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Tyler School of Art

Founded 1935

Robert Stroker, Vice Provost for the Arts and Dean for the Center for the Arts

2001 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122



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Goals and Objectives

The Tyler School of Art provides a comprehensive curriculum in fine arts, crafts, design, art education, art history, and architecture. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) professional programs are offered in Ceramics/Glass, Fibers and Material Studies, Graphic and Interactive Design, Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and B.F.A. Studio with an Art Education Concentration. The Tyler School of Art also offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art (no longer accepting students for the Main campus program but still available on the Japan campus), the B.A. in Art History, the B.A. in Visual Studies, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Art Education, the B.S. in Architecture, the B.S. in Facilities Management and the B.S. in Architectural Preservation.

Summer classes, pre-college programs and weekend workshops are available. For information on graduate programs, please go to the Tyler web site at tyler.temple.edu or to www.temple.edu/grad.


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 (changed in 2013 to Art Education and Community Arts Practices) and the Art History department on Temple's Main Campus. Today, the curriculum at Tyler continues to address contemporary needs by incorporating digital technology, video, installation, performance, community arts, and the newest degree program, the B.A. in Visual Studies, inaugurated in fall 2011.

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, the new Tyler Architecture Building (opened 2012) and the departments of Film and Media Arts and Theater to form a "mini arts campus" within Temple's main campus.  In June 2012, the Temple University Board of Trustees voted to create the Temple University Center for the Arts, uniting the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Tyler School of Art, and the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts under one administrative umbrella.  For more information on the Arts at Temple, go to http://arts.temple.edu.

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. Today, Tyler is a dynamic organization, serving students at Temple's Main Campus and the Temple University Rome and Tokyo campuses. For over 70 years, the foundation of Tyler's program has been a faculty of practicing artists and scholars teaching highly-talented and motivated students.

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Tyler School of Art, Temple University 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. The Facilities Management program is in the process of applying for accreditation by IFMA, the International Facility Management Association.

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."

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Admissions Information


Tyler Admissions Office

Suite 100

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122





Nicole Hall, Director

Grace Ahn, Senior Admissions Counselor

Lindsey Stevenson, Senior Admissions Counselor

Katie Ames, Administrative Assistant


General Information for freshman and transfer applicants to all programs (BA, BS, BFA)

Applicants to any Tyler program must meet the deadlines established by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.  Please refer to tyler.temple.edu/admission-process 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.


General Information for Intra-University Transfer students

Temple students who wish to transfer into a Tyler program or Tyler students who wish to transfer into a different Tyler program should contact the Tyler Admissions Office for policies and procedures. 


Art, Art Education and Visual Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies 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: tyler.temple.edu. Appointments for freshman portfolio reviews can be made by calling 215-777-9090.

Transfer Students to the B.A. in Visual Studies and the B.S. in Art Education Programs

Transfer applicants or freshmen with Advanced Placement or College-Level Studio Courses

All transfer applicants must complete the Temple online application and send their transcripts, etc., to the Temple University Undergraduate Admissions Office. All students are required to submit a portfolio of work for admission and evaluation.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

The B.A. in Art program on the Main campus of Temple University is no longer admitting new students. Those interested in a B.A. in Art may investigate the B.A. in Art offered through the Temple University Japan campus or consider the B.A. in Visual Studies offered through Tyler on the Main campus of Temple University. Students who were previously enrolled in the B.A. in Art who wish to re-matriculate should review the re-enrollment policy under the Academic Policies section.

Transfer Portfolio Format

The portfolio should be uploaded to 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. Applicants to the BA in Visual Studies and the BS in Art Education are required to submit the writing exercise as outlined in the portfolio requirements for these programs. 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: tyler.temple.edu/admission-process.

Please note that the Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices will only accept up to 24 credits of studio toward either the B.A. in Art or the B.S. in Art Education degree.

Tyler accepts transfer students from institutions of higher education, depending on accreditation. 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.A. or B.S. degree, studio credits must have been completed within the last 10 years, regardless of where those credits were completed.


B.S. in Architecture, B.S. in Architectural Preservation, B.S. in Facilities Management

The three Architecture department 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. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the one of the three degrees offered by the Architecture department. 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 tyler.temple.edu/admission-process.

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 (Pre-Professional Program), or the B.S. in Facilities Management or the B.S. in Architectural Preservation during the fourth studio semester. Requirements for entrance into these programs are outlined on the Architecture web site at tyler.temple.edu/programs/architecture.

The professional degree in architecture offered by Tyler is the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree.  Students completing the pre-professional B.S. in Architecture will have the option to apply to the two-year M.Arch Professional Program in their senior year.  Students from other Bachelor’s programs can apply to the three-year Design Intensive Program.

All students admitted to the Architecture Department are guaranteed to graduate from one of the three undergraduate degree programs (the B.S. in Architecture, the B.S. in Facilities Management, or the B.S. in Architectural Preservation) 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 tyler.temple.edu/programs/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 temple.slideroom.com.  SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. 

Architecture Portfolio Format

Admission to the architecture program is 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. Portfolios must be uploaded at temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service.

For complete portfolio format information for freshman and transfer applicants please go to tyler.temple.edu/admission-process.

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 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 admissions.temple.edu. 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 temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service.

Students without college-level architecture studio coursework may apply for the fall semester only.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Entering undergraduates are admitted to Tyler by the Director of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University after consultation with Tyler's Director of 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.

Portfolio Review

Freshman 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 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 admissions web site 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 215-777-9090.

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 Tyler 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 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., B.A. in Visual Studies, B.S. in Art Education or B.S. in Architecture 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.



Readmission Policy (Re-Enrollment)

See Tyler's Academic Policies and Regulations section.

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student Financial Services

Conwell Hall, Ground Floor

1801 N. Broad Street



Financial Aid

Please see the Student Financial Aid section of the Bulletin. Detailed information can also be found on the Student Financial Services web site at sfs.temple.edu. 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 posted on the Tyler web site at tyler.temple.edu/scholarships-grants.

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 on the Tyler Student Life web site: tyler.temple.edu/scholarships-grants.

In addition to portfolio-based scholarships, a number of scholarships for entering students based on academic achievement are awarded through Temple University to Tyler School of Art. For more information about these awards, please contact the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions or go to sfs.temple.edu.

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Study Away Programs

Education Abroad & Overseas Campuses

200 Tuttleman Learning Center

1809 N. 13th Street




Study Abroad


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, 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 Education Abroad. Depending on their major, students may elect to take a summer program, or spend a semester or full academic year in Rome.

Temple Abroad in Rome enrolls approximately 140 to 180 students per semester with programs focusing on architecture, international business, and liberal arts, with topics and courses varying somewhat depending on the resident faculty. Liberal arts majors account for one third of the total enrollment and have a diversity of interests: anthropology, art history, classics, English, history, Italian, music philosophy and sociology.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor the summer before sophomore year to determine the best time to study in Rome.

For more information visit the Education Abroad web site at www.temple.edu/studyabroad.


In conjunction with the Glasgow School of Art, the Crafts Department of the Tyler School of Art offers an interdisciplinary summer 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.


Students in the Architecture Department programs can apply to study at Temple University Japan for a semester of study abroad.  The spring semester offerings include an urbanism elective course for all students and a design studio for B.S. Architecture students. Students in the B.S. Facilities Management program can take business and other course requirements in Japan.

The Japan campus frequently offers summer studio-intensive workshops.  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).

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor the summer before sophomore year to determine which semester and coursework would be most appropriate for their major.  B.F.A. students who plan to attend Japan should ensure that all sophomore pre-requisites for their major are met in the fall semester of their sophomore year. 

For more information visit the Education Abroad web site at www.temple.edu/studyabroad.


Special Programs in the US

Yale Norfolk

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.


One scholarship is 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.

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Career Center

Temple University Career Center

220 Mitten Hall, 1913 N. Broad Street



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.

The Tyler Student Life Blog posts networking and career events and advertises career events and employment and internship opportunities through the weekly e-newsletter, the WHAT (Week Here At Tyler). Review the WHAT archives on the Tyler web site: tyler.temple.edu

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Honor Societies/Awards

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/Art Education 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.

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Student Life

Kari Scott, Tyler Student Life Coordinator

Tyler Building 110F (in the Temple Contemporary Suite)



Student Life information can be found at our Tyler Student Life web site: http://tyler.temple.edu/student-life

Student Life Office

The Tyler Student Life Coordinator acts as an ombudsperson for students and facilitates a number of events and activities at Tyler.  These include career networking events, graduation and convocation, student organizations and student government, and extracurricular activities. The Student Life Coordinator also mentors the Tyler Living Learning Community and serves as an advisor to the Dean's Student Advisory Committee. The Coordinator also facilitates the annual BFA lottery for exhibition slots in the Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries and lower atrium lounge.

Student Health

Temple University's Student Health Services provides the eligible student community with affordable, accessible and high quality primary health care.  They are located on the fourth floor of the 1800 Liacouras Walk building on Main campus. Information: www.temple.edu/studenthealth/About_SHS.html

Tuttleman Counseling Services offers students support for emotional, educational or vocational concerns.  Assistance is confidential and free of charge: www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/counseling/

The Wellness Resource Center (HEART) provides comprehensive wellness education, resources and prevention services that empower and support Temple University Students in making informed, healthier choices in order to achieve emotional and academic success. www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/heart/


Student Resources


This Tyler web site hosts a number of resources and information invaluable to students, including the WHAT (Week Here At Tyler) newsletter, on-campus and off-campus lectures, events and activities, and information about Philadelphia.  Links to Art Supply sources, Tyler's Digital Services, forms for installations, and even pages for academic advising information are all found on the Tyler Student Resources site. 

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.

Dean's Student Advisory Committee - Students who seek leadership opportunities may join the Dean's Student Advisory Committee.  Recent DSAC projects include the Philadelphia Art School Mixer reception for the Annual Student Exhibition, the creation of the TEST group (Tyler Exhibition Support Team) and "The Puppet Project", a community service event.  For more information, contact Assistant Dean Carmina Cianciulli at carmina@temple.edu.

Additional information on Student Life organizations and events can be found at our Tyler Student Life web site: http://tyler.temple.edu/student-life.


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.  Visiting artist lectures are posted on the Tyler web site, on the plasma screens throughout the Tyler building, and in the WHAT (Week Here At Tyler) e-newsletter.

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Temple Contemporary - Exhibitions and Public Programs

Robert Blackson, Director

Sarah Biemiller, Assistant Director

Adam Blumberg, Preparator

Tyler Building, Suite 110




Temple Contemporary provides a visual context to inform and inspire public discussion of contemporary social concern.  These discussions are collaboratively developed to address issues of local purpose and international significance.

Public programs are the primary initiative of Temple Contemporary, with exhibitions as one component of this greater need.  Temple Contemporary provides approximately two live events per week from September to February, which could include screenings, workshops, gallery tours, classes, student presentations, how-to-sessions, rallies, debates, symposiums, concerts, etc. The initiation and consideration of these live events result from the recommendations of members from the Department's advisory councils which represent a cross section of Temple University and cultural leaders of Philadelphia.

Through consistent collaborations with faculty members and departmental curricula, the programming of the Exhibitions and Public Programs will also provide a visual and dialogical resource to aid in the teaching of numerous disciplines.

Exhibitions of undergraduate student work are held in the Stella Elkins Tyler galleries and in the Tyler upper and lower atriums and Green hallway as well as in the Architecture building. Installations of student work may also be found throughout the campus.  The student-run-exhibition program, "Produce," organizes exhibitions, performances and lectures both on-campus and at other locations. MFA exhibitions are held in the Temple Contemporary gallery space from March through May.

Funding for Temple Contemporary comes from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Fels Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Temple University.

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