The American College of the Mediterranean

Master of Arts in Art History


27 Place de l’Université


Aix-En-Provence, Provence-A


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Art History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH) degree offered by the American College of the Mediterranean is a one-year Master’s degree leveraging ACM’s strategic location in Southern France. The program builds on ACM's and the Institute for American Universities' academic tradition as one of the first American institutions abroad to create a full studio art and art history curriculum founded on the rich art and art historical traditions of the south of France and, in particular, Aix-en-Provence.  The founders of IAU had this in mind as they formulated a full art curriculum which grew out of a studio painting course started by Léo Marchutz in 1960. Its defining characteristic resides in the educational principle that any art-related study should combine in a holistic manner the three disciplines of art history, studio practice, and critical studies. The artistic traditions of the south of France and the Mediterranean Basin will naturally serve as the intellectual backbone of the Masters of Arts in Art History. The MAAH is a thirty-six credit hour, one-year program consisting of 4 three-credit Art History courses chosen in review with a Faculty Advisor, 2 three-credit Critical studies courses, 1 three-credit studio art course in painting and drawing, 1 three-credit January traveling seminar, 2 three-credit French Acquisition courses, 1 3-credit internship (optional and can be replaced by additional art history or studio art course) and a final three-credit Master’s thesis presentation and review.   A Master’s Thesis prospective will be submitted in the second semester for approval by the student’s advisor. Students will continue to work on the thesis paper with their advisor and submit no later than July 1st for successful completion of the program. The advisor will help determine the student’s particular thesis’ area of focus.


"The American College of the Mediterranean is currently under review for regional accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), an association which accredits U.S. institutions of higher learning. Since enrolling its first class in 1957, the Institute for American Universities (ACM's parent organization) has served as a center for education abroad for U.S. undergraduates. It is a not-for-profit institution of higher education and issues its own transcripts. IAU has worked with over 700 U.S. public and private colleges and universities, most of whom are familiar with the high standards of IAU programs and accept direct transfer of academic credit. Many institutional partners of IAU have NECHE accreditation, including Fairfield University, Harvard University, Boston College, Tufts University, and more."

Eligibility Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL Score of 79 or above

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 700 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 25,200 USD

Classification: Unknown

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