Graduate Bulletin

Graphic and Interactive Design, M.F.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline date.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members, art directors, and/or designers familiar with the applicant's academic and artistic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

40 undergraduate studio credits and 12 art history credits are required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree and a slide portfolio in Graphic Design work, appropriate to the discipline to which one is applying, are required. CDrom may be used in addition to, but not instead of, the slide portfolio.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your interest in Tyler's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and artistic achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


The portfolio should include 20 slides of original work specific to the Visual Design discipline. CDroms, diskettes, and website addresses are not accepted in lieu of the slide portfolio. Slides must be accompanied by a sturdy, self-addressed, stamped envelope or they will not be returned.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the Art Education Coordinator, the student's advisor, and the Associate Dean, up to 9 credits of post-graduate work completed at Temple University within a five-year deadline may be transferred into the program. Up to 6 credits of graduate coursework taken at other accredited institutions within the prior five years before matriculation may be considered for transfer into the program after the student has enrolled. No decisions are made until students have successfully completed 15 matriculated semester hours of the degree. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

Graduate projects in GAID - 3 semesters

Graduate seminar in GAID - 4 semesters

Graduate thesis in GAID - 4 semesters

Interdisciplinary Seminar - 1 semester

Studio electives - 4 semesters

Graduate Art History courses - 4 semesters

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis Exhibition with Slide Show:

An approved thesis exhibition, written statement, and slide portfolio are required at the final review in order to meet M.F.A. requirements. Approval of the student's graduate committee is required.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art

7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Department Contacts:


Carmina Cianciulli


Program Coordinator:


Graduate Chairperson:

Joseph Scorsone



Stephanie Knopp


About the Program

The graduate program in Graphic and Interactive Design is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree.  Authorship of large-scale design projects is central to the program.  M.F.A. students create the content of their work in seminar and thesis classes. The execution of work in the M.F.A. program is expected to meet the exacting visual and technical demands of the graphic design profession.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time status is required.

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art

7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Interdisciplinary Study:

The focus is augmented and balanced by specially designed graduate-level Art History courses and seminars, a required interdisciplinary seminar, and studio electives that ensure cross-disciplinary contact among students.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Areas of Specialization:

The design faculty at Tyler is made up of practicing graphic and interactive designers with established reputations in the field. It is the goal of the design faculty to challenge students to achieve the highest level of excellence in their work.

Job Placement:

Graduates from the M.F.A. program have been extremely successful in the field. They work for print and web design companies, advertising agencies, publishing companies, and design departments of major corporations.  They also work in film and television, music packaging and promotion, and product design and packaging, and as freelance illustrators.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

The M.F.A. courses are restricted to matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA) include assisting faculty members in the classroom or laboratory; preparing apparatus, software, or material for demonstration; conducting tutorials and discussion sections; teaching classes; and monitoring and maintaining studio and computer facilities. In addition, an Academic Intern (AI) may assist in the Tyler Publications Office.

Updated 12.18.07