2019 Summer Program: The Marchutz School of Fine Arts at IAU

Summer A 2019 (6 credits) – Aix-en-Provence, France $8,895* Arrive June 1, 2019 – Depart July 14, 2019 MSASU6
Summer A 2019 (9 credits) – Aix-en-Provence, France $9,895* Arrive June 1, 2019 – Depart July 14, 2019 MSASU9


Language Eligibility: open to all levels of French.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 6-9 semester credits per 6-week summer session (Summer A).

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: Summer Course Offerings – The Marchutz School of Fine Arts at IAU

Curriciulum Description:

The traditional Marchutz Fine Arts summer program is offered during Session A (6-week session) and consists of 2 mandatory art classes taught in English: Art Criticism & Aesthetics, and Painting & Drawing.  In addition to that, you can take an optional third class (elective) of your choosing for a total of 9 credits.  (Please note that pricing varies, depending on how many credits you take.)  Although you may take French language as your third class, it is not mandatory to take French on this program.  Students who opt for the 9-credit Marchutz summer program should have 3 elective classes approved by their home institution, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts.

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!

Course offerings and schedules are subject to change.
*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 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.