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Graduate Bulletin

Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, M.F.A.

Center for the Arts / TYLER SCHOOL OF ART

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

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 portfolio specific to Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM 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: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.


As a Master of Fine Arts applicant, you must submit a portfolio that consists of 20 images representative of the immediate direction of your work. Portfolios are to be uploaded at https://temple.slideroom.com/, as instructed at the website. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. Original work, slides, CD-ROMs, catalogs, photographs, books, and/or binders are not acceptable substitutes for the SlideRoom portfolio and will not be reviewed or returned.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice Dean, up to 9 credits of 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 semester hours at Tyler. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Total Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree:  60, including 33-36 credits in Projects and Seminar Classes, 12 credits in Art History, and 12-15 credits in Studio Electives.

Projects and Seminar Classes (33-36 credits):

CRFT 8401:  Graduate Seminar, Metals (4 semesters)

CRFT 8483:  Graduate Projects, Metals (4 semesters)

CRFT 9484:  Graduate Thesis Exhibition Metals (1 semester)

CRFT 9495:  Graduate Thesis Research Metals (2 semesters)

TYLE 8001:  Graduate Professional Practices (1 semester)

Art History (12 credits):

Of the four required courses, two must be Art History Seminar classes chosen from a range of graduate offerings (5000 to 5800 or 8000 to 9980).

Studio Electives (12-15 credits):

Course descriptions can be viewed on the Class Schedule. Please note that taking any course under the 5000 level for graduate credit requires prior approval from the studio area head.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis Exhibition:

An approved thesis exhibition, written statement of working philosophy, and slide and/or CD portfolio are required at the final review in order to meet 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
2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Nicole Howard

Program Coordinator:

Stanley Lechtzin


Graduate Chairperson:

Nicholas Kripal



Nicholas Kripal


About the Program

The graduate program in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program targets four areas of endeavor: artistic development, preparation for college teaching, designing for industry, and developing entrepreneurial skills. Our nationally recognized faculty, who bring to the program a reputation for excellence in teaching with a wide range of attitudes and philosophic positions, are complemented by an extensive schedule of visiting artists and critics. Students can also draw from the cultural resources of Philadelphia and the nearby art centers of New York and Washington, DC.

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
2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The focus in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM 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:

The Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM area participates in faculty and student exchange programs with the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.


Not applicable.


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

Areas of Specialization:

Graduate students in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM area utilize traditional materials as well as the latest technologies and materials in the field. The faculty, all recognized professionals in the field, know that many graduate students expect to teach at the college level. Therefore, emphasis is placed on preparing graduates for a career in academia. This preparation includes introduction to CAD-CAM and other digital technologies such as webpage design and digital photography.

Job Placement:

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


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

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.

Updated 5.9.13