Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana

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The University of Arts of Cuba / Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) was established on September 1, 1976, by the Cuban government as a school for the arts. Its original structure had three schools: Music, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts.


At present the ISA has four schools, the previous three and one for Arts and Audiovisual Communication Media. There are also four teaching schools in the provinces, one in Camagüey, two in Holguín and one in Santiago de Cuba.


ISA offers pre-degree and post-degree courses, as well as a wide spectrum of brief and extension courses, including preparation for Cuban and foreign professors for a degree of Doctor on Sciences in Art.


Predegree education has increased to five careers: Music, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Dance Arts and Arts and Audiovisual Communication Media.


In 1996, the ISA established the National Award of Artistic Teaching, conceived for recognizing a lifework devoted to arts teaching.
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  • Amazing to see the abandoned school. Probably aren’t supposed to be we ventured into the grounds. The building are creatively designed, underground tunnels, open air learning - such a shame that...  more »
  • It was very interesting to make a stop here. Very unique to witness the creative up and coming artists doing their craft and of course for sale too. Only 3 buildings are in use as the others are in....  more »
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  • Took Spanish class there for about 5 months in Fall 2017. Beautiful architecture and super nice students and professors! Very leafy green surroundings and nice artwork scattered everywhere around ISA. Let's say that architect Ricardo Porro designed certain roofs and sculptures on the campus to resemble certain female reproductive organs jeje... :) But, youre going to need to pay extra for a private cab if you dont live nearby (in Miramar) to get there from center city. Also, unfortunately, bathrooms there are frightening, no toilet paper or even soap. They have a cafeteria w peso pizzas which are fine in the moment if ur dying of hunger, but were not the best pizzas I'd tried in Cuba. There is only one airconditioned room in the whole complex, and we could not have class in there everyday so I'd go home drenched in sweat :( But, a beautiful school with great teachers and students there, a special story behind its architecture, and lots of talent in its student body!
  • Beautiful site, but not open to foreigners. The gaurd would not let us in to just look at the campus.

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