Undergraduate Bulletin for 1998-1999

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Tyler School of Art

founded 1935
Rochelle Toner, Dean

The Tyler School of Art provides a comprehensive curriculum in the visual arts on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professional programs are offered in Ceramics and Glass, Fibers and Fabric Design, Graphic Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Evening and summer classes are available.

In addition to the studio component, a full academic program is offered on the Tyler Campus, providing the University Core Curriculum requirements necessary to complete the BFA degree.

The Campus

The Campus is located on a 14-acre estate in suburban Elkins Park, offers a diverse and active schedule of events. In addition to excellent studio facilities, a large art library, and exhibition spaces, there is an extensive program of visiting lecturers and artists throughout the year. Films, demonstrations, gallery openings, and social events provide a stimulating environment outside the classroom where students may meet with professional artists to discuss their work. Tyler's small size and estate-like campus offer many opportunities for interaction with faculty members and other students.

Tyler is conveniently located near public transportation, allowing for easy access to Center City Philadelphia. Students are able to take advantage of the many activities a major metropolitan area has to offer. The Student Van Service provides safe, free travel within 2.5 miles of the campus. It runs five days a week from 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. It is a safe means of transportation from the campus to SEPTA rail and transit stations, or to the student's local residence.

To Reach Tyler

By public transportation. For SEPTA commuter trains that stop at 30th Street Station or Market East: Take the R1 Local to either Elkins Park or Melrose Park Station. Each is a short taxi ride to Tyler (just over one mile).
From Center City Philadelphia. Take the Broad Street subway north to Olney Avenue, transfer to the "C" bus marked "Ogontz" (headed north). Get off at the corner of 19th and Cheltenham and walk north on Penrose to Beech Avenue (five blocks).


Students are expected to park on the Tyler campus at all times while attending school. Although there is no daily charge for parking facilities, a yearly parking decal is required at a minimal cost.

Residence Halls

Beech Hall, located on the Tyler campus, is a three-story facility that houses 150 residents. It has shared double rooms and bathroom areas, a recreation and fitness center, a computer lab, a large screen television room, work studios and laundry facilities. The Residential Life Staff in the building, in conjunction with a student governing board, work to create a positive community living environment through social, cultural, and educational activities. Daily bus shuttle service is available to the Main Campus. Students who live in Beech Hall participate in a campus meal plan/declining balance program. Dining facilities are located in the lower level of Beech Hall.

Health Services

A well-equipped dispensary is maintained on campus, offering a variety of services and art hazards information. The office is staffed full-time with a registered nurse, and part-time with a physician and a counselor.

Dining Services

Students who do not reside in Beech Hall may purchase a meal plan for dining service within the residence facility on a semester basis. A student signed in as a guest of a resident may purchase meals on an individual basis.

Student Services/Activities
(215) 782-2883

Located on the second floor of the Admissions Building (1950 Beech Avenue), this office is responsible for most non-academic activities including: entertainment, assisting and developing student organizations, off-campus jobs and housing, disabled student services, and the production of student publications. Students can come to this office to deal with a myriad of problems. In addition, the Student Computer Center is open to all currently enrolled Tyler students, Monday through Friday during the school year. The computers are compatible with the University's computer rental program. If your skills are limited, monitors are on duty to assist you.

Student Organizations

Student Government -- Two elected representatives from Tyler take part in the larger Temple Student Government, attending meetings at Main Campus. This provides an integral link with students at all other campuses and assures an ongoing dialogue with the administration.
CATS (Craft Association of Tyler Students) -- Students and alumni work to produce semi-annual fairs for the exhibition and sale of their craft works.
ACF (Artist Christian Fellowship) -- Weekly Bible study meeting.
TLA (Tyler Life Association) Program Board -- Students generate and plan recreational and cultural enrichment programs in response to requests by the general student body. These include trips to important museums and galleries in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Beech Hall Dorm Senate -- Students discuss residence life rules and regulations, as well as the planning of recreational events.
Adult Student Support Group -- Older students discuss issues and topics specific to their life situations.

Career Development Services

Career Development Services provides students with up-to-date material on career planning, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments for career conversation and advisement. For more information, see the Career Development Services section under Campus Life and Student Services, their web page (http://www.temple.edu/careerdev/) or telephone the office on main campus at (215) 204-7981.

Extracurricular Events

The school and individual departments sponsor an active program of extracurricular events, on and off campus. A well-established visiting artist program, through which public lectures, exhibitions, and workshops, offers students the opportunity to meet with the artists and to discuss their work. Trips to important museums and galleries in New York and Washington, D.C. are scheduled regularly throughout the school year. Other student activities include films, opening receptions for exhibitions, and various social functions.



Throughout the year, local and national exhibitions, representative of vital movements in contemporary art, are scheduled in the galleries on the Tyler Campus and the Temple Gallery in Old City Philadelphia. The gallery openings give students an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists. A student-run gallery on campus provides a continual showcase of student work.

Web editor: Mary England 1/98

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