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Tyler School of Art
Elkins Park Programs
Main Campus Programs
Goals and Objectives
The Tyler School of Art provides a comprehensive curriculum in fine arts, crafts, design, art education, art history, and architecture. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) professional programs are offered in Ceramics/Glass, Fibers, Graphic and Interactive Design, Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and BFA Studio with Teaching Certification on the Tyler Elkins Park Campus. A concentration in Digital Imaging is available to BFA studio majors. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art (with a concentration in Studio Art, Visual Studies, or Digital Media), the BA in Art History, the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Art Education, BS in Architecture, and the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) professional program are offered on Temple University’s Main Campus. Summer classes and weekend workshops are available. For information on graduate programs, please go to the Tyler website at www.temple.edu/tyler.
Stella Elkins Tyler donated her estate to Temple University in the early 1930s. With an interest in progressive education and a deep appreciation of her mentor, the sculptor Boris Blai, Mrs. Tyler offered her estate with the expressed wish that, through Boris Blai, it would become an environment for the advancement of the fine arts, scholarly study in the arts, and individual creativity.
As founding Dean of Tyler School of Art, Blai instilled the School with a commitment to progressive education emphasizing the student’s mastery of technique within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum. Dean Blai insisted upon individual attention to each student’s needs as the basis of successful teaching. During his 25-year tenure Dean Blai shaped the school into one of the finest visual arts centers in the country, and his founding ideals still remain paramount to Tyler’s educational philosophy.
In 1960 Dean Charles Le Clair succeeded Boris Blai. During this period the Tyler campus was improved with construction of a residence hall, and two studio/classroom buildings. In 1966 Dean Le Clair founded the Tyler Study Abroad program in Rome,
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Tyler’s curriculum continued to grow in response to new definitions of art-making and the role of art in society. New programs and modern facilities in design, ceramics, glass, metals, and photography were added. During this time, Tyler developed the Art and Art Education department and the Art History department on Temple’s Main Campus. These departments serve majors seeking the BA degree with a major in art or art history, the BS degree in art education, and non-majors throughout the University. Today, the curriculum at Tyler continues to address contemporary needs by incorporating digital technology, video, installation, and performance.
From its modest enrollment of 12 students in the first freshman class in 1935, Tyler now boasts a student body of over 1,400 and serves another 2,000-3,000 students each year in elective and core curriculum courses. Today, Tyler is a dynamic organization, serving students at its Elkins Park campus, as well as Temple’s Main Campus, the Ambler Campus, and the Temple University Rome and Tokyo campuses. For over 65 years, the foundation of Tyler’s program has been a faculty of practicing artists and scholars teaching highly talented and motivated students.
Tyler is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Architecture Program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Programs
Entering undergraduates are admitted to the Tyler Main Campus programs by the Director of Admissions of Temple University based on a review of the applicant's academic credentials. This procedure requires the applicant to file all records and test scores in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University on the Main Campus. No portfolio is required for freshmen entering the BA or BS programs. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
To receive transfer credit for studio credits taken at other institutions, a student must present a portfolio for each course. An evaluation will determine whether equivalent, elective, or no credit is to be awarded. The department will accept a maximum of 24 s.h. of transfer studio credit towards the major. Transfer evaluations are conducted in the Fall and Spring semesters only.
Applicants to any Tyler program must meet the deadlines established by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please refer to the Temple website for updated undergraduate deadline information. After the priority deadline dates listed by Temple Undergraduate Admissions, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
Applications and application materials may be obtained by calling: 215-782-2828 or 215-782-2875 or writing: Office of Admissions, Tyler School of Art of Temple University (801-00), 7725 Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park,
Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Architecture Program. Admission will be granted to those students with strong academic credentials. While not required, a portfolio is recommended. All students are initially admitted into the Architecture Basic Studies Program and, if desired, apply for admission to the accredited Bachelor of Architecture (5 year) Professional Program during the fourth studio semester.
Students seeking advanced placement in architecture design studio will be evaluated by portfolio. Students not presenting a portfolio of work will automatically be placed in first year design studio, regardless of previous credits. Contact the Architecture Program at 215/204-8813 for further information.
A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit will be allowed by the Program in relevant work experience, Advanced Placement, or CLEP examination. Matriculated, enrolled students may apply for work experience through the Director of Academic Services.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Program
Entering undergraduates are admitted to Tyler by the Director of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University after consultation with Tyler's Assistant Dean for Admissions following the review of the student's academic record and art portfolio. This procedure requires the applicant to file all records and test scores in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University on the Main Campus. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
Please refer to the University deadlines on the Undergraduate Application or go to the Temple website for deadline information. After the priority deadline dates, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
Applications and application materials may be obtained by calling: (215) 782-2828 or (215) 782-2875 or writing: Office of Admissions, Tyler School of Art of Temple University (801-00), 7725 Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to satisfying academic requirements, all BFA freshman applicants are required to present a portfolio of fifteen to twenty pieces of original artwork for evaluation. Regularly scheduled portfolio reviews are held on the Tyler Campus. Applicants living at a considerable distance from Tyler may elect to submit a portfolio in 35mm slide form instead of appearing for an in-person interview. Those who live in or near the Philadelphia area, however, are expected to present a portfolio of original work during a portfolio review day. This is an occasion when applicants and their families may see the campus and discuss Tyler's educational program with faculty, staff, and students. Tyler also participates in a number of National Portfolio Day events where students can meet with staff or faculty for a portfolio critique. For a complete list of NPDA events in which Tyler will participate, please contact the Tyler Admissions Office. Transfer applicants must submit a slide portfolio via the
While the application to Tyler is being processed by Temple University, an interview by a member of the Tyler faculty or by the Admissions Staff must be arranged. All work included in the portfolio should have been completed during the previous year and should represent as broad a selection as possible: drawings from life, work in both color and black and white media, design examples, photography, prints, crafts, or sculpture. Portfolios must include five strong examples of drawing from observation regardless of the major the applicant wishes to pursue. No work that is copied directly from photographs or magazines should be included. It is not necessary to mat or frame any of the art work for this presentation. Original work must not be sent through the mail.
The freshman applicant is advised to submit work done independently as well as under instruction. The transfer student should submit work that is representative of the college level studio work completed to date.
In order for the application to be completed, an 8 ½” x 11” self-portrait, in pencil from a mirror reflection, must be sent to Tyler. The application is not considered complete without the self-portrait; it becomes a permanent part of the application and is not returned. This self-portrait should not be framed or matted. Please refer to the Tyler catalogue for more information. Tyler also requires a Statement of Purpose that is separate from the Undergraduate application essay as well as a completed BFA information form. For more information on the Statement and the Self-Portrait, or to be emailed a BFA information form or portfolio review appointment form, please email email@example.com.
To enroll with advanced standing, applicants must fulfill the admission requirements of Temple University as well as the special requirements of the School of Art. Applicants should demonstrate a level of art performance appropriate to the year for which they are applying. Usually this requires completion of a proportion of studio and academic courses comparable to that taken by Tyler students, as well as a comparable portfolio of 20 slides. The slides should represent all studio coursework taken, as well as work towards a specific major. The slides must also include five strong examples of drawing from observation, regardless of the major the applicant wishes to pursue.
All transfer students must submit a slide portfolio through the
Tyler accepts transfer students from accredited institutions of higher education and strives to keep any loss of credit to a minimum. The transfer student will be required to complete a minimum of 30 studio credits as a full-time student on the Tyler campus. In order to be considered for transfer credit to the BFA degree, studio credits must have been completed within the last 10 years.
If the transfer student has not completed the equivalent of Tyler's Foundation Program, he or she must take the deficient courses, beginning with the first semester enrolled at Tyler.
Transfer students are admitted at a specific studio level (second semester sophomore, first semester junior, etc.) which is determined by transferable courses, academic performance, and the portfolio evaluation by Tyler faculty.
Please see Financial Information: Financial Aid.
Tyler offers merit based and merit/financial need-based BFA scholarships dependent upon available funding. Generally, between ten and sixteen portfolio scholarships ranging from $1000 to full tuition are awarded to undergraduate students entering in the fall semester. Some of these scholarships may continue dependent upon available funds, cumulative grade point average, and/or demonstrated financial need. All scholarships and guidelines for consideration are printed on the Scholarship List form available in the Tyler Admissions Office and posted on the Tyler website. Students who wish to compete for portfolio scholarships must follow the deadlines and application procedures indicated on the Scholarship List form. BFA applicants submit a slide portfolio along with a sturdy self-addressed, stamped envelope that must be received by the published deadline.
Matriculated students also have the opportunity to compete for Tyler-specific scholarships, including the Wayne Becker Scholarship Award and the Betty-Ann Shema Morris Scholarship. Information about merit scholarships for continuing students is posted annually at the Tyler Elkins Park campus as well as through the Dean's office and department offices.
In addition to portfolio-based scholarships, a number of scholarships for students based on academic achievement are awarded through Temple University to Tyler School of Art. These awards typically range from $1000 to full tuition. For more information about these awards, please contact the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Emergency Grants and Loans
Funds donated by alumni and friends of the school are available to students in the form of emergency grants and loans. Two such funds are the Boris Blai Memorial Tyler Student Aid Fund and the Stella Elkins Tyler Short Term Student Loans. Information about these funds is available through the Student Financial Services Office and the Business Office at the Tyler Elkins Park Campus.
Juniors may elect a year or semester abroad. Housed in the Villa Caproni, facing the Tiber River just north of the Piazza del Popolo, the school offers courses in painting, drawing, graphic and interactive design, photography, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and art history. Facilities include a library, an art gallery, private work areas, and full equipment in studio disciplines. Art history is taught through direct observation of original works and historic sites. The student also may elect to take courses in Italian, anthropology, history, or literature. For more information about Study Abroad options, see International Programs and Study Abroad.
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