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Founded 1935 
Hester Stinnett, Acting Dean 
215-782-2828 general number

The Tyler School of Art BFA and MFA programs provide a comprehensive curriculum in the visual arts on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professional programs are offered in Ceramics and Glass, Fibers and Fabric Design, Graphic and Interactive Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Summer classes and weekend workshops are available. 

In addition to the studio component, the University Core Curriculum requirements necessary for the BFA Degree are offered on the Tyler Campus. Tyler students may elect to fulfill some of the core requirements on one of Temple's other campuses.


The campus, located on a 14-acre estate in suburban Elkins Park, offers a diverse and active schedule of events. Tyler's small size and estate-like campus offer many opportunities for interaction with faculty members and other students. In addition to the close-knit community of faculty and students, Tyler boasts excellent studio facilities, a large art library, and exhibition spaces. There is an extensive program of visiting lecturers and artists throughout the year. Films, demonstrations, gallery openings, and social events provide a stimulating environment outside the classroom where students may meet to discuss work and make contacts with professional artists. 

Tyler is conveniently located near public transportation, allowing easy access to Center City Philadelphia, which enables students to participate in the many activities a metropolitan area has to offer them. The Student Van Service provides safe, free travel within a 2.5 mile radius of the campus. The service operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 pm to12:00 am. It provides a safe means of transportation from the campus to SEPTA rail and transit stations or to students' local residences. 

To Reach Tyler 
By public transportation. For SEPTA commuter trains that stop at 30th Street Station or Market East: Take the R1 or R2 Local to either Elkins Park or Melrose Park Station. Each is a short taxi ride to Tyler (just over one mile). From Center City Philadelphia: Take the Broad Street subway north to Olney Avenue, transfer to the "C" bus marked "Cheltenham-Ogontz" (headed north). Get off at the corner of 19th (Penrose) and Cheltenham and walk north on Penrose to Beech Avenue (five blocks). 


All students are allowed and, therefore, are expected to park on the Tyler Campus while attending school. Although there is no daily charge for parking facilities, a yearly parking decal is required at a nominal fee. Both the Cheltenham Township and Temple University strictly prohibit illegal parking in fire zones or handicapped spaces. Vehicles will be towed. A copy of the parking policy may be obtained at the Student Services/Activities Office.

Residence Halls 

Beech Hall, the dormitory located on the Tyler campus, is a three-story facility that houses 150 residents. It has shared double rooms and common bathroom areas, a recreation and fitness center, a computer lab, a lounge with a large screen television, 24-hour work studios, and laundry facilities. The Residential Life Staff, comprised of four Resident Assistants (upperclassmen) and the Resident Director, work in conjunction with a student governing board to create a positive community living environment through social, cultural, and educational activities. Daily shuttle bus service is available to the other Temple campuses during the fall and spring semesters. Students who live in Beech Hall dormitories participate in a campus meal plan/declining balance program. The meal plan can be used at any of the Temple University Dining Halls and the declining balance can be used at Tyler's Starving Artist among other participating restaurants and snack bars on Temple's campuses. Dining facilities are located in the lower level of Beech Hall Residence and serve three meals on weekdays and two on weekends. 

Health Services

The well-equipped dispensary on campus, which offers a variety of services and art hazards information, operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. It is staffed full time with a registered nurse, and part time with a physician and a counselor. 

Dining Services

Students who do not reside in Beech Hall may purchase a meal plan for dining service within the residence facility on a semester basis. A student who has been signed in as a guest of the residence hall may also purchase meals on an individual basis. A la carte items are also available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm from the Starving Artist. 

(215) 782-2883 

Student Services and Activities, located on the second floor of the Admissions building (1950 Beech Avenue), handles most of the non-academic, extracurricular activities including: entertainment, assisting and developing student organizations, off-campus jobs and housing, museum bus trips, and the production of student publications. Students come here to deal with a myriad of problems. The Student Computer Center overseen by this office is available to all currently enrolled Tyler students, Monday through Friday during the school year. The monitors and student workers are available to help you if you are having problems while working in this lab. 


Student Government- Two elected Tyler representatives participate in the Temple Student Government meetings on the Main Campus. This organization provides an integral link between students on all campuses and assures an ongoing dialogue with the administration.

Student Alliance- Elected student officers serve as liaisons between the Student Government, the general student population, and faculty and administration to insure that the needs of the Tyler student body are fulfilled. The Student Alliance further provides an open forum for campus concerns and issues. A faculty member may be selected and act as resource person and/or adviser to the group. 

CES Committee and Program Board (Creative Expressions Series) Interested students organize, generate, and plan culturally diverse and entertaining extracurricular programs open to the campus community as well as the general public. The General Activities Fee funds both groups. 

GAF Steering Committee Representative (General Activities Fee) Each year a student is appointed by the Director of Student Services and Activities to represent Tyler on the University's GAF Steering Committee. The committee oversees the equitable distribution of GAF money for the University/campus- wide programs, special events, and activities. 

ACF (Artist Christian Fellowship)- Weekly Bible study along with a casual coffeehouse open to the campus community. 

CATS- Students and alumni coordinate semi-annual fairs for the exhibition and sale of their craft work. 

Beech Hall Dorm Senate- Students discuss the rules and regulations of the dormitory and plan recreational events for residents. 


Career Development Services provides students with up-to-date material on career planning, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments for career conversation and advisement. For more information, see the Career Development Services section under Campus Life and Student Services, their web page (http://www.temple.edu/careerdev/) or telephone the office on the Main Campus at (215) 204-7981. 


The School and individual departments sponsor an active program of extracurricular events both on and off campus including public lectures through critical dialogues and arranged introductions, exhibitions, and workshops. These offer students the opportunity to meet with the artists and discuss their work. 



Local and national exhibitions are scheduled in Tyler Gallery on campus and the Temple Gallery in Old City Philadelphia that demonstrate vital movements in contemporary art. The openings for these shows allow students the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. The student-run gallery on campus provides a continual showcase of student work. Call (215) 204-8982 for more information.