2019 Fall Semester Program: The Marchutz School of Fine Arts at IAU


Fall 2019 Regular Start Semester – Aix-en-Provence, France $19,695* Arrive Sept. 7, 2019 – Depart Dec. 18, 2019 MSAF
Fall 2019 Early Start Semester – Aix-en-Provence, France $20,895* Arrive Aug. 31, 2019 – Depart Dec. 18, 2019 MSAFES


Language Eligibility: open to students with any level of French and art experience.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 15 semester credits per semester.

Final transcript is issued by IAU (Institute for American Universities). Classes are taken with other American students.

If your college or university requires an official transcript from an accredited U.S. institution, you are able to receive one from Truman State University for an additional fee of $500. (If you require a TSU transcript, please be sure to notify us at least 3 months prior to departure.)

*Some classes carry additional fees which are not included with the ASA program fee, to cover course-specific materials or mandatory academic excursions.  Details are below.

Aix-en-Provence, France: Fall 2019 Semester Course Offerings – The Marchutz School of Fine Arts at IAU


This program is open to students with any level of French and any level of art experience. Students attending The Marchutz School of Fine Arts for a semester take a minimum of 15 credits, including the following:

  1. Art Criticism & Aesthetics Seminar (mandatory core class, taught in English)
  2. Drawing (mandatory core class, taught in English)
  3. Painting (mandatory core class, taught in English)
  4. One elective of your choosing
  5. One French language class (will be taught at The IAU School of Humanities and Social Sciences)


All courses with course number FRE are taught in French. All other courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted.

Classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so it is best to apply early!

CLICK HERE for Fall 2019 Course Offerings & Class Schedules!

CLICK HERE for Course Descriptions/Syllabi

Course offerings and schedules are subject to change. 

Helpful Tip: All students should get at least 2 electives approved by their home institution, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is full or cancelled, or if the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list a total of 2 possible electives on your registration form, in order of preference. Please note: a French placement exam will determine your appropriate French class placement.

**SOME CLASSES CARRY ADDITIONAL FEES, WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE ASA PROGRAM FEE.  Students who enroll in a Wine Studies course will incur an additional $150 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Photography course will incur an additional $150 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Sculpture course will incur an additional $260 materials fee.  Students who enroll in a Filmmaking course will incur an additional $150 materials fee.  Students who enroll in “French Civilization in Provence” will incur an additional $150 fee for mandatory academic excursions.  Students who enroll in “Exploring Impressionism” will incur a $775 fee for a mandatory academic excursion (Paris, overnight).  Additional courses besides these may carry additional fees; if so, this will be indicated at the Course Offerings link above.

What Makes Marchutz Special?

The Marchutz School of Fine Arts offers an interdisciplinary and holistic fine arts program that is open to students with any level of French and any level of art background. Through this unique program, studio art production is combined with study in the liberal arts disciplines. Your art studies will include spontaneous perceptual painting and drawing, intensive critical dialogue, extensive museum visits, and a community of students and artists at all levels.

Located on the “Route de Cézanne,” the school’s location on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence has many advantages. Among them are its light-filled space, the studio’s proximity to the famed Chateaunoir and Saint Victoire, and most importantly, its calm and contemplative atmosphere, conducive to sustained, artistic concentration.

The goal of the Marchutz art program is to help you develop a holistic approach to the study of art and art making. It will enhance your capacity to see and your awareness of the relationship between perception and imagination. You will form an integrative relationship between knowledge and intuition, perception and concept, and self-expression and global awareness.

You will draw and paint – every day, if possible, working from models, children, musicians, and dancers. You will interrelate figure drawing, portraiture, landscape, and still-life with interpretive copies of master works, memory work, and sketchbook journals. Study in museums and reading/writing assignments explore the correspondences between natural and artistic forms, and finally, group and individual critiques are essential to each student’s process. 


Excursions and museum visits are an integral part of the Marchutz program and are included with your program fees. Students visit small towns and villages of Provence, which in the past have included St. Remy, Arles, Luberon Valley villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste. In addition, semester students typically go on a longer painting trip to Paris, Giverny, or Venice.


Internship opportunities are available for semester students at The Marchutz School of Fine Arts! An advanced level of French is required (4 semesters of college French). For more information about internship opportunities in Aix-en-Provence, please CLICK HERE!

Early Start Program

ASA is pleased to offer an Early Start Program in conjunction with our Fall and Spring Semester programs in Aix-en-Provence.  The Early Start Program begins one week before the semester starts and is designed to help students at any French level get the most out of their semester.  Early Start is an opportunity for students to brush up on their French in a fun and relaxed environment.  In addition, you’ll have an extra week to settle in and get adjusted to life in France.  If you haven’t taken French in a while or are just feeling unsure about your language ability, the Early Start program will help you feel more comfortable.  Students who participate in Early Start will earn 1 credit, consisting of 15 in-class hours.

For full details on the Early Start Program, please click here!