Research Opportunities

Tyler graduate students have access to the abundant resources of a large, tier-one public research university and accomplished faculty who model a culture of inquiry through their own research and professional practice. 

Graduate students can participate in research opportunities in areas as diverse as sculpture, art history, architecture, environmental design, city/regional planning and community development, and visual studies.

Faculty research spans diverse categories, including climate change, cultural landscapes, ecological recovery, seed germination, social equity in urban design, urban ecology and health, virtual and augmented reality, and visual representation. Learn more about faculty at Tyler

Tyler and Temple University are closely tied to the city of Philadelphia, providing opportunities for graduate students to participate in hands-on, collaborative opportunities in the city. The richness of arts practice, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and allied professional fields across the Philadelphia region offers limitless possibilities for experiential learning. Learn more about research opportunities for Tyler students.  

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple University among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.


Tyler’s 255,000-square-foot facilities are home to expansive studios, light-filled exhibition spaces, smart classrooms, digital fabrication labs, state-of-the-art equipment, a media output center and more supporting studio practices in ceramics, fibers and material studies, glass, graphic and interactive design, metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture.  

In addition, the Art Department has a newly remodeled, dedicated suite of faculty offices and common workspace where graduate students can easily collaborate with each other and meet with professors. 

Art History Resources

  • The Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio in Snøhetta-designed Charles Library offers opportunities for research in the digital humanities with high-end computing and visualization resources, a virtual reality studio, collaboration spaces, and 3-D printing and media-capture capabilities. 
  • Temple Contemporary, Tyler’s innovative exhibitions and public programs space, offers opportunities to learn curatorial practice. 
  • State-of-the-art digital resources include 8,000 digital images and access to millions more via Tyler’s Artstor Digital Library membership.