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Tyler School of Art

7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

(215) 782-2828

Degree Programs:

Admission Requirements
Application Deadlines

--Ceramics and Glass
--Fibers and Fabric Design
--Course Descriptions

Graphic Arts and Design
--Visual Design
--Course Descriptions

Painting, Drawing & Sculpture
--Course Descriptions

Art History
--General Statement
--Application Deadline
--Admission Requirements
--Master of Arts
--Doctor of Philosophy
--Course Descriptions

Art Education
--General Statement
--Application Deadline
--Admission Requirements
--Degree Requirements
--Course Descriptions









Rochelle Toner, M.F.A.,

Dean Judith Thorpe, M.F.A., Associate Dean
(215) 782-2828 7725 Penrose Avenue Elkins Park, PA 19027


Tyler School of Art offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in the departments of Crafts; Graphic Arts and Design; and Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Art History
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Art Education


General Statement

The Master of Fine Arts program is intended for a student whose work has achieved strong definition and who seeks continued growth and education. Admission is highly selective and the admitted students have proven themselves to be motivated and talented and, as a group, contribute substantially to the strength of the School. Our nationally recognized faculty bring to the program a reputation for excellence in teaching with a wide range of attitudes and philosophic positions that is complemented by an extensive schedule of visiting artists and critics. The students can also draw from the cultural resources of Philadelphia and the nearby art centers of New York and Washington D.C. A system of mentorship encourages diversity and respect for individual artistic direction. The educational atmosphere is characterized by a vigorous exchange of ideas and artistic challenge within the support of a closely-knit community.

The M.F.A. program prepares graduates for careers as professional artists, craftspersons, designers and educators. Over Tyler's 60-year history, its graduates have produced a collected record of achievements, which is one of the prime reasons for the school's preeminent reputation among institutions of higher learning. No publication of American Craftsmen would be complete without mention of Tyler alumni working in metals, ceramics, glass or fibers. Those in the field of visual design may be found in the art studios of prestigious firms throughout the country. The work of Tyler's painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers is represented in major collections and by galleries worldwide.


Application Deadline

For application materials and deadline dates, contact:

Admissions Office, Tyler School of Art, 7725 Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park, Pa 19027, (215) 782-2875,


Normally, there is no full-time admission for the spring semester. A separate application must be completed to apply for study in Rome for those students accepted into the M.F.A.

We regret that the volume of applications received for the programs prevents the scheduling of individual interviews. We encourage applicants to correspond directly with the chair of their intended major to address specific questions regarding our graduate programs.

Areas of Concentration

Tyler's Master of Fine Arts majors are as follows:

  Ceramics and Glass
  Fibers and Fabric Design

Graphic Arts and Design
  Visual Design

Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture

The focus in one major area is augmented and balanced by specially designed graduate level art history courses and seminars and studio electives that assure interdisciplinary contact between students. The graduate student also has full access to the academic resources of Temple University with the opportunity to make connections in the departments of Film and Media Arts, Theater, Dance, and the Esther Boyer College of Music.

Financial Aid

The M.F.A. program offers teaching and technical assistantships in the graduate program, which provide full tuition remission and a stipend of approximately $4,750 per semester. Teaching assistants usually are responsible for one class per semester and for aiding regular faculty. Technical assistants work in the studios, in administrative offices, or in the galleries. These assistantships are assigned by the individual departments and are available for both first and second-year students without special application.

Qualified applicants may be nominated for University Fellowships.

Students accepted into the MFA program may also apply for a work-study award or financial aid in the form of a Perkins Loan. For further information on financial aid, please contact:

Financial Aid Officer,

Tyler School of Art
Temple University, 7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027,(215) 782-ARTS


International students are eligible for all assistance except work-study and National Direct Student Loans.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.F.A. program, all applicants must have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree program or its equivalent. The M.F.A. program requires a minimum of 40 credits in studio work and 12 credit hours in undergraduate art history. All applicants must have satisfied one of the following standards of scholarship for their undergraduate work:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 for all undergraduate work.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 (or B) within the art major.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 for all courses taken during the junior year.

In cases deemed exceptional by the department or program to which the student is applying, some admission requirements may be waived with the approval of Tyler's Graduate Committee.