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Academic Policies & Regulations

The university policies and regulations generally apply to all undergraduate students and provide a framework within which schools and colleges may specify further conditions or variations appropriate to students in their courses or programs. Policies specific to Tyler School of Art are as follows: 


Academic Credit

A credit hour is a measure of the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. A credit hour is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates: (1) not less than one hour of classroom instruction or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester of credit or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities such as studio work. For example, a three-credit studio course allows for not less than nine hours of work which can include five hours of in-class studio and at least four hours of out-of-class student work.

Additional academic credit policies may be found in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin: www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_policies/policies_part1/policies_part1.shtm#acad_credit.


Courses Inapplicable to Graduation

Credits earned in Mathematics 0015 (formerly Math 0001) and lower-level courses in Military Science are not included in the minimum number of credits required for graduation. A maximum of 4 courses or up to 12 semester hours for upper-level Military Science (Army ROTC), Naval Science (Navy ROTC), or Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) courses will be applicable toward graduation credits. Courses transferred from other institutions or taken at Temple University that do not satisfy studio, art history, College or General Education requirements are elective and applicable toward degree completion as long as university and major requirements are met. Please see your advisor if you have questions regarding credits towards graduation.


Dean's List

Each fall and spring semester, those undergraduates who have met the credit hour and academic criteria for their school or college are placed on the Dean's List. See the Dean's List policy for specific GPA and credit-hour requirements.



Please refer to the University grievance policy, located in the Responsibilities & Rights section of this Bulletin: www.temple.edu/bulletin/Responsibilities_rights/rights/rights.shtm#grievance.

The Tyler-specific policy can be found on the Tyler web site: www.temple.edu/tyler/currentstudents/grievance.html.


Independent Study Policy

The following are the guidelines and standards for "Independent Study" Undergraduate credit in Studio, Art History and Art Education for students and faculty at Tyler School of Art:

There will be a maximum of 1 student in Independent Study per full-time faculty per fall and spring semester.

The intended area of study must supplement, not supplant, existing studio, art history and art education courses, and curriculum.

An Independent Study course shall count for 1-3 credits, with a maximum of 6 credits applicable toward the degree. You may not take more than two Independent Study courses in your career.

Independent Study courses shall carry upper level numbers. Students must be classified as Juniors or Seniors. Students should have prior experience with the faculty member teaching the Independent Study course.

A written proposal must be developed and agreed upon in advance of the beginning of the semester, describing the intended area of the investigation. At the end of the Independent Study, a paper must be submitted describing the outcome of the learning experience.

Only after the student receives written permission from the faculty member and the department chair may they register for the class.


Loss or Damage

Temple University is not responsible for loss of property of any student or other individual due to fire, theft, or other cause. The university may require residence hall students to present proof of insurance against loss by fire, theft, or other cause before assignment to any university housing.


Program Performance

Matriculated BA in Art History, BA in Art, BA in Visual Studies and BFA students (with the exception of those seeking Teaching Certification) in the Tyler School of Art must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0* or may be subject to academic action including academic warning, probation, and dismissal from the university. Higher minimum GPAs are required by the Bachelor of Architecture Program (2.5)**, the BFA with teaching certification (3.0), and the BS in Art Education program (3.0).

*Please contact the academic advisor for updates to this policy.

**Please contact the Architecture program office for updates to this policy.


Readmission Policy

All students who have attended Tyler School of Art of Temple University and wish to be considered for readmission (re-enrollment) to Tyler must fill out the request to re-enroll form available at Temple University's Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies web site: www.temple.edu/vpus/documents/request_to_reenroll.pdf.

For those students who have left Tyler in academic good standing and apply for re-enrollment into a semester within three years of the last completed semester, no portfolio review or interview is required. A portfolio uploaded to www.temple.slideroom.com is required for those BFA, BA in Art, BA in Visual Studies, or BS in Art Education students who have not attended Tyler for more than three years from the semester in which they intend to apply for re-enrollment.  SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. Please note: We are no longer accepting students for re-enrollment into the BA in Art. Students previously enrolled in that program may seek admission into the BA in Visual Studies. Students who seek re-enrollment will be considered for matriculation into the current catalog year.

Students who are dismissed from Tyler or who left on academic probation must review the academic standing policy located in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin: www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_policies/policies_part1/policies_part1.shtm#acad_stand.

A portfolio uploaded to www.temple.slideroom.com is also required of all BFA, BA in Art, BA in Visual Studies, or BS in Art Education students who were dismissed or who left Tyler on academic probation. It must include twenty (20) images of your studio work, ten (10) completed at Tyler, and ten (10) after leaving Tyler that demonstrate your studio progress.

Any student who attends another college or university and has taken studio art credits must submit a portfolio uploaded to www.temple.slideroom.com to represent completed studio coursework in order to have those credits considered for transfer credit into the Tyler BFA, BA in Art, BA in Visual Studies, or BS in Art Education programs or one of  the Architecture programs. Academic credits will be accepted into the Tyler degree programs as determined by Temple University policy for the semester in which the student is applying for readmission.

The final decision regarding readmission will depend both on the recommendation of the transfer committee as well as the review of academic credentials by the Assistant Dean. Please note well: Any student applying for readmission must be aware that Tyler may not accept studio credits that are more than 10 years old into any Tyler curriculum from transfer or readmission applicants regardless of where those credits were completed.


Student Art Work

The school reserves the right to keep art work submitted for course credit. In practice, this privilege is exercised sparingly but, in certain studio areas, the selection of one piece by each graduating student contributes to an important instructional collection. When the student art work is reproduced in Tyler publications, either in print form or electronic form, every effort will be made to give credit to the student artist.

Tyler School of Art records images of student work for use in Tyler publications and web sites. Tyler reserves the right to reproduce without notification such images of any artwork produced by students while attending Tyler for promotional or other purposes, including in print publications, institutional web sites, e-communications, multimedia presentations, and documents about Tyler or Temple University for admission recruitment, fundraising, or institutional informational purposes.

No compensation is provided to students for such uses of images of student work.

Students wishing to show their work outside of a studio, gallery, or classroom, must complete an Outdoor/Non-Studio/Non-Gallery Art Installation Control form available in the Tyler Assistant Dean's office. All forms must be filed seven (7) business days prior to the date of the proposed installation. Forms filed less than seven (7) days will risk being denied. The Assistant Dean's Office will issue approval or denial of requests within seven (7) days after submission. Please note that approvals are not automatic, and can be denied on the basis of non-compliance with University policies.

Students who place projects without approval, or who abandon or incompletely de-install projects, or who do not properly restore sites, buildings, or other university property will be subject to fine and, potentially, disciplinary action.

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