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Academic Programs / Art & Architecture
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Goals and Objectives
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 within the School 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, Italy. Tyler’s Rome Campus thrives today as one of the most respected fine arts study abroad programs in Europe. The program has expanded to include a full range of liberal arts, architecture, business, and law courses, with an emphasis on topics relating to Rome, Italy, and the European Common Market.
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 B.A. degree with a major in art or art history, the B.S. 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.
In January 2009, we opened our doors to the new Tyler facility on main campus. Award-winning architect Carlos Jimenez, designer of some of the country’s premier art education facilities and exhibition spaces, designed Temple’s new Tyler School of Art building. The new Tyler building is located adjacent to the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, joining Tyler Architecture Program and the School of Communications and Theater to form a “mini arts campus” within Temple’s main campus, and unites all Tyler students onto one campus. Additional studio facilities for Art and Art Education are located in Anderson Hall, and Architecture studios are located in the Engineering and Architecture building. Easy access to the wealth of academic courses in Temple’s other schools and colleges, athletics, residence halls, student parking, student organizations, and the active campus life of Temple University adds cosmopolitan breadth to Tyler’s studio and academic programs.
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 General Education courses. Today, Tyler is a dynamic organization, serving students at 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), the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture.
According to the NAAB, "In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."
Contact: Tyler Admissions Office
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
General Information for freshman and transfer applicants to all programs
Applicants to any Tyler program must meet the deadlines established by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please refer to the Temple web site for updated undergraduate deadline information as well as information regarding the academic requirements for admission. After the priority deadline dates listed by Temple Undergraduate Admissions, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
Department of Art and Art Education
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies (for fall 2011) and Bachelor of Science Programs
Entering undergraduates are admitted to the Tyler programs by the Director of Admissions of Temple University based on a review of the applicant's academic credentials and the results of the portfolio review. This procedure requires the applicant to file all records and test scores in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University and to submit a portfolio. There is a specific format for the portfolio required; please review the information at the Tyler web site: www.temple.edu/tyler. Appointments for freshman portfolio reviews can be made by calling 215-777-9090.
Transfer Students to the B.A. in Visual Studies (for fall 2011) and the B.S. in Art Education Programs
Transfer Portfolio Format
The portfolio should be uploaded to www.temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. Transfers are reviewed by a committee, so they are not eligible for in-person reviews. You are required to submit images that represent each studio art course completed. Descriptions of each image should be included, indicating size, medium, title, the course in which the work was completed, and date completed. You will also be required to submit the required writing exercise as outlined in the portfolio requirements for B.A. in Visual Studies or B.S. in Art Education. Most transfer applicants should include the drawing exercise as well unless they have completed a college drawing course. For more information, refer to the Tyler web site: www.temple.edu/tyler/admissions/index.html.
Please note that the Department of Art and Art Education will only accept up to 24 credits of studio toward either the B.A. in Art or the B.S. in Art Education degree.
Architecture Admissions: B.S. in Architecture, B.S. in Architectural Preservation, B.S. in Facilities Management
Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the one of the three degrees offered by the Architecture department. The three programs all begin with the same two-year Architecture Foundations curriculum, also called the Architecture Undeclared curriculum. All freshman applicants to any of the three programs must complete the Temple online application and select "Architecture Undeclared" as their program of study. Admission will be granted to those students with strong academic credentials. Students who clearly meet the academic requirements for admission are not required to submit a portfolio. Students who are accepted into another program at Temple who do not meet the academic requirements for admissions may present a portfolio. For specific portfolio format guidelines, please go to www.temple.edu/architecture.
All students are initially admitted into the Architecture Foundation Program (Architecture Undeclared) and, if desired, apply for admission to the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (five-year) Professional Program, or the B.S. in Facilities Management or the B.S. in Architectural Preservation during the fourth studio semester. Please note that the first professional degree offered by Tyler is the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree. Students completing the B.S. in Architecture will have the option to apply to the two-year M.Arch program in their senior year. All admitted students are guaranteed to graduate from the program with an undergraduate degree as long as the academic requirements of the University are met, but admission into the B.S. in Architecture is limited and competitive. Students without college-level architecture studio coursework may apply for the fall semester only.
Students who are not accepted into the B.S. in Architecture may select either the B.S. in Facilities Management or the B.S. in Architectural Preservation as long as they are in good academic standing and have completed the required coursework.
For additional information, please go to www.temple.edu/architecture.
Transfer students seeking advanced placement in architecture design studio will be evaluated by portfolio and the review of the transcripts. Admitted students not presenting a portfolio of work will automatically be placed in first-year design studio, regardless of previous credits. 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. Portfolios must be uploaded to www.temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service.
Architecture Portfolio Format
Admission to the architecture program is highly selective, and based on a review of the academic credentials. A portfolio is not required for admission. If the student is not selected for architecture but meets the general requirements for admission to Temple University and wishes to be considered for admission to architecture, he/she must submit a portfolio of artistic or creative work, as per requirements, procedures and assessment criteria specified by the Architecture Department.
For complete portfolio format information for freshman and transfer applicants please go to www.temple.edu/architecture.
Intra-University Transfer Admission
Temple University students who apply as Intra-university transfer students are reviewed for admission to Architecture Foundation Studies based on GPA and availability of space in the program. Admission is selective. Typically, students with a 3.0 or higher GPA are considered. While a portfolio is not required, students may wish to submit a portfolio or work to enhance their application. Students with previous college credits in architecture should submit a portfolio of work that represents studio coursework taken for consideration for advanced standing. Portfolios are to be uploaded at www.temple.slideroom.com. Follow the instructions on the SlideRoom web site to do this. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. All intra-university transfer students (regardless of the number of credit hours completed) must complete all architecture courses from Architecture Foundation Studies (or submit evidence of having completed equivalent courses elsewhere) before continuing into the 3rd and 4th year of the B.S. in Architecture, the B.S. in Facilities Management or the B.S. in Architectural Preservation.
Other Transfer Admission
All transfer students must submit the online Temple University application at www.temple.edu/undergrad. Admission will be based on GPA and prior education. A portfolio is not required for consideration for admission, but may be submitted to enhance the application. Transfer students with previous credits in architecture from other institutions may be considered for admission to Tyler’s Architecture program with advanced standing. Students who already hold a Bachelor's degree and certain other upper-level transfer students may be eligible for consideration for participation in various options for acceleration. Placement into the program is based upon prior architectural education and a review of a portfolio representing studio coursework completed, not merely the number of credits earned at another institution. Students who do not submit a portfolio but are academically admissible will be accepted into first year studio only.
Portfolios are to be uploaded at www.temple.slideroom.com. Follow the instructions on the SlideRoom web site. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. Students without college-level architecture studio coursework may apply for the fall semester only.
For further information contact the Tyler Admissions office.
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. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
Please refer to the university deadlines on the Undergraduate Application or go to the Temple web site for deadline information. After the priority deadline dates, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
Undergraduate applicants for the B.F.A. program apply for full-time matriculation for either the Fall or Spring semester. Part-time status is not available for B.F.A. applicants.
In addition to satisfying academic requirements, all B.F.A. 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 campus. Applicants living at a considerable distance from Tyler may elect to upload a portfolio at www.temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. Those who live in or near the Philadelphia area 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. 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. We discourage work that is copied directly from photographs or magazines. Original work, CDs, DVDs, binders, etc., must not be sent through the mail. These are unacceptable and will not be reviewed or returned.
The freshman applicant is advised to submit work done independently as well as under instruction.
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 viewbook (available as a PDF at www.temple.edu/tyler) for more information. Tyler also requires a statement of purpose that is separate from the undergraduate application essay as well as a completed B.F.A. information form. For more information on the statement and the self-portrait contact the Tyler Admissions Office.
To make a portfolio review appointment, please call the Tyler Admissions Office.
Transfer Students to the BFA program
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 at least twenty (20) images of work uploaded to www.temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. The images must represent all studio coursework taken, as well as work towards a specific major. The portfolio must also include five (5) strong examples of drawing from observation, regardless of the major the applicant wishes to pursue. Drawings should be complete, sustained works, not sketches.
A transfer committee comprised of Tyler faculty and the Admissions staff will review the portfolios and academic records of each application to determine the best placement level possible. We encourage all transfer applicants to schedule a campus tour.
Tyler accepts transfer students from accredited institutions of higher education. The transfer student will be required to complete a minimum of 30 studio credits as a full-time student at the Tyler School of Art. In order to be considered for transfer credit to the B.F.A. 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. Students who choose to enroll do so with the understanding that they are accepting the studio placement as determined by the transfer committee.
See Tyler's Academic Policies and Regulations section.
Please see the Student Financial Aid section of the Bulletin. Detailed information can also be found on the Student Financial Services web site at www.temple.edu/sfs. Applications for financial aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are available through the Student Financial Services office, 215-204-2244.
Tyler offers merit-based and merit/financial need-based scholarships dependent upon available funding. Generally, between 16 and 20 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 web site. Students who wish to compete for portfolio scholarships must follow the deadlines and application procedures indicated on the scholarship list form.
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 in 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.
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.
A maximum of fifteen students from the Architecture Department participate in this Rome Program. Students may participate in either their Third or Fourth Year for one semester, either in the Fall of Spring semesters. The Program also recruits students from other universities by mailing brochures and posters to every major architecture curriculum throughout the country.
In conjunction with the Glasgow School of Art, the Crafts Department of the Tyler School of Art offers an interdisciplinary studio program in Scotland. The program consists of four weeks of traveling and intensive studio workshops in a variety of media while exploring the art, culture, and geographic beauty of Great Britain.
Temple University Japan offers a Fall Semester Architecture program, conducted in English, as part of its regular fall semester undergraduate study abroad program. The program is geared towards students majoring in Architecture, Architectural Studies, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design/Studies. The program is comprised of a six-credit studio course and a three-credit seminar; students choose their remaining one or two courses from a broad range of Japanese language and Asian Studies courses. The academic program is enriched by special activities in and around Tokyo, and a weekend course excursion to Kyoto conducted in conjunction with the seminar course.
The Art, Media, and Design Summer Workshop in Japan is offered at the Temple University Japan campus in Tokyo. The summer workshop course incorporates lectures, site visits, readings, and discussions as well as a workshop component. Temple Japan now offers a B.A. in Art degree (digital media concentration).
Traditionally, Tyler has been invited to nominate a distinguished junior B.F.A. Painting or Sculpture major for participation in the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art and Music in Connecticut. Nominations are made by the PDS faculty.
Tyler offers one full scholarship each summer to the Black Hills Print Symposium in South Dakota. Nominations are made by the Printmaking faculty. The Symposium brings together professional artists and students from all over the country for a serious exchange of ideas and information. One scholarship is also awarded to the summer program of the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. The Pilchuck School offers glassblowing, hot glass sculpture, casting, mixed media sculpture, flame working, and neon to students from around the world. The School emphasizes experimentation, investigation, teamwork, and personal growth. Nominations are made by the Glass faculty. Each year, students are nominated for a full scholarship to the nine-week Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Summer Program in Maine. The scholarship covers full costs of room, board, and tuition. Skowhegan enrolls 60 advanced students of painting and sculpture from schools across the country who work independently under the guidance of six resident faculty members and weekly visiting artists. Students who have completed the junior year are nominated by presenting work to the PDS faculty.
The Career Center provides students and alumni with up-to-date material on career planning, résumé preparation, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments for career conversation and advisement. For more information, see the Career Center section of the Bulletin, or go to their web site at www.temple.edu/careercenter or telephone the office at 215-204-7981.
Visiting Artists Program
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.
Annual cash, book, and gift certificate awards are given to graduating students who have excelled in art, demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, or distinguished themselves in a particular department. Among these awards are the Alec Abels Memorial Award in Painting, the Alumni Service Award, the Art and Art Education Department Achievement Award, the Essie Baron Memorial Award, the Billikopf Awards, the Rudolf Staffel Award in Ceramics, the Boris Blai Memorial Award in Sculpture, the Jane D. Bonelli Art Education Award, the Kristin Huggins Memorial Award, the Del Val Potters Supply Award, the East Bay Batch & Color Awards, the Faculty Award in Art Education, the Faculty Award in Art History, the Faculty Award in Metals, the Frei and Borel Student Awards, the Graphic Design Alumni Award, the Graphic and Interactive Design Senior Project Award, the Jack Malis Glass Award, the Kalnin Graphics Award, the Allen Koss Memorial Awards, the Ann and Jack Moskovitz Art Education Award, the Raphael Sabatini Memorial Award in Printmaking, the Herman Gundersheimer Award for Academic Excellence, the Herman Gundersheimer Award for Art History, the Carmela Corso Scholarship Prize, the Edith Weil Hecht Memorial Awards in Painting and Sculpture, the Lester and Violet Hecht Award in Printmaking, the Robert and Richard Hecht Awards, the Photography Faculty Awards, the Printmaking Faculty Award, the Bertha Lowenburg Prize for excellence in art, the Nathan Margolis Award in Ceramics, the Dorothy H. Ward Memorial Award, the Philadelphia Print Center Award, the Plastic Club Award, the Power Design Award, the Philadelphia Water Color Club Award, the Rio Grande Student Award, the Vivian Rosenberg Memorial Senior Project Award, the Sculpture Project Award, the Senior Painting Award, the Bruce Silver Outstanding Achievement Award, the Taws Artist Materials Award, the Rochelle Toner Award, the T.B. Habstoz Student Award, the Utrecht Supplies Award, and the Utrecht/Hallmark Award.
The Architecture Program offers the following awards: The Architecture Program Merit Award, the Bachelor of Architecture Award, the AIA Henry Adams Medal, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, the Alumni Thesis Prize, the Da Vinci Prize, and the Diener Brick Company Masonry Award.
Student Life information can be found at our Tyler Student Life web site - www.temple.edu/tylerstudentlife
Student Organizations and Appointed Positions
Student Government - Two elected Tyler representatives participate in the Temple Student Government. This organization provides an integral link between students on all campuses and assures an ongoing dialogue with the administration.
Student Run Gallery - "Produce" serves as a venue to promote both student works as well as professional exhibitors. Every year, exhibitions are chosen and curated by the student advisory board. A graduate student director manages the student advisory board and gallery budget. Students are encouraged to participate in the selection of exhibitions by becoming a part of the advisory board.
Student Program Board - Interested students organize, plan, and present 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 Life 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.
Additional information can be found at our Tyler Student Life web site - www.temple.edu/tylerstudentlife.
Tyler Exhibitions and Public Programs department encompasses exhibitions, lecturers, symposia, publications, performances and artists-in-residence, and is designed to encourage experimentation and dialogue in contemporary arts practice and interpretation. Exhibitions of undergraduate student work are held in the Tyler b galleries; exhibitions of work by artists with local, national and international reputations are held in the downtown Temple Gallery; MFA Thesis exhibitions are presented throughout the exhibition spaces. The programs offer students opportunities to meet and work with exhibiting artists as well as to participate in the gallery program working on research, administrative, and installation projects. The student-run-exhibition program, "Produce," organizes exhibitions, performances and lecturers both on-campus and at other locations.
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