Graduate Bulletin

Sculpture, 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 competence and abilities in the professional visual arts.

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 of sculptural work are required. A wide range of media/disciplines may be appropriate, including IE-traditional and mixed sculptural media, performance, installation, and time/sound-based media.

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 and philosophy of work; 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 Sculpture discipline; an annotated slide list that includes media, dimensions, and date of completion; and any details necessary to the understanding of the visual documentation, be it audio/video documentation and/or CD.


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 Sculpture - 4 semesters

Graduate Seminar in Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture - 2 semesters

Critical Dialogues - 2 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 of working philosophy, and slide portfolio are required at the final review in order to meet the M.F.A. requirements. The thesis exhibition should be the fruit of the two years' studio research and practice in which the student engaged.

The student defends her/his thesis exhibition to the review committee. The committee then evaluates the exhibition as pass with distinction, pass, or fail.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Department Contacts:


Carmina Cianciulli


Program Coordinators:

Winifred Lutz

Jude Tallichet

Graduate Chairperson:

Margo Margolis



Margo Margolis


About the Program

The graduate program in Sculpture is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program provides an intense and stimulating work environment for the extremely motivated student of Sculpture. It is intended to prepare the student for practice as a professional artist and can offer foundation experience for university teaching if the participant is so motivated.

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 in Sculpture is augmented and balanced by specially designed graduate-level art history courses and seminars, a required team-taught interdisciplinary seminar with students of Painting, studio electives that ensure cross-disciplinary contact among students, and access to specialized technical areas.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

Students can elect to spend a summer in Rome or with the Crafts Department program in Scotland.


Not applicable.


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

Areas of Specialization:

Courses provide a framework in which to develop individual creative practices and professional goals within a community of peers. The faculty to student ratio of three full-time sculpture professors to eight graduate students provides a supportive learning environment, while encouraging a spirit of friendly competition. All of the professors are actively exhibiting artists with differing aesthetics. All are committed teachers. We select our graduate students to represent a diversity of sculptural approaches. Faculty are able to mentor research in a range of areas in sculptural practice.

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 and teaching undergraduate classes.

December 2007