Contemporary Art, Sales, Display, & Collecting graduate program


Program Description

Contemporary Art, Sales, Display, & Collecting graduate program


Contemporary Art, Sales, Display, & Collecting graduate program

This 10-month program targets students with a Bachelor’s degree who are seeking management positions in the contemporary art market sector. Taught in English, this course specializes in the development of the European contemporary art market and other markets from the Second World War until today. The practices of this specific market will be analyzed within these historical, social, and economical frameworks.

Based in the heart of Paris, on the premises of IESA Art & Culture, students are within easy access to all the major Parisian museums, auction houses and contemporary art galleries. Class visits to the most prominent contemporary art museums, galleries, and auction houses are organized to allow students to dialogue with curators, art historians, and allergists.

Study trips to the major art fairs (Art Basel, Frieze Art Fair, Art 14) are an important element of the curriculum, allowing students to network with seasoned professionals in the art sector.


  • Gallerist
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Advisor
  • Curator
  • Art Critic


The program consists of 3 trimesters: 2 trimesters of classwork (Oct-Dec/ Jan-March) and a trimester dedicated to internships (April-June) allowing students to gain professional experience (Jan-March). During the last two trimesters, students will work on a personal project to be presented in front of a professional jury in order to validate the certificate.

Each trimester contains 200 contact hours over a 10-week period. Courses are taught in English.

Students are attributed a mentor for personalized coaching and will follow group methodology sessions to guide them in the research and development of their personal project.

1st trimester: The History of the Contemporary Art in Europe and United States; the Economics of the Contemporary Art Market; Art Law; Art and Project Management; Communication and the Marketing, Research, Development and Management of Artistic projects (content, business plan, legal structure, communication, marketing); visits and workshops with professionals.

2nd trimester: The Current and Future Art Markets, the History of Contemporary Art Outside of Europe; E-communication and E-marketing of Art and Luxury Products; Negotiating Sales of Art Objects; Promoting Artistic Projects, a Brand, Artists, and Contemporary Art and Luxury Products; Exhibition planning; Visits and Workshops with professionals; Methodology; mentoring sessions.

3rd trimester: Full-time internship, methodology sessions, sessions with mentor to follow up on personal projects.


  • THEME: Arts & Culture
  • DURATION: 1 year / 1 semester
  • TUITION FEES: 9 000 euros/year (4500 euros/semester)
  • PROGRAM TYPE: Full time program
  • INTAKE: October and Spring
  • LOCATION: Paris
  • Graduate Program: Expert in Sales and Distribution of Art Objects; Degree recognized by the State


Some students are humanities majors but the courses are aimed at filling general requirements for non-humanity majors as well:

  • 4 years BA completed
  • Good level of English: IELTS 5.5
  • No minimum level of French
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
10 months
Full time
9,000 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
France Paris, Ile-de-France
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 10 months
Price 9,000 EUR
year (4500 euros/semester)