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Based in Paris, is a world-class business school specializing in careers in the art sector, including events management and heritage management. Every year, its master’s degrees and MBA programs, all taught in English or French, welcome over 100 students from around the world.

Just a stone’s throw from the Louvre, the Comédie-Française and Opéra Garnier, IESA is situated in the very heart of Paris. Students rub shoulders with centuries of history and culture during lectures and seminars, which are often conducted in historical sites and museums.

Over the years, has built strong links with , including Jacksonville University in Florida, the Wallace Collection in the UK, and the Hong Kong Arts Center.

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At IESA, all programs feature a mandatory internship. Fortunately, IESA students have access to a dynamic to help them find full-time or part-time placements during their training period within the cultural sector. Benefits enjoyed by IESA students include:

  • IESA’s extensive network of partner companies
  • An intranet site with job offers
  • Job dating sessions between students and recruiters, which run twice a year

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Paris is one of the world’s top student cities. Ranked second in the QS Best Student Cities index, it’s more affordable than London or New York and features a number of highly specialized elite universities. Living here, you’ll have access to a wide range of cultural events, museums, galleries and a varied food scene and nightlife.

Beyond Paris itself, IESA students also get to fly off to an historic European city as part of their degree, in order to explore cultural heritage first-hand. These mandatory study trips give students the chance to get a first-hand experience of cultural heritage, whether it’s Florence’s Renaissance masterpieces or Berlin and Amsterdam’s gorgeous contemporary art galleries.

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IESA offers summer courses, bachelor’s degrees and MBAs.  

To be eligible for a summer bachelor’s degree at IESA, you’ll need to be enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study and possess a GPA of 2.5 or the European equivalent of C+.

To apply, fill out an application form and submit a photocopy of your passport, a certificate of undergraduate study at your current university and proof of international health insurance.

For undergraduate study, you should have a GPA of at least 3.00 or the equivalent of a B- and proof of proficiency in English (e.g. at least 6.0 in the IELTS).

To apply, download an application form and submit two references, an academic transcript, two passport-sized photographs, proof of health insurance and a photocopy of your passport.

For postgraduate study, you should have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of work experience and proof of proficiency in English (e.g. at least 6.0 in the IELTS).

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IESA graduates often go on to become art dealers, artistic directors, art curators, gallery managers, art critics or cultural heritage managers.

IESA’s programs combine cultural and artistic appreciation with business acumen, including marketing, sales and operations.

To ensure that students have access to a wide range of opportunities within the cultural sector, IESA has built a strong network of partner companies in performing arts, auction houses, the media, art galleries, museums and cultural centers, heritage, tourism, events, communications and art foundations.

Some of the companies IESA has a relationship with include:

  • Sotheby’s
  • Christie’s
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Cannes Festival
  • Château de Versailles performances.

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