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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 for New Freshman Students

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 Freshman Students Starting in Academic Year 2009-2010

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Foundation 1511 Foundation Drawing 3  
Foundation 1521 2-D Foundation Principles 3  
Foundation 1531 3-D Foundation Principles 3  
Art History 1155 Art Heritage Western World I 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foundation 1512 Foundation Drawing 3  
Foundation 1522 2-D Foundation Principles 3  
Foundation 1532 3-D Foundation Principles 3  
Art History 1156 Art Heritage Western World II 3  
Foundation 1541/1542 Foundation Computer and Lab*  2  
Subtotal     17  
*Freshmen will be assigned Foundation Computer in either fall or spring, pending placement testing.
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Elective 3  
Elective   Non-Tyler Elective 3  
Art History   Art History Elective* 4  
Subtotal     16  
*may be taken in fall or spring semester
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Art History   Art History Writing-Intensive Elective*
(required by some majors)
4 WI
Subtotal     16  
*may be taken in fall or spring semester
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Non-Tyler Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
    Writing Intensive course in major 3 WI
Subtotal     15  
 
Total Hours for B.F.A. for New Freshman Students: 126  

 

B.F.A. Degree for New Transfer Students

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 14
University Core Curriculum 35
Total 132

Suggested Four-Year B.F.A. Sequence for New Transfer Students Starting in Academic Year 2009-2010

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
Foundation 1511 Foundation Drawing 3  
Foundation 1521 2-D Foundation Principles 3  
Foundation 1531 3-D Foundation Principles 3  
Art History 1155 Art Heritage Western World I 3 AR
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
Foundation 1512 Foundation Drawing 3  
Foundation 1522 2-D Foundation Principles 3  
Foundation 1532 3-D Foundation Principles 3  
Art History 1156 Art Heritage Western World II 3 AR
Foundation 1541/1542 Foundation Computer and Lab*  2  
Subtotal     17  
*Freshmen will be assigned Foundation Computer in either fall or spring, pending placement testing.
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Sophomore Studio Electives 9  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GZ
Core   International Studies 3 IS
Core   Race and American Culture** 3 RU/RS/AC
Subtotal     18  
**Class combines more than one Core area, or a Core area and a College requirement.
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Sophomore Studio Electives 9  
Art History   Art History Writing-Intensive Elective 4 WI
Core   Quantitative Reasoning A 3 QA
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Electives 6  
Core   Quantitative Reasoning B 3 QB
Core   Individual & Society WI** 3 WI/IN/XN
Subtotal     18  
**Class combines more than one Core area, or a Core area and a College requirement.
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Electives 6  
Core   Science & Technology (first level) 4 SA
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Electives 6  
Core   Science & Technology (second level) 3-4 SB
Subtotal     15-16  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio WI 3 WI
    Art History elective 4  
Core   International Studies 3 IS
Subtotal     16  
 
Total Hours for B.F.A. for New Transfer Students: 132 (minimum)

 


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 for New Freshman Students Starting in Academic Year 2009-2010

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

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Foundation 1511 Foundation Drawing 3  
Foundation 1521 2-D Foundation Principles 3  
Foundation 1531 3-D Foundation Principles 3  
Art History 1155 Art Heritage Western World I 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foundation 1512 Foundation Drawing 3  
Foundation 1522 2-D Foundation Principles 3  
Foundation 1532 3-D Foundation Principles 3  
Art History 1156 Art Heritage Western World II 3  
Foundation 1541/1542 Foundation Computer and Lab*  2  
Subtotal     17  
*Freshmen will be assigned Foundation Computer in either fall or spring, pending placement testing.
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Psychology 1061 Psychology as a Social Science 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Subtotal     18  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Electives/Prerequisites 9  
ART ED 2001 Science & Art of Teaching
(Prerequisite for ART ED 3002)
4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Subtotal     17  
 
Summer Session I - Main or Ambler Campus
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Art History   Elective 4  
Subtotal     4  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 9  
    Studio Elective 3  
Art History   Art History Elective* 4 WI*
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal     19  
*may be writing-intensive for some majors
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 6  
    Studio Elective 3  
ART ED 3002 Art in Elementary & Secondary Education 4  
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Summer Session I - Main or Ambler Campus
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Education 1322 The Developing Individual Across the Life Span
(prerequisite for ART ED 4088)
3  
Education 1196 Education & Schooling in America
(prerequisite for ART ED 4088)
3 WI
Subtotal     6  
 
Summer Session II - Main or Ambler Campus
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal     6  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Studio Major Courses 9  
    Studio Elective 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Subtotal     18  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    Capstone in Major 3 WI
ART ED 4088 Student Teaching 12  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total Hours for B.F.A. with Teaching Certification: 146 (minimum)

 

B.F.A. Foundation Program

Gerard Brown, Chairperson

Tyler School of Art Building

Administrative Suite Room 210P

215-777-9170

gbrown@temple.edu

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 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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