Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA)
In addition to studying at the University of Havana, students have the option of taking classes at the Instituto Superior de Artes—the national Cuban art school. ISA houses five schools in the arts, and professors are all active musicians, dancers, or artists. Each Facultad (Faculty) in the arts provides a combination of theory and practice. Studying at ISA is comparable to conservatory work in the United States, so it is ideal for students who are serious about pursuing artistic achievement through concentrated study.
ISA’s Facultad de Artes Plásticas offers studio courses in the visual arts. If you have an interest in enrolling at this school, we strongly encourage you to bring samples of your work to Cuba for portfolio review. Most Cuban students who enroll at ISA have highly developed visual arts skills, having attended art schools since they were young. Assessment of your level is therefore important for appropriate placement.
Students on the program have:
- Explored studio work in painting
- Learned through tutorials in special areas, such as wood sculpture
- Studied Cuban and Latin American painting, history, and theory
All aspects of the visual arts are open to exploration. Whatever your interest, faculty members are dedicated to finding ways to involve you in Cuban cultural life.
ISA’s Facultad de Música offers a music program combining tutorial study in composition, voice, and/or instrumentation with work in theory, history, and performance, which also includes attending local concerts. Music students need a basic proficiency level and must audition before enrolling. ISA’s music professors are active professionals and will help you gain access to Cuba’s cultural scene and encourage you to attend their performances. Learn more about studying Music in Havana»
Cuba is a particularly fertile location for music study. Courses in the rich tradition of Afro-Cuban music include percussion studies, Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms, popular vocal techniques, and individual tutorials on special topics.
Past studies include:
- Canto Clásico Cubano
- Guitar: Practice and Theory
- Percussion: Cuban Rhythms
- Percussion: Practice and Theory
- Popular Dance (Danza Folklórica)