Graduate Bulletin

Printmaking, 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, gallery directors, and/or curators 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 documented portfolio in Printmaking, appropriate to the discipline to which one is applying, are required.

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 Printmaking discipline.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Associate Dean, up to 9 credits of post-graduate work may be transferred into the M.F.A. program as art history or studio electives. Only credits received within five years of the transfer request are eligible. No decisions are made concerning transfer credits until students have successfully completed 15 matriculated s.h. at Tyler. 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 Printmaking - 4 semesters

Graduate Seminar in Printmaking - 3 semesters

Graduate Printmaking Studios - 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 the M.F.A. requirements.

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:

Daniel Dallmann


Graduate Chairperson:

Stephanie Knopp



Stephanie Knopp


About the Program

The graduate program in Printmaking is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program provides a challenging, professionally directed curriculum with classes that offer a broad range of methods, approaches, and practical applications in the field of Printmaking. Students are encouraged to develop a personal vision and direction in their work. M.F.A. candidates have 24-hour access to a separate, fully equipped print studio.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art

7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Interdisciplinary Study:

The focus in Printmaking 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:

Students can elect to spend one of the two years of the program at Temple's campus in Rome, Italy. As space is limited, faculty approval is required.


Not applicable.


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

Areas of Specialization:

The Printmaking area encompasses facilities for silkscreen, lithography, and etching. M.F.A. candidates work with faculty who are actively exhibiting professional artists. The faculty encourage the exploration of advanced printmaking techniques that include color and photo-etching, metal engraving, mezzotint, photo-lithography, viscosity color printing, woodcut, and full utilization of the computer as an image-creating tool.

Job Placement:

The M.F.A. program prepares graduates for careers as professional artists and educators.


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) or Academic Intern (AI) include assisting faculty members in preparing apparatus or materials for demonstrations, as well as maintenance and/or monitoring of studio and exhibition areas and equipment.

December 2007