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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Tyler School of Art

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

215-777-9000

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, or four years plus one semester (for some majors) are 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 or two specific courses are 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 2000-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 General Education.

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 3000-4000 level major courses (24 s.h.), with a minimum grade of C- required in each course; three studio electives which may be taken outside the major or as additional major (9 s.h.), one major capstone course (3 s.h.); and additional credits in Art History electives, General Education and non-Tyler courses.

 

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 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

B.F.A. Curriculum

Requirements Credits
Studio courses 74
Art History 14
General Education 32 (maximum)
Courses Outside of Tyler and GenEd 6
Total 126

Suggested Four Year B.F.A. Sequence for New Freshmen starting in academic year 2008-2009

Freshman Year        
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
Foundation 1511 & 1512 Foundation Drawing 3 3  
Foundation 1521 & 1522 2-D Foundation Principles 3 3  
Foundation 1531 & 1532 3-D Foundation Principles 3 3  
Foundation 1541/1542 Foundation Computer & Lab* 0 2  
Art History

Art History
1155

1156
Art Heritage of the Western World I
     and
Art Heritage of the Western World II
3

3
 
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 0 GW
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 0 3 GY
Subtotal     16 17  
*Freshmen will be assigned Foundation Computer in either Fall or Spring, pending placement testing.

Sophomore Year      
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9 9  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 0 GZ
GenEd 08xx Quantitative Literacy 4 0 GQ
GenEd 08xx U.S. Society 0 3 GU
GenEd 08xx Race & Diversity 0 3 GD
Subtotal     16 15  

Junior Year      
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6 6  
    Studio Electives 3 3  
GenEd 08xx World Society 0 3 GG
    Non-Tyler Electives 3 0  
Art History   Art History Elective 4* 0  
Art History   Art History Writing Intensive Elective
(required by some majors)
0 4* WI
Subtotal     16 16  
*May be taken in Fall or Spring Semester

Senior Year      
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Major Course 6 6  
    Studio Electives 0 3  
    Writing Intensive course in major 0 3 WI
    Non-Tyler Electives 3 0  
GenEd 08xx Human Behavior 3 0 GB
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology 3 3 GS
Subtotal     15 15  



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 146 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 14
General Education    32
Education Core 10
Art Education 16
Total 146

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

(Note: some majors may require four years plus one semester)

Freshman Year
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
Foundation 1511 & 1512 Foundation Drawing 3 3  
Foundation 1521 & 1522 2-D Foundation Principles 3 3  
Foundation 1531 & 1532 3-D Foundation Principles 3 3  
Foundation 1541/1542 Foundation Computer & Lab 0   2*  
Art History

Art History
1155

1156
Art Heritage of the Western World I
     and
Art Heritage of the Western World II
3

3
 
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing   4 0 GW
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 0 3 GY
Subtotal     16 17  
*may be taken in Fall or Spring Semester  

Sophomore Year        
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9 9  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 0 GZ
Art Education 2001 Science & Art of Teaching (Prerequisite for ART ED 3002) 0 4  
Psychology 1061 Psychology as a Social Science 3 0  
GenEd 08xx U.S. Society 3 0 GU
GenEd 08xx Quantitative Literacy 0 4 GQ
Subtotal     18 17  


Summer Session - Main or Ambler Campus    
Department Course # Course Name Summer
Session I
Summer
Session I
I
RCI
Art History   Elective 4 0  
Subtotal     4    


Junior Year          
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Major Courses 9 6  
    Studio Electives 3 3  
Art Education 3002 Art in Elementary & Secondary Education 0 4  
Art History   Elective (*may be writing intensive for some majors) 4 0 WI*
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 0 3  
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology 3 0 GS
Subtotal     19 16  


Summer Session - Main or Ambler Campus    
Department Course # Course Name Summer Session I Summer Session II RCI
Education 1322 The Developing Individual Across the Life Span (prerequisite for ART ED 4088) 3 0  
Education 1196 Education & Schooling in America (Prerequisite for ART ED 4088) 3 0  
GenEd 08xx Human Behavior 0 3 GB
GenEd 08xx Race & Diversity 0 3  
Subtotal     6 6  


Senior Year          
Department Course # Course Name Fall Spring RCI
    Studio Major Courses 9 0  
    Studio Electives 3 0  
    Capstone in Major 0 3 WI
Art Education 4088 Student Teaching 0 12  
GenEd 08xx World Society 3 0 GG
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology 3 0 GS
Subtotal     18 15  

B.F.A. Foundation Program

Studies for the B.F.A. degree at Tyler (including those who seek Art Teaching Certification K-12) 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 Department is highly structured and intensive.  It forms the fundamental basis for studio practice, critical thinking, and the understanding and implementation of principles of visual expression.  The program emphasizes creative and critical thinking, problem solving, visual thinking, perception and observation through the use of visual vocabulary, theory, media, and techniques of artistic practice.  The Foundation Faculty is comprised of artists from all the fields represented in the school's majors, 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 1511/1512 Foundation Drawing  3 3  
Foundation 1521/1522 2-D Foundation Principles  3 3  
Foundation 1531/1532 3-D Foundation Principles 3 3  
Foundation 1541/1542 Foundation Computer & Lab    2*    
Art History

Art History
1155

1156
Art Heritage Western World I
     and
Art Heritage Western World II
3

3
 
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4   GW
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I   3 GY
*May be taken in Fall or Spring Semester      

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