Master of Fine Arts

“What we need is a school of vision.” - Leo Marchutz

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A Different Kind of MFA

The Marchutz School of Fine Arts is proud to announce a two-year MFA degree program in painting or sculpture in Aix-en-Provence, France. The 60-credit program is conducted in English and accepts artists of diverse interests and backgrounds. The program combines daily studio work, seminars, museum studies, field studies throughout Europe, professional internship opportunities, and a low-residency option.


Seeing, synonymous with discovery, recognition, and discernment, is a core value of The Marchutz School of Fine Arts. The mission of the MFA program is to link contemporary artist concerns to a study of the visible world and to give students a cross-cultural viewpoint through extended study in the museums and galleries of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Focus of the MFA Program
  • Emphasizes the combination of studio arts process with liberal arts learning.

  • A comparative discipline of observation, perceptual analysis and extensive museum and art historical study.

  • Accentuates cross-cultural viewpoints through extended study in the cities, museums and galleries of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

  • Students  form a coherent critical platform and an arts management process by which to present their work.

  • Integrated apprenticeship courses in studio art education models.

MFA Program Overview

The Marchutz School of Fine Arts offers a two-year MFA degree program with a concentration in Painting or Sculpture. The curriculum combines studio practice with liberal arts investigation, critical analysis, museum study, field study, and the flexibility of low-residency during the second year. The 60-credit program, conducted in English, in Aix-en-Provence, France, culminates in a Thesis Project which includes a public presentation of an original body of artwork.  

First-year students work on campus in Aix-en-Provence, France, maintaining a daily open studio practice in their chosen discipline, while concurrently developing independent critical, aesthetic, and art historical research with core faculty advisors.  Students are expected to participate in weekly seminars, multi-city field studies, critiques, museum studies, and liberal arts inquiry.

During the second-year, candidates may complete the program in Aix-en-Provence, or take advantage of the program's low-residency option to work off-campus. Thesis work can be completed in specific partner locations like Paris, Giverny, New York, Barcelona, and Morocco, or, with approved artist teachers, students may work from their home region through a low-residency format. 

Throughout the program MFA candidates' work is evaluated in peer and faculty critiques as well as by visiting artists. Final evaluation and approval is conducted by the MFA Faculty Committee.

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Please direct MFA program-related inquiries to Alan Roberts, Dean, Marchutz School of Fine Arts.

For admissions questions, please contact IAU's Office of Admissions at or call 1-800-221-2051.