The American College of the Mediterranean

Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture


27 Place de l’Université


Aix-En-Provence, Provence-A


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The American College of the Mediterranean is proud to offer a two-year MFA degree program in painting or sculpture (Sculpture will begin in Fall 2019) in Aix-en-Provence, France through its Marchutz School of Fine Arts. 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 third semester. 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 continue the program in Aix-en-Provence, or take advantage of the program's low-residency option to work off-campus for the fall semester of the second-year. 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.


"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, Portfolio of Work

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL Score of 79 or above

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 850 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 23,220 - 28,050 USD

Classification: Unknown

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