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

TYLER SCHOOL OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE

About the Program

The Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree. The program at Tyler is an innovator in the field, providing students access to the latest technology and thinking, extensive tools, and personal mentorship. These resources enable students to develop an excellent portfolio and be a well-prepared professional in the field. 

Tyler offers M.F.A. students access to state-of-the-art facilities; faculty leaders in the discipline; numerous visiting artists; support opportunities for research and travel to national conferences; the resources of a large public research university; and a welcoming and supportive community of artists, educators, and thinkers. Tyler M.F.A. students take advantage of faculty and alumni relationships in the art and craft world and the school’s location in Philadelphia, a vibrant art center with a strong craft tradition, to grow their creative practices and businesses.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Main

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

Interdisciplinary Study: M.F.A. students are encouraged to expand their studies into other disciplines and utilize the many areas of expertise within the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Through Art History classes, electives, and seminars, students are engaged in emerging topics in the field and the broader art world.

Study Abroad: Tyler M.F.A. students may pursue summer study abroad opportunities at Temple’s Japan Campus and Temple University Rome to expand their studies in a global context.

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

Areas of Specialization: Students explore a broad range of approaches to the field, including traditional metalsmithing skills, extensive and experimental use of digital fabrication technologies, large-scale electroforming, casting, and laser welding.  

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: In addition to federal student aid, teaching assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis to support Tyler M.F.A. students.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 6

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 with the application at https://apply.temple.edu/Tyler/, along with the statement of goals and resume.

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

Statement of Goals: Approximately 500 to 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:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

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 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 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
ART 8001Graduate Professional Practices3
ART 8401/8402Graduate Seminar, Metals (4 terms) 112
ART 8403/8404Graduate Projects, Metals (4 terms) 112
ART 9401Graduate Thesis Research: Metals (2 terms)6
ART 9484Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Metals3
Art History Courses 212
Studio Electives 312
Total Credit Hours60

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.

Courses

CRFT 8183. Graduate Projects, Ceramics. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in ceramics for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8184. Graduate Projects, Ceramics II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in ceramics for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8201. Graduate Seminar, Ceramics/Glass/Fibers. 3 Credit Hours.

Creative studies and discussions related to career concerns in these fields. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Fine Arts.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8202. Graduate Seminar, Ceramics/Glass/Fibers II. 3 Credit Hours.

Creative studies and discussions related to career concerns in these fields. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Fine Arts.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8283. Graduate Projects, Glass. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in glass for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8284. Graduate Projects, Glass II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in glass for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8383. Graduate Projects, Fibers. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in fibers for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8384. Graduate Projects, Fibers II. 3 to 6 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in fibers for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8401. Graduate Seminar, Metals. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

A study of the work of internationally recognized metalsmiths leads to discussions of the philosophical bases of contemporary metalwork. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8402. Metals Workshop. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the work of internationally recognized metalsmiths leads to discussions of the philosophical bases of contemporary metalwork.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CRFT 8403. Graduate Seminar, Metals II. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

A study of the work of internationally recognized metalsmiths leads to discussions of the philosophical bases of contemporary metalwork. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8483. Graduate Projects, Metals. 3 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in the areas of Metals, Jewelry and CAD/CAM for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 8484. Graduate Projects, Metals II. 3 Credit Hours.

Creative studies in the areas of Metals, Jewelry and CAD/CAM for the master's degree candidate. Note: This course can only be taken twice for credit.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9182. Graduate Independent Study. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Self-directed study and research developed in conjunction with, and supervised by, a senior faculty member in the major area of the student.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9184. Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Clay. 3 Credit Hours.

The culminating visual presentation of the candidates' creative research.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9284. Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Glass. 3 Credit Hours.

The culminating visual presentation of the candidates' creative research.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9295. Graduate Thesis Research: Ceramics and Glass. 3 Credit Hours.

Research projects in the areas of teaching or technology are developed in consultation with the candidates' professor and advisor.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Fine Arts.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9384. Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Fibers. 3 Credit Hours.

For graduate students in the Fibers area, working toward their M.F.A. degree. This course is required in the fourth semester of their residency. The work in this course is to culminate in the thesis exhibition.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Pre-requisites:
CRFT 9395| Required Courses:2|Minimum Grade of B|May not be taken concurrently.

CRFT 9395. Graduate Thesis Research: Fibers. 3 Credit Hours.

Research projects in the areas of teaching or technology are developed in consultation with the candidates' professor and advisor.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9484. Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Metals. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

The culminating visual presentation of the candidates' creative research.

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 Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

CRFT 9495. Graduate Thesis Research: Metals. 3 Credit Hours.

Research projects in the areas of teaching, history, or technology are developed in consultation with the candidates' professor and advisor.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Master of Fine Arts.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Art Architecture, Tyler School.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://tyler.temple.edu/programs/metals-jewelry-cad-cam

Department Information:

Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

tylerart@temple.edu

215-777-9090

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts:

Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Office

2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016

Submission Address for Portfolio:

https://temple.slideroom.com/

Submission Address for All Other Application Materials:

https://apply.temple.edu/Tyler/

Department Contacts:

M.F.A. Program Director:

Doug Bucci

Program Head

dbucci@temple.edu

215-777-9129

Art Department Chairperson:

Chad D. Curtis

chad.curtis@temple.edu

215-777-9201