About ELIA

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ELIA is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for professional exchange and development in higher arts education. With over 250 members in 47 countries, it represents some 300.000 students in all arts disciplines.

Its cross-disciplinary quality makes ELIA unique as a network. ELIA advocates for higher arts education by empowering and creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of good practices. ELIA collaborates with partner networks around the world. 

ELIA members are higher arts education institutions from all artistic disciplines. ELIA's offer is inclusive and diverse - it serves the needs of arts schools throughout all levels, from academic staff and international officers to students and upper management.

In addition, ELIA has over 25 years' experience in representing higher arts education in Europe. The ELIA team, elected Board, working groups, specialist steering groups and members provide the organisation with a wealth of expertise that bolsters its advocacy and forms an extensive resource for research, the development of new projects and networks, policy review and future scenario planning.


The principal mission of ELIA is to represent Higher Arts Education and to be an influential voice and advocate in promoting the interests of its members. In placing emphasis on the value of arts education and artistic research, ELIA is dedicated to enhancing the conditions in which Higher Arts Education can flourish, nationally and internationally. Our current time is dominated by financial uncertainty, global ecological challenges and rapidly shifting political landscapes. Therefore, ELIA’s mission is vital, urgent and relevant.

ELIA’s main objectives are to:
  • Strengthen the position of higher arts education;
  • Support the free development of education in the arts;
  • Promote the arts as a central contributor to social and economic development;
  • Encourage cultural diversity and foster communication between cultures.
You can find out more about ELIA in the ELIA Brochure.

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