Preparatory class un art market & cultural production ( IESA)

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Annual / Winter



Required levels




The program emphasizes advanced French language courses covering grammar, conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, as well as written and oral comprehension. These courses aim to provide students with the essential linguistic skills to successfully navigate the French-speaking professional world.

Special attention is given to phonetics with laboratory sessions allowing participants to refine their pronunciation and oral expression. This practical approach is of particular importance within the CCFS framework and contributes to overall improvement in students’ mastery of French through fluent and precise communication.

The exploration of French culture and civilization is central to this preparatory class, offering students a comprehensive immersion into France’s rich cultural heritage. This in-depth understanding is crucial for those aspiring to work in the French – and international – artistic and cultural sector!

The program also includes specialized courses in art history and introduction to live performance, providing a thorough overview of historical developments and contemporary trends in theater and performance. An introduction to cinema is also included, enabling students to grasp the workings of this essential art form.

An important aspect of the program is dedicated to English applied to art and culture, recognizing the international dimension’s importance in the art market. These courses aim to strengthen language skills specific to the artistic domain, thereby facilitating communication and collaboration in an international context.

Course objectives

This customized program (semester, annual, or intensive) targets students aiming to achieve the B2 level of French necessary for continuing their studies in France and joining programs in “art market and cultural production.”

The training aims to provide students with a solid knowledge of the French language and the methodological, historical, stylistic, technical, and professional foundations necessary for rapid integration into the professional training cycles offered at IESA arts&culture.

Detailed program

This program aims to provide students with all the theoretical knowledge and linguistic skills necessary in the field of art and culture (art market, cultural management, multimedia, theater, cinema, etc.). It enhances students’ language and cultural skills while providing them with the tools they will need to tackle future academic and professional challenges. The courses take place at IESA and CCFS premises, right in the heart of Paris, facilitating cultural visits (galleries, museums, theaters, etc.).

Annual Program (540 hours):
– Advanced French language courses with CCFS: enables students to master French (grammar, conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, literary texts, written and oral comprehension) to achieve the B2 level required for studying in France.
– Phonetics courses in the laboratory with CCFS: to perfect students’ pronunciation and oral expression.
– Cultural knowledge: explores the foundations of European civilization through courses, conferences, and cultural outings to experience Parisian cultural life.
– Specialized courses: art history, European civilization, introduction to live performance, introduction to cinema.
– Methodology: provides students with the necessary skills to strengthen their learning abilities and adapt to academic assessments.
– Applied English in arts and culture.
– Introduction to specializations: offers students an introduction to their future areas of expertise.
– Personalized follow-up.

Fall/Spring Semester Program:

– French at the French Civilization Courses of the Sorbonne: language courses and phonetics courses in the laboratory.
– Specialized courses at IESA: cultural visits, history and civilization, cinema and theater, methodology, conferences and introduction to specializations, applied English.

Option for Bachelor 1 equivalence (60 ECTS credits) for access to the 2nd year of the Bachelor at IESA arts&culture: Only for students in the one-year program class. Admission and registration in December through individual interview.
– Advanced French language courses.
– Academic methodology.
– Reinforced specialized courses at Bachelor 1 level.
– Preparation for the TCF test.
– Personalized follow-up.

Intensive Program (720 hours spread over 3 semesters): Accessible to students with A2 level and wishing to achieve B2 level to join the bachelor’s program at IESA arts&culture.

This program corresponds to the annual program (540 hours) supplemented by intensive French courses from October to January (180 hours):
– Advanced French language courses.
– Phonetics courses with laboratory.
– Methodology.
– Introduction to specialization areas.
– Personalized follow-up.


This program prepares international students to join the Bachelor’s or Master’s programs at IESA arts&culture. It enables attainment of the B2 level of French.

Validation of acquired knowledge

Continuous assessment (regular evaluation of work and progress). A language certificate is issued upon successful completion.

Target audience

This course is aimed at international students wishing to join a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in French artistic and cultural fields.


B1 level is required for the semester or annual program. A2 level is required for the intensive program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold a diploma or certificate of completion of secondary education. They must also comply with residence formalities (nationality, visa, residence permit, etc.).

Course material

Course manuals, audio and visual materials, exercise books, reading books, access to online resources, communication materials, cultural materials, and materials for group activities.


This course meets the criteria for obtaining a student visa for students from outside the European Union.

Application requirements

Students must download and complete the application file directly on the IESA arts&culture website.

Admission session and admission committee:
– Candidates are invited to an admission session: individual test and interview.
– The committee, comprising admissions officers and the pedagogical management, meets weekly to decide on applications. It immediately informs the candidate of their admission and sends them their registration file.

For more information on this program and registration procedures, students can directly contact one of the contacts from the two partner institutions by email:
Émeline Seignobos
Pedagogical Director French Civilization Courses of the Sorbonne

Application with CV and cover letter + level certificate (TCF, DELF B2) to be sent to the following address:

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Le secrétariat sera exceptionnellement fermé le jeudi 6 juin.

The secretariat will be exceptionally closed on Thursday, June 6. 

Information sur la session de printemps 2024

L’inscription à la session de printemps (rentrée du 5 février 2024) est encore possible jusqu’au 2 février, sous réserve de places disponibles.

Les étudiants souhaitant s’inscrire sont invités à se rendre directement au bureau des admissions de l’institution, ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 9h30 à 16h30.
Ils doivent s’assurer de disposer d’un visa valide.

L’inscription en ligne pour cette session n’est plus possible sur ce site.

Information regarding the 2024 spring session

Registration for the spring session (starting on February 5, 2024) is still possible until February 2, subject to availability.

Students wishing to register are invited to go directly to the institution’s admission office, open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
They must ensure they have a valid visa.

Online registration for this session is no longer available on this website.

Dates des prochains examens TCF

Les prochaines sessions d’examen TCF auront lieu dans les locaux de l’institution aux dates suivantes :

Le 30 janvier et le 27 février :

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Le 31 janvier et le 28 février :