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Graduate Bulletin

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


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1                                 [December 15 for international applicants]

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 slide portfolio in Metals/Jewelry are required. Additional work in CAD-CAM may be submitted on a CD. The slides and any submitted CD must be accompanied by a sturdy, self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the 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 or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet-based.  Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.  Those having taken the paper-based or computer-based test have the additional option of testing out of the English course by taking and passing the SPEAK test at Temple.


The portfolio should include 20 slides of original work specific to the Metals/Jewelry discipline.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Associate Dean, up to 9 credits for 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 Metals - 4 semesters

Graduate seminar in Metalsmithing - 4 semesters

Interdisciplinary Seminar - 1 semester

Graduate thesis research in Metals - 2 semesters

Graduate thesis exhibition - 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.


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:

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:


Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

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


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 go on to college teaching. 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-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.

Updated 12.9.05