L'École Marchutz

Core Program | Overview

You can’t know where the future will take you. You can know that studying at IAU will change you... for the better. If you are an artist inside, as I still am, the school that bears Leo’s name is an experience to covet and savor.
— Larry Richardson — Marchutz School Alumnus '71-72

A unique art program for all majors.

The mission of the Arts Core Program is to help students sharpen their visual perceptions of the world around them, decipher their own perceptions and responses, and respond through a holistic (studio, historical, and critical) discipline, relating their discoveries to an intensive investigation of the nature and aim of art.


The interdisciplinary and holistic approach combines the studio art discipline, liberal arts course work, intensive critical dialogue in aesthetics seminars, and field study in the museums of Europe. Within a collaborative atmosphere, all Marchutz faculty strive to create community among working artists and students at every level.

The Core Program curriculum is conceived of as a full year of study. In addition to studio sessions, Field Studies include:

         • 5-day museum study in Paris, France (Fall)

         • 5-day sculpture workshop in Giverny, France (Fall)

         • 10-day painting excursion to Venice, Italy (Spring)

         • Site visits to Arles, St. Remy, the Vaucluse (Fall and Spring)

         • Day-trips to from Aix-en-Provence (Fall and Spring)

Studio Courses and Seminars are conducted in English. Art students are also encouraged to take French courses which are offered at every level through IAU.

Through IAU, The Marchutz School of Fine Art maintains partnerships with over 300 colleges and universities for credit-bearing courses in studio art, art history, aesthetics, and French language. Electives are also offered in Photography, Archaeology, Sculpture, Creative Writing, and Architectural Design.

Check with your Study Abroad office or register for a MyIAU Account for an in-depth look at the application and enrollment procedure.