fine and decorative arts.  

This degree is Recognized by the French State (RNCP) at Level 1.

Career opportunities

  • Art advisor
  • Consultant
  • Wealth management or investment advisor
  • Curator
  • Exhibition organiser
  • Client services
  • Business development

Paris Campus

Next intake: January, September

Language:   English



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