Painting, M.F.A.

TYLER SCHOOL OF ART

About the Program

The graduate program in Painting is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program emphasizes Painting as an ongoing discipline that is rooted in a rich history. It derives its vitality from what painters share with artists of the past in conjunction with the contemporary world. We are committed to providing our students with an understanding of the broad cultural and historical context in which art is made and experienced.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Full-time status is required.

Interdisciplinary Study: The focus in Painting 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.

Study Abroad: The graduate student in Painting can elect to spend one of the two years in the program at Temple's campus in Rome, Italy. Since space is limited, faculty approval is required. Students can also elect to spend a summer in Rome or with the Crafts Department program in Scotland.

Ranking: The M.F.A. program in Painting is ranked among the top seven graduate programs in Painting in the 2008 Graduate Edition of U.S. News & World Report.

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

Areas of Specialization: We encourage independent artistic exploration and development in an atmosphere of free and open exchange between students and a professionally active faculty. Our aim is to produce artists who will be creatively active throughout their lives, enriching their communities in many different capacities.

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

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 and teaching undergraduate classes.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

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. The letters should be submitted via SlideRoom at https://temple.slideroom.com along with the statement of goals, resume, and portfolio.

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 Painting are required. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, whether or not a degree was awarded, must be sent to the Tyler School of Art, Graduate Admissions Office, 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016.

Statement of Goals: Approximately 500-1,000 words include your interest in Tyler's program, your research goals, your future career goals, and your academic and artistic achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
TOEFL: 79 iBT or 550 PBT minimum

Portfolio: 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.

Resume: Current resume required.

Transfer Credit: Upon approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Associate 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 credits at Tyler. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 60

Required Courses:

Project and Seminar Courses
Select 21 credits over 4 terms from the following:21
Graduate Drawing
Graduate Projects: Sculpture
Graduate Projects: Painting and Sculpture
Graduate Projects: Painting
PDS 8502/8503Graduate Seminar (4 terms) 112
TYLE 8001Graduate Professional Practices (1 term)3
Art History Courses 212
Studio Electives 312
Total Credit Hours60
1

Courses are sequenced to be taken in the Fall and Spring terms. The sequence is repeated a second year for a total of four courses taken over four terms.

2

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).

3

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. 

Culminating Events:
Thesis Exhibition with Slide Show:
An approved thesis exhibition, written statement, and slide and/or CD portfolio are required at the final review in order to meet the M.F.A. requirements.  Approval of the student's graduate committee is required.

Courses

PDS 8011. Graduate Drawing. 3 Credit Hours.

Exploration of individualized approaches to materials and ideas as they pertain to contemporary issues in drawing. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8012. Graduate Drawing II. 3 Credit Hours.

Exploration of individualized approaches to materials and ideas as they pertain to contemporary issues in drawing. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8183. Graduate Projects: Sculpture. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

This class gives the graduate student a chance to formally meet with their peers in a group critique situation to discuss their own work or that of their classmates. Individual meetings with the instructor are another component. The class also makes visits to emerging artists' studios in New York and Philadelphia. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8184. Graduate Projects: Sculpture II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

This class gives the graduate student a chance to formally meet with their peers in a group critique situation to discuss their own work or that of their classmates. Individual meetings with the instructor are another component. The class also makes visits to emerging artists' studios in New York and Philadelphia. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8283. Graduate Projects: Painting. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies for the master's degree candidate whose progress is reviewed in individual and group critiques.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8383. Graduate Projects: Painting and Sculpture. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies for the master's degree candidate whose progress is reviewed in individual and group critiques. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8384. Graduate Projects: Painting and Sculpture II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies for the master's degree candidate whose progress is reviewed in individual and group critiques. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8483. Graduate Projects: Painting. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies for the master's degree candidate whose progress is reviewed in individual and group critiques.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8501. Theories Visual Represnt. 3 Credit Hours.

Various readings in contemporary art issues or art theory are studied and discussed. Students are encouraged to bring up topics of personal interest.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8502. Graduate Seminar. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Various readings in contemporary art issues or art theory are studied and discussed. Students are encouraged to bring up topics of personal interest. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8503. Graduate Seminar: Sculpture. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

This class gives the graduate student a chance to formally meet with their peers in a group critique situation to discuss their own work or that of their classmates. Individual meetings with the instructor are another component. The class also makes visits to emerging artists' studios in New York and Philadelphia. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8504. Graduate Seminar: Painting. 3 Credit Hours.

Creative studies for the master's degree candidate whose progress is reviewed in individual and group critiques. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8512. Graduate Seminar II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Various readings in contemporary art issues or art theory are studied and discussed. Students are encouraged to bring up topics of personal interest. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8513. Graduate Sculpture Seminar II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

This class gives the graduate student a chance to formally meet with their peers in a group critique situation to discuss their own work or that of their classmates. Individual meetings with the instructor are another component. The class also makes visits to emerging artists' studios in New York and Philadelphia. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

PDS 8514. Graduate Painting Seminar II. 3 Credit Hours.

Creative studies for the master's degree candidate whose progress is reviewed in individual and group critiques. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Painting, Sculpture
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art, Tyler School

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

Contacts

Program Web Address:

http://tyler.temple.edu/programs/painting-drawing

Department Information:

Tyler School of Art

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

tylerart@temple.edu

215-777-9090

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://temple.slideroom.com/

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts:

Tyler School of Art

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

Department Contacts:

M.F.A. Program Director:

Mark Shetabi

mshetabi@temple.edu

215-777-9176

Department Chairperson - Painting, Drawing and Sculpture:

Susan Moore

susan.moore@temple.edu

215-777-9176