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Bachelor of Fine Arts

7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027
215-782-2828
tyler@temple.edu


Tyler's curriculum is designed to give sound preparation to the future artist while at the same time avoiding narrow vocational goals. The freshman foundation program and introductory courses in each studio area develop a thorough understanding of fundamental processes and information. Advanced courses in the majors stress the development of an individual idiom and preparation for the professional world. At Tyler, art students find an atmosphere of aesthetic freedom that encourages personal experimentation and the exploration of visual concepts.

The B.F.A. with Teaching Certification program leads to certification for teaching art in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students must complete B.F.A. requirements along with a three-year department core in Education and Art Education that begins in the sophomore year. Because of increased requirements, four years plus one summer session are usually necessary to fulfill all requirements.

Freshman Year

The Foundation Program is highly structured and intensive; it forms the base that establishes the fundamental studio practice and principles for all visual art expression. In addition to presenting traditional vocabulary, theory, media, and technique, the Foundation Program develops creative thinking and problem solving, visual thinking, and perceptual and imaginative abilities. Faculty members from all areas of the school teach the Foundation courses, assuring a broad range of experience and diverse viewpoints.

Sophomore Year

Sophomore studio electives serve as prerequisites to enter the major, of which one specific course is required in each major. During the sophomore year, students are offered the opportunity to explore a wide range of studio areas. This experience gives the necessary background with which to make an informed selection of a major and adds to the overall breadth of the educational experience. Requirements are six 0100-level studio courses (18 s.h.), not to exceed three courses from any one major area and to include at least one course from three different major areas; and additional credits in Art History electives and/or University Core Curriculum.

Junior and Senior Years

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is completed after a final two-year concentration in a major studio area. Because expressive work is often achieved by synthesis of disparate media, a substantial amount of studio work outside the major is allowed. Requirements are eight specified 0200 - 0300 level major courses (24 s.h.), with a minimum grade of C- required in each course; seven studio electives which may be taken outside the major or as additional major (21 s.h.); and additional credits in Art History electives and/or University Core Curriculum.

B.F.A. Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 132 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

B.F.A. Curriculum

Requirements Credits
Studio courses 83
Art History 16
University Core Curriculum 33* (If suggested sequence is followed.)
Total 132

Suggested Four Year B.F.A. Sequence

Freshman Year Fall        Spring
Foundation Drawing 3 3
2-D Design Principles 3 3
3-D Design Principles 3 3
Foundation Computer 2*    
Art Heritage Western World C055 & C056 4 4
Composition C050 3  
Intellectual Heritage X051    3
Totals 18 16

Sophomore Year Fall Spring
Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9 9
Intellectual Heritage  X052 3  
University Core* 6 9
Totals 18 18

Junior Year Fall Spring
Studio Major Courses 6 6
Studio Electives 3 6
University Core 6 3
Totals 15 15

Senior Year Fall Spring
Studio Major Course 6 6
Studio Electives 6 6
Art History elective 4 4
Totals 16 16
*May be taken in Fall or Spring Semester      
Suggested core courses offered in Elkins Park included those that fulfill more than one core requirement. These include: SOC X069 (AC,RS,WI); TYR R188: Art, Race and the American Experience (AC,RS, WI) PSYCH C060 (IN,WI); WOMEN’S Studies X051 (IN, WI), College Composition R050 (CO, RS).



B.F.A. Degree with Teaching Certification

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Teaching Certification may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 148 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

B.F.A. with Teaching Certification Curriculum

Requirements Credits
Studio Courses 74
Art History Courses 16
University Core Curriculum   39-52
Education Core 10
Art Education 16

Four Year B.F.A. with Teaching Certification Sequence

Freshman Year
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
Tyler Found. 0001 and 0011 Foundation Drawing 3 3  
Tyler Found. 0002 and 0012 2-D Design Principles 3 3  
Tyler Found. 0003 3-D Design Principles 3 3  
Tyler Found. 0005/0006 Foundation Computer 2*      
Art History C055

C056
Art Heritage Western World I
     or
Art Heritage Western World II
4   AC
English C050 Composition    3 CO
Intellectual
 Heritage
X051 Intellectual Heritage    3 IA
Totals     18 16  

Sophomore Year        
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Electives/Prereq. 9 9  
Intellectual
Heritage
X052/X092 Intellectual Heritage II 3   IB
Art Education 0110 Science and Art of Teaching (Prereq for Art Ed 0085)   4  
Psychology C060 Psychology as a
Social Science
3   IN
    University Core 3 4  
Totals     18 17  

Junior Year          
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6 6  
    Studio Electives 3 6  
Art Education 0085 Art in Elementary and Secondary Education   4  
Art History   Elective 4    
STOC 0065 Public Speaking   3  
    University Core 3    
Totals     16 19  

Summer Session - Main or Ambler Campus      
Department Course # Course Name Summer Session I Summer Session II RCI
Education 0122 The Developing Individual Across the Life Span (*Prereq for Art Ed 0187) 3    
Education X060 Education and Schooling in America (*Prereq for Art Ed 0187) 3   AC, WI
    University Core   6  
Totals     6 6  

Senior Year          
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Major Courses 9 3  
    Studio Electives 3    
Art Education 0187 Student Teaching   12  
    University Core 6    
Totals     18 15  

B.F.A. Foundation Program

All B.F.A. majors (including those who seek Art Teaching Certification K-12) share a common freshman foundation year.  Studies for the B.F.A. degree at Tyler begin with a common freshman experience, the Foundation Year.  During this year, students are enrolled in studio courses in Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Principles, and Foundation Computer.  The Foundation Program is highly structured and intensive.  It forms the fundamental basis for studio practice, critical thinking, and the understanding and implementation of principles of visual art expression.  The program emphasizes creative and critical thinking, problem solving, visual thinking, perception and observation, as well as presents traditional vocabulary, theory, media, and techniques of artistic practice.  The Foundation Faculty is comprised of faculty from all major areas in the School, providing freshmen with a broad perspective and diverse points of view from which to build their experience as artists.

B.F.A. Foundation Year

Department Course # Course Name                                Fall Spring RCI
Foundation 0001/0011 Foundation Drawing  3 3  
Foundation 0002/0012 2D Foundation Principles  3 3  
Foundation 0003 3D Foundation Principles 3    
Foundation 0004 3D Foundation Principles   3  
Foundation 0005/0006 Foundation Computer and Lab    2*    
Art History C055 or C056 Art Heritage Western World I or
Art Heritage Western World II
4
4
  AR
AR
English C050 Composition 3   CO
IH X051 Intellectual Heritage   3   IA
*May be taken in Fall or Spring Semester      

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