2018 Summer Program: The Marchutz School of Fine Arts


 Summer A 2018 (6 credits)  click here for price*  click here for dates
 Summer A 2018 (9 credits)  click here for price*  click here for dates
 Summer C 2018 (3 credits)  click here for price*  click here for dates


Language Eligibility: open to all levels of French.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Total contact hours: 90-135 per 6-week summer session (Summer A). 45 per 3-week summer session (Summer C). 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 6-9 semester credits per 6-week summer session (Summer A). 3 credits per 3-week summer session (Summer C).

Final transcript is issued by IAU College.  Classes are taken with other American students. Some classes carry additional course fees which are not included in the ASA program fee.

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

Curriciulum Description:

The traditional 6-credit Marchutz summer program is offered during Session A (the 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 at least 2 elective classes approved by their academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts.

Students who wish to attend a 3-week program at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts may enroll Session C and take just Photography or just Sculpture, for a maximum of 3 credits.  (Art Criticism & Aesthetics, as well as Painting & Drawing, can only be taken during the 6-week summer program, Session A.)  Students who opt for the 3-week program should have at least 2 classes approved  by their academic advisor, 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.


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.