The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

All fine arts courses at IAU College are offered through the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, which has been part of IAU for over 30 years. Each semester the Marchutz Arts Core Program is open to students of all majors, skill levels, and backgrounds, and offers an immersive experience in painting, drawing, art history, and art theory, with excursions to Paris, Giverny, Venice, and the Vaucluse.  The Marchutz School also has elective courses open to all students, regardless of which academic program they enroll in, in art history, creative writing, archaeology, painting and drawing, photography, architectural design, sculpture, and more. 



The mission of the Marchutz School of Fine Arts is, above all, to develop the student's capacity to see. Students will learn from a myriad of available resources including masterworks, architecture, figure and portrait work, landscape and cityscapes, and conceptual and multi-media design. The human imagination, memory, perception, and craft are interwoven throughout the curriculum. These resources and programmatic themes help students look around their environment as well as within themselves until their artistic expression springs from a union of sign and insight - one of the major learning outcomes for all students.



Students wishing to enroll in the Arts Core Program will take the following courses:

SUMMER (Click here to see the Summer Course Catalogue for complete and up-to-date course offerings)

6-Credit Summer Term - Courses:

  • Art Criticism and Aesthetics (ART 311)- Intensive critical and comparative analysis of works from different periods and cultures, with an emphasis on the relationship between content and form.
  • Painting and Drawing Studio (ART 107/207/307)- The overarching purpose of the painting and drawing courses, at all levels, is to develop the student’s capacity to look both into the visible world and into themselves with the intention of transforming their vision into art. The student is led gradually toward a deeper understanding of the relationship between natural and artistic forms. This is achieved through disciplined study in the landscape, through portraiture and model work and museum study. 90 contact hours. ART 311 is a co-requisite.
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9-Credit Summer Term - Courses:

  • Art Criticism and Aesthetics (ART 311)- Intensive critical and comparative analysis of works from different periods and cultures, with an emphasis on the relationship between content and form.
  • Painting and Drawing Studio (ART 107/207/307)- The overarching purpose of the painting and drawing courses, at all levels, is to develop the student’s capacity to look both into the visible world and into themselves with the intention of transforming their vision into art. The student is led gradually toward a deeper understanding of the relationship between natural and artistic forms. This is achieved through disciplined study in the landscape, through portraiture and model work and museum study. 90 contact hours. ART 311 is a co-requisite.
  • One elective of student's choice from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the School of Business & International Relations, the Centre d'Etudes Francaises, or the Marchutz School of Fine Arts.

SEMESTER (Click here to see the Semester Course Catalogue for complete and up-to-date course offerings)

Semester Arts Core Program students take a Drawing Studio Course, Painting Studio Course, and the Art Criticism and Aesthetics Seminar as part of the Marchutz Core Program, along with one French course and one elective course.  Course descriptions are below.

  • Drawing (ART 100/200/300) - Fall/Spring Semester) - The overarching purpose of the studio drawing courses, at all levels, is to develop the student’s capacity to look both into the visible world and into themselves with the intention of transforming their vision into art. The student is led gradually toward a deeper understanding of the relationship between natural and artistic forms. This is achieved through disciplined study in the landscape, through portraiture and model work and museum study. Combined total of 6hours of instruction per week in both the studio and outside in the landscape, as well as excursions to European museums.
  • Painting (ART 130/230/330 - Fall/Spring Semester) - The overarching purpose of the studio painting courses, at all levels, is to develop the student’s capacity to look both into the visible world and into themselves with the intention of transforming their vision into art. The student is led gradually towards a deeper understanding of the relationship between natural and artistic forms. This is achieved through disciplined study in the landscape, through portraiture and model work and museum study. Combined total of 6hours of instruction per week in both the studio and outside in the landscape, as well as excursions to European museums.
  • Art Criticism and Aesthetics Seminar I (ART 309 - Fall Semester) - The Art Criticism seminar offers the student access to a wide variety of images (architectural, sculptural, painted, etc.).  The objective of this course is to improve critical awareness and to refine judgment based on an exploration of universal principles through visual experience. The seminar takes students into an in-depth study of the basic elements of form: color, value, light and volume. Field studies included.
  • Art Criticism and Aesthetics Seminar II (ART 310 - Spring Semester) - Artworks and texts from varying periods and cultures throughout history are compared and contrasted to explore diverse issues such as the imagination, symbol in art, Zen principles in eastern art, motif and tradition. Field studies included.
  • One French Course
  • One Elective of Student's Choosing

Students enrolled in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or the School of Business and International Relations may take courses at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts along with their other courses. An studio fee may apply. Please see the Summer Course Page or the Semester Course Page for the most recent offerings.


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