Vue de l'Ecole du Louvre

Our educational system

Since its creation in 1882, the Ecole du Louvre has developed a unique and original educational system which contributes to its identity and influence. Combining expert knowledge from museum and research professionals with a sensitive and material approach to collections based on direct access to various works, the school’s education system ensures its students are ready for the realities and requirements of the heritage, museum and art sectors. It actively involves visual and textual memory as well as comparative and contextual thinking.
Pierson Castiglione

A school of observation

The Ecole du Louvre’s teachings put the works and objects first. Their biographies, from the issues raised by their genesis, to the way they were received and exhibited, are studied thoroughly. Particular attention is therefore given to students’ acquisition of elaborate methods and skills in terms of observation, analysis and contextualisation to develop a real “intelligence of the eye”.

The lessons carried out in museums, with direct access to the works, and strengthened by classes on creative techniques and iconography, are a solid base for students to build these skills, and make the Ecole du Louvre’s education model truly original.

Our methods

Our universal art history classes are unique across higher education. They aim to share the keys to art history, without chronological or topographical limits, with students and members of the public, allowing them to study cultural works from all societies.

Taught here since 1927, museology is one of the school’s historic singularities. First offered as a taster during the first cycle, it becomes the very heart of the second educational phase’s teachings.

Students then master all the basics: history and theories, law surrounding cultural institutions and their management, politics and sociology of the public, mediation, principles of conservation and restoration and management.

The Ecole du Louvre is a place which combines reflection and research carried out by museum professionals on their own field of work. The school also aims to keep a close and critical eye on the evolution of museum institutions to prepare its students best to contemporaneous challenges.

The uniqueness of the Ecole du Louvre’s pedagogy compared to other art history, archaeology or museology curricula lies in how specific and varied its teaching staff is.

On the one hand, it comprises conservators and heritage professionals, and on the other teaching researchers.

The school’s ability to create courses which directly respond to professional requirements mostly comes from the relationships it nurtures with museums, the art world and the professionals behind them.

The Ecole du Louvre supports the success of all of its students by setting up a personalised education system as well as measures to accompany and follow them at every step of the way.

They benefit from courses with reduced numbers – including during supervised exercises in the presence of artworks, tutor support, research groups, and seminars. This guarantees an efficient educational dialogue and a strong methodological framework.

The quality of the school's courses and students' success in the professional world are the school's constant focus.

The Ecole du Louvre therefore puts all its assets forward for its students, preparing them to be competitive, ensuring the relevance of the professional dimensions of their training, informing them of employment opportunities across France, in Europe and internationally and encouraging them to broaden their professional horizons, both through internships and ambitious first associative or professional experiences.

A word from the director

L'École du Louvre fait de l’innovation pédagogique un levier de la réussite de ses élèves. Dans le cadre d’un dialogue constant avec les élèves et les enseignants, nous menons une réflexion constante sur la modernisation de notre pédagogie et les potentialités ouvertes par les technologies numériques pour enrichir les environnements de travail des élèves, favoriser le travail de groupe ou l’interactivité des enseignements. 

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