Tyler School of Art
The Tyler School of Art provides a comprehensive curriculum in art, art education, and art history.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) professional programs are offered in:
- Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Glass with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Fibers and Materials Studies
- Fibers and Material Studies with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Graphic and Interactive Design
- Graphic and Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Painting with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Photography with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Printmaking with Entrepreneurial Studies
- Sculpture with Entrepreneurial Studies
- B.F.A. Studio with an Art Education Concentration
The Tyler School of Art also offers:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art (Japan campus only)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art Therapy
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Visual Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Art Education
- Certificate in Arts in Community
- Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship
Please see Tyler School of Art, Division of Architecture and Environmental Design for additional degree programs offered in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, and Community Development.
Stella Elkins Tyler donated her estate to Temple University in the early 1930s. With an interest in progressive education and a deep appreciation of her mentor, the sculptor Boris Blai, Mrs. Tyler offered her estate with the expressed wish that, through Boris Blai, it would become an environment for the advancement of the fine arts, scholarly study in the arts, and individual creativity.
As founding Dean of Tyler School of Art, Blai instilled within the School a commitment to progressive education, emphasizing the student's mastery of technique within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum. Dean Blai insisted upon individual attention to each student's needs as the basis of successful teaching. During his 25-year tenure Dean Blai shaped the school into one of the finest visual arts centers in the country, and his founding ideals still remain paramount to Tyler's educational philosophy.
In 1960 Dean Charles Le Clair succeeded Boris Blai. During this period the Tyler Campus was improved with construction of a residence hall and two studio/classroom buildings. In 1966 Dean Le Clair founded the Tyler Study Abroad program in Rome, Italy. Tyler's Rome Campus thrives today as one of the most respected fine arts study abroad programs in Europe. The program has expanded to include a full range of liberal arts, architecture, business, and law courses, with an emphasis on topics relating to Rome, Italy, and the European Common Market.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Tyler's curriculum continued to grow in response to new definitions of art-making and the role of art in society. New programs and modern facilities in design, ceramics, glass, metals, and photography were added. During this time, Tyler developed the Art and Art Education department (changed in 2013 to Art Education and Community Arts Practices) and the Art History department on Temple's Main Campus. Today, the curriculum at Tyler continues to address contemporary needs by incorporating digital technology, video, installation, performance, community arts, and the newest degree program, the B.A. in Visual Studies, inaugurated in fall 2011.
In January 2009, we opened our doors to the new Tyler facility on Main Campus. Award-winning architect Carlos Jimenez, designer of some of the country's premier art education facilities and exhibition spaces, designed Temple's new Tyler School of Art building. The new Tyler building is located adjacent to the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, the new Tyler Architecture Building (opened 2012) and the departments of Film and Media Arts and Theater to form a "mini arts campus" within Temple's Main Campus. In June 2012, the Temple University Board of Trustees voted to create the Temple University Center for the Arts, uniting the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Tyler School of Art, and the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts under one administrative umbrella. In October 2015, the Board of Trustees voted to move the Tyler School of Art out of the Center for the Arts, thus allowing the school to become independent.
In December 2015, the Temple University Board of Trustees moved the departments of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and Planning and Community Development along with the Center for Sustainable Communities (see Special Programs and Facilities below) to the Tyler School of Art. In 2016, the Board approved the creation of the division of Architecture and Environmental Design as a part of Tyler.
Easy access to the wealth of academic courses in Temple's other schools and colleges, athletics, residence halls, student parking, student organizations, and the active campus life of Temple University adds cosmopolitan breadth to Tyler's studio and academic programs.
From its modest enrollment of 12 students in the first freshman class in 1935, Tyler now boasts a student body of over 1,500. Today, Tyler is a dynamic organization, serving students at Temple's Main Campus and the Temple University Rome and Tokyo campuses. For over 80 years, the foundation of Tyler's program has been a faculty of practicing artists and scholars teaching highly-talented and motivated students.
The Tyler School of Art educates, motivates and inspires individuals who will enter society as artists, architects, art historians, designers and educators with the highest aspirations for achievement, producing innovative work that is publicly presented and critically considered. Founded upon the ideals of progressive education emphasizing exposure to a variety of experiences before selecting a major, attention to each student's mastery of technique, and the shaping of a personal artistic vision within the framework of a research university, the objective of the Tyler School of Art is to create an engaging and critical environment that:
- Promotes cutting edge curriculum initiatives through a broad spectrum of philosophical and aesthetic approaches
- Through its relationship with Temple University, provides access to students who otherwise would not consider art and design as a career path
- Fosters interdisciplinary insights and collaborations promoting artistic and intellectual freedom, creativity and experimentation in a diverse and heterogeneous environment
- Demonstrates to students, through the faculty's own practice and scholarship, that the study of art and design is process-oriented and research-based
- Interacts with a broad spectrum of local, national and international artists, scholars and communities in the exploration of art and its role in society
- Builds upon our outreach to the Temple University community, to the local neighborhoods and to cultural organizations.
Tyler School of Art, Temple University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Please see Tyler School of Art, Division of Architecture and Environmental Design for information regarding accreditation for programs within the Division.
Tamryn McDermott, Director of Admissions
Grace Ahn Klensin, Assistant Director
Katie Reed, Admissions Counselor
Laura Godshalk, Admissions Counselor
Dan Levine, Administrative Assistant
General Information for Intra-University Transfer Students
Temple students who wish to transfer into a Tyler program or Tyler students who wish to transfer into a different Tyler program should contact the Tyler Admissions Office for policies and procedures.
Bachelor of Arts in Art, Art Therapy and Visual Studies; Bachelor of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts with Entrepreneurial Studies; Bachelor of Science in Art Education
Entering undergraduates are admitted to Tyler by the Director of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University after consultation with Tyler's Director of Admissions following the review of the student's academic record and art portfolio. This procedure requires the applicant to file all records and test scores in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of Temple University. See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
Please refer to the university deadlines on the Undergraduate Application or go to the Temple web site for deadline information. After the priority deadline dates, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
There is a specific format for the portfolio required; please review the information at the Tyler web site: tyler.temple.edu/admission-process. Appointments for freshman portfolio reviews can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 215-777-9090.
In addition to satisfying academic requirements, all B.A. in Art Therapy, B.A. in Visual Studies, B.F.A., and B.S.ED. in Art Education freshman applicants are required to present a portfolio of ten to twenty pieces of original artwork for evaluation. Regularly-scheduled portfolio reviews are held on campus. Applicants living at a considerable distance from Tyler may elect to upload a portfolio at temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. Those who live in or near the Philadelphia area are expected to present a portfolio of original work during a portfolio review day. This is an occasion when applicants and their families may see the campus and discuss Tyler's educational program with faculty, staff, and students. Tyler also participates in a number of National Portfolio Day (NPDA) events where students can meet with staff or faculty for a portfolio critique. For a complete list of NPDA events in which Tyler will participate, please contact the Tyler Admissions Office. While the application to Tyler is being processed by Temple University, an interview by a member of the Tyler faculty or by the Admissions Staff must be arranged. All work included in the portfolio should represent creative work showing a range of media. Portfolios must include examples of drawing, including work from observation, regardless of the major the applicant wishes to pursue. Original work, CDs, DVDs, binders, etc., must not be sent through the mail. These are unacceptable and will not be reviewed or returned. The freshman applicant is advised to submit work done independently as well as under instruction.
To make a portfolio review appointment, please contact the Tyler Admissions Office at email@example.com or call 215-777-9090.
Those interested in a B.A. in Art may investigate the B.A. in Art offered through the Temple University Japan campus or consider the B.A. in Visual Studies offered through Tyler on the Main Campus of Temple University. Students who were previously enrolled in the B.A. in Art who wish to re-matriculate should review the re-enrollment policy listed on the Policies tab.
Transfer Students to the B.A. in Visual Studies, B.A. in Art Therapy, B.F.A. and the B.S.ED. in Art Education Programs
Transfer applicants or freshmen with Advanced Placement or College-Level Studio Courses:
All transfer applicants must complete the Temple online application and send their transcripts, etc., to the Temple University Undergraduate Admissions Office. All students are required to submit a portfolio of work for admission and evaluation.
Please note that the Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices will only accept up to 24 credits of studio toward either the B.A. in Art Therapy or the B.S.ED. in Art Education degree.
Tyler accepts transfer students from accredited institutions of higher education. The transfer student will be required to complete a minimum of 30 studio credits as a student at the Tyler School of Art. In order to be considered for transfer credit to the B.A., B.F.A. or B.S.ED. degree, studio credits must have been completed within the last 10 years, regardless of where those credits were completed.
Transfer Portfolio Format
The portfolio should be uploaded to temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. Transfers are reviewed by a committee, so they are not eligible for in-person reviews. You are required to submit images that represent each studio art course completed. The portfolio must also include examples of drawing from observation, regardless of the major the applicant wishes to pursue. Descriptions of each image should be included, indicating size, medium, title, the course in which the work was completed, and date completed. For more information, refer to the Tyler web site: tyler.temple.edu/admission-process.
Readmission Policy (Re-Enrollment)
Please refer to Leave of Absence/Re-Enrollment information listed in Tyler's Academic Policies section of this Bulletin for further information.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Student Financial Services
Carnell Hall, Ground Floor
1803 N. Broad Street
Please see the Student Financial Aid section of the Bulletin. Detailed information can also be found on the Student Financial Services web site. Applications for financial aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are available through the Student Financial Services office, 215-204-2244.
Tyler offers merit-based and merit/financial need-based scholarships for incoming students dependent upon available funding. A limited number of portfolio scholarships, ranging from $1000 to $10,000, are awarded to undergraduate students entering in the fall semester. Some of these scholarships may continue dependent upon available funds, cumulative grade point average, and/or demonstrated financial need. All scholarships and guidelines for consideration are posted on the Tyler web site at tyler.temple.edu/financial-aid-scholarships.
Students who wish to compete for portfolio scholarships must follow the deadlines and application procedures indicated on the Tyler Admissions web site.
In addition to portfolio-based scholarships, a number of scholarships for entering students based on academic achievement are awarded through Temple University to Tyler School of Art. For more information about these awards, please contact the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions or go to sfs.temple.edu.
Matriculated students also have the opportunity to compete for Tyler-specific scholarships. Information about merit scholarships for continuing students is posted annually on the Tyler web site at tyler.temple.edu/scholarships-grants.
Study Away Programs
Education Abroad & Overseas Campuses
200 Tuttleman Learning Center
1809 N. 13th Street
Many Tyler students take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. To determine the best time to go and to make sure that studying away from Main Campus will not impede time to graduation, students need to meet with an academic advisor, and are strongly advised to do so prior to their sophomore year. B.F.A. students who plan to study abroad or away should ensure that all sophomore prerequisites for their major are met in the fall semester of their sophomore year.
Housed in the Villa Caproni, facing the Tiber River just north of the Piazza del Popolo, the school offers courses in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and art history. Facilities include a library, an art gallery, private work areas, a computer lab and full equipment in studio disciplines. Art history is taught through direct observation of original works and historic sites. The student also may elect to take courses in the liberal arts including Italian and limited GenEd options. For more information about Study Abroad options, see Education Abroad. Depending on their major, students may elect to enroll in a summer program, spend a semester, or full academic year in Rome.
Temple Japan offers a B.A. in Art degree (digital media concentration) exclusively taught in Tokyo. B.A. in Visual Studies, B.S.ED. in Art Education, or B.F.A. students seeking to study in Japan should consult their Tyler academic advisor to select appropriate coursework.
Special Programs in the US
Special summer residency and program opportunities in the US are advertised in the weekly Tyler e-newsletter, The WHAT (Week Here at Tyler), as well as posted in the studio areas in the Tyler building. Some programs are supported with full or partial scholarships from Tyler.
Temple University Career Center
220 Mitten Hall, 1913 N. Broad Street
The Career Center provides students and alumni with up-to-date material on career planning, résumé preparation, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments for career conversation and advisement. For more information, see the Career Center section of the Bulletin, or go to their web site at www.temple.edu/provost/careercenter or telephone the office at 215-204-7981.
The Tyler Student Life Blog posts networking and career events and advertises career events and employment and internship opportunities through the weekly e-newsletter, The WHAT (Week Here At Tyler). Review The WHAT archives on the Tyler web site: tyler.temple.edu.
Résumé development and internship search support is also available through appointment with Kari Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kari Scott, Assistant Director, Tyler Student Life
Tyler Building 210N
Student Life information can be found at our Tyler Student Life web site.
Student Life Office
The Assistant Director for Student Life acts as an ombudsperson for students and facilitates a number of events and activities for Tyler students. These include career networking events, graduation and convocation, student organizations and student government, and extracurricular activities. The Assistant Director for Student Life mentors the Tyler Living Learning Community and serves as an advisor to the Dean's Student Advisory Committee. The Assistant Director for Student Life also facilitates the annual B.F.A. lottery for exhibition slots in the Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries and lower atrium lounge as well as coordinates exhibitions and installations in the public spaces in and around Tyler. Student Life sends out a weekly e-newsletter, The Week Here At Tyler (WHAT), to all Tyler students with events, artist talks, exhibitions, and other fun things to do at Tyler, at Temple and in Philadelphia. This includes scholarships, internships, jobs, gigs, and artist calls.
Two elected Tyler representatives participate in the Temple Student Government. This organization provides an integral link between students on all campuses and assures an ongoing dialogue with the administration.
Students who seek leadership opportunities may join the Tyler School of Art Dean's Student Advisory Committee. Recent DSAC projects include the Philadelphia Art School Mixer reception for the Annual Student Exhibition, an all Philadelphia art school exhibition at the Comcast Center, and "Craft and Create," a community service event. The DSAC also serves as Tyler's GAF advisory committee to help determine how activity funds Tyler receives form the University are used for arts and cultural enrichment for the University.
In addition, all students may participate in other student organizations which may be accessed at https://temple.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations. Students in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture are encouraged to participate in other Ambler Campus student organizations. Further information about these opportunities may be found in the Ambler Campus section of this Bulletin.
Temple Contemporary - Exhibitions and Public Programs
Robert Blackson, Director
Sarah Biemiller, Assistant Director
Adam Blumberg, Preparator
Tyler Building, Suite 110
Temple Contemporary provides a visual context to inform and inspire public discussion of contemporary social concern. These discussions are collaboratively developed to address issues with local purpose and international significance.
Public programs are the primary initiative of Temple Contemporary, with exhibitions as one component of this greater need. Temple Contemporary provides approximately two live events per week from September to February, which often include screenings, workshops, gallery tours, classes, student presentations, how-to-sessions, rallies, debates, symposiums, concerts, etc. The initiation and consideration of these live events result from the recommendations of members from the Department's advisory councils, which represent a cross section of Temple University and cultural leaders of Philadelphia.
Through consistent collaborations with faculty members and departmental curricula, the programming of the Exhibitions and Public Programs will also provide a visual and dialogical resource to aid in the teaching of numerous disciplines.
Exhibitions of undergraduate student work are held in the Stella Elkins Tyler galleries and in the Tyler upper and lower atriums and Green hallway as well as in the Architecture building. Installations of student work may also be found throughout the campus. MFA exhibitions are held in the Temple Contemporary gallery space from March through May.
Funding for Temple Contemporary comes from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Samuel S. Fels Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Temple University.
Student Contact Information
Susan Cahan, Dean
Tyler Building, Suite 210
Kate Wingert-Playdon, Associate Dean and Director of Architecture
Architecture Building, Room 306
Chad Curtis, Associate Dean and Graduate Program Directory
Tyler Building, Suite 210
Tamryn McDermott, Director, Tyler Admissions
Tyler Building, Suite 100
David Logan, Director, Tyler Advising
Tyler Building, Room 212
Kari Scott, Assistant Director, Tyler Student Life
Tyler Building 210N
For a complete list of the Tyler Administration, please consult the list on the Tyler Administration web page.
On the department or academic program pages within this Bulletin, students will find contact information for departmental representatives (department chairs, program heads, undergraduate advisors, etc.). Other faculty contact information is available on the Tyler Faculty Directory page or by utilizing the Cherry and White directory.
Academic Policies & Regulations
Temple University's policies and regulations generally apply to all undergraduate students and provide a framework within which schools and colleges may specify further conditions or variations appropriate to students in their courses or programs. Policies specific to Tyler School of Art are as follows:
A credit hour is a measure of the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. A credit hour is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates:
- not less than one hour of classroom instruction or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester of credit or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
- at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities such as studio work. For example, a three-credit studio course allows for not less than nine hours of work which can include five hours of in-class studio and at least four hours of out-of-class student work.
Additional academic credit hour information may be found in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin.
Academic Residency Requirements
All undergraduates must take at least 45 of their last 60 semester hours at Temple University. While candidates for a degree at Temple, students wishing to take academic work at another institution, either classroom or online courses offered during the regular year or in summer sessions, must have an advisor's prior approval before enrolling at the other institution. Refer to the policy on Permission to Complete a Course at another Institution after Matriculation.
Courses Inapplicable to Graduation
Credits earned in Mathematics 0015 and lower-level courses in Military Science are not included in the minimum number of credits required for graduation. A maximum of 4 courses or up to 12 semester hours for upper-level Military Science (Army ROTC), Naval Science (Navy ROTC), or Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) courses will be applicable toward graduation credits.
Courses transferred from other institutions or taken at Temple University that do not satisfy studio, art history, College or General Education requirements are elective. Tyler programs vary in the number of elective credits applicable toward the degree. If the elective credits are in excess of the amount needed for the degree, a student will need additional credits to graduate beyond the minimum number stated for the curriculum. Students should check with their advisor when selecting courses.
Each fall and spring semester, those undergraduates who have met the credit hour and academic criteria for their school or college are placed on the Dean's List. See the Dean's List policy for specific GPA and credit-hour requirements.
Double Major within Tyler
Some undergraduate students may be interested in pursuing a double major within Tyler. Students within Tyler need to fulfill all the major requirements for each major including the required Capstone courses. In majors where the same course is required in both curricula, the course applies towards both majors. Please check with an academic advisor to discuss the course requirements for each major to see if double majoring works with your academic plan. See the Double Major policy for more information regarding second majors outside of Tyler.
Please refer to the University grievance policy, located in the Student Rights section of this Bulletin.
Student Academic Grievance Policy and Procedure
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 requires that each college or university establish due process for the resolution of academic grievances. Students enrolled at Temple University have the right to appeal academic decisions that they dispute. Each school and college at Temple University has established and adheres to its own grievance procedure. The following procedures are specifically applicable to all degree programs of Tyler School of Art.
Students should be advised that filing a formal grievance beyond the level of the instructor is serious and should be avoided until all informal methods of adjudication have been employed.
Step 1 – Faculty Member: A student with an academic grievance must first attempt to discuss the problem with the faculty member. In most cases, the grievance can be settled in this manner.
Step 2 – Chairperson: If the grievance cannot be resolved in Step 1, the student may submit a letter of grievance to the chairperson of the faculty member's department stating the following: course reference number, course number and section, faculty member teaching the course, and specific reason(s) for the grievance. The chairperson shall review with the student his/her reasons for the grievance. The chairperson, with letter of grievance, shall meet with the faculty member to discuss the problem. The chairperson shall transmit, in writing, the outcome of this meeting and his/her decision to the student and faculty member. Note: If the faculty member in the grievance is the department chairperson, the letter of grievance should be submitted directly to the Assistant Dean's Office.
Step 3 - Advising Director: If the student remains dissatisfied, he/she may appeal to the Advising Office. The Advising Director shall schedule a meeting first with the faculty member and the chairperson to discuss the grievance. Following this discussion, the student is invited to join the meeting to discuss the matter further and hear the decision. A report regarding the outcome of the meeting is written by the Advising Director and forwarded to the Dean's Office.
Step 4 - Student Appeal and Grievance Committee: If the student decides to pursue the matter further, he/she may appeal the case to the Dean's Office. The Dean shall call a meeting of the Student Appeal and Grievance Committee which consists of the four at-large members of the Tyler Executive Council. The Dean shall appoint one of these members as Chair without vote. The committee shall also consist of two undergraduate students and one graduate student provided by the Tyler Student Alliance (see Tyler School of Art By-Laws, Article III, Section B., No. 1). The Student Appeal and Grievance Committee shall make recommendations to the Dean on each appeal or grievance. All recommendations to the Dean shall reasonably summarize the student's claim, provide the basis for the committee's recommendation, and state clearly the committee's recommended disposition of the student's claim.
Step 5 - Dean of Tyler: The Dean of Tyler shall investigate the matter thoroughly and, if necessary, discuss the case with all those involved. The Dean's decision shall be forwarded, in writing, to the student and committee.
Step 6 - University Administration: Should the student decide to appeal further, he/ she will be directed to the appropriate University administrator: the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Students or the University Dean of the Graduate School. All materials will be forwarded to the appropriate office for further consideration.
Step 7 - Provost: Appeals for contesting a grade or any academic matter are directed from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Students or the University Dean of the Graduate School to the Provost's Office. This is the final step and highest level for student academic appeals.
Fall and Spring Semester Time Limit For Academic Appeals
The time limit within which a grade grievance can be entered is one (1) semester after the grade has been made a part of the student's transcript.
Summer Session Time Limit For Academic Appeals
Due to the condensed schedule of the summer sessions, the limit within which summer grade grievances can be entered is two (2) weeks after the grade has been made a part of the student's transcript.
For further information on academic grievance procedures, please inquire in the Assistant Dean's Office.
Grievances Other Than Academic Appeals
Students who believe they have been discriminated against because of gender, race, national origin, age or disability, should consult the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance, Sandra A. Foehl, Director, Equal Opportunity Compliance 215-204-8890 or email@example.com. You may also contact one of the University Ombudspersons; Tyler's designated Ombudsperson is Kari Scott (215.777.9141 or firstname.lastname@example.org). You may contact any Temple Ombudsperson regardless of department.
- Students who have other non-academic complaints about a faculty member's conduct (without regard to grading), should refer those concerns in writing to the Chair of the Department or, if the faculty member is also the chair, to the Dean.
Students are welcome to contact David Logan, Advising Director, at email@example.com or 215-777-9229 to discuss grievance policies and procedures.
Incomplete Coursework Policy
An instructor will file an "I" (Incomplete) only if the student has completed the majority (51% or more) of the work of the course at a passing level, and only for reasons beyond the student's control. This may include severe illness, broken limbs, family situation, etc. An incomplete may not be used to give students extra time to improve their grades. There must be a compelling reason behind each incomplete grade assigned. An instructor may file an "I" when a student has not completed the work of a course by the time grades must be submitted but has completed the majority of the work at a passing level and has a written agreement with the instructor and the department regarding completion of the work, including the nature of the work to be completed. The completion date may be no later than one year from the end of the semester in which the student took the course. The agreement shall also specify a default grade to be received if the work is not completed by the date indicated. Four copies of the agreement must be made: One copy shall be retained by the instructor, one shall be given to the student, one shall be filed with the department office and one shall be filed in the Tyler Academic Advising office in the student's record file (note that the University form states that one copy goes to the Dean's office - Tyler holds those copies in the student's file in Advising).
When reporting the grade of "I" for a student, the instructor shall also file a report of the default grade. If the instructor does not change the grade of "I", pursuant to the agreement with the student, by the end of one year from the time the grade of "I" was awarded, the appropriate University official shall automatically change the grade of "I" to the reported default grade and the default grade shall appear on the transcript and be used for all other grading purposes as the actual grade received in the course.
Faculty advisors and staff advisors have the option of not permitting a student to register for an "overload" if the student is carrying one or more active incomplete courses, or for a "full load" if the student is carrying two or more active incompletes.
Independent Study Policy
The following are the guidelines and standards for "Independent Study" Undergraduate credit in Studio, Art History and Art Education for students and faculty at Tyler School of Art:
- There will be a maximum of 1 student in Independent Study per full-time faculty per fall and spring semester.
- The intended area of study must supplement, not supplant, existing studio, art history and art education courses, and curriculum.
- An Independent Study course shall count for 1-3 credits, with a maximum of 6 credits applicable toward the degree. You may not take more than two Independent Study courses in your career.
- Independent Study courses shall carry upper level numbers. Students must be classified as Juniors or Seniors. Students should have prior experience with the faculty member teaching the Independent Study course.
- A written proposal must be developed and agreed upon in advance of the beginning of the semester, describing the intended area of the investigation. At the end of the Independent Study, a paper must be submitted describing the outcome of the learning experience.
- Only after the student receives written permission from the faculty member and the department chair may they register for the class.
Students or faculty who wish to have work or performances installed outside the studio must complete an Installation form, and have it approved by the appropriate University personnel. Students or faculty must also have an approved installation form to place work outside the building, anywhere on campus. The Student Life office requires 7 business days to ensure enough time to get the appropriate approvals. In many cases extra time is needed to revise a proposal due to safety issues or otherwise unavailable space. Forms filed less than seven (7) days will risk being denied. The Assistant Director for Student Life will work with the student and faculty and University personnel to locate appropriate space for student installations. Please note that approvals are not automatic, and can be denied on the basis of non-compliance with University policies.
Students who place projects without approval, or who abandon or incompletely de-install projects, or who do not properly restore sites, buildings, or other university property will be subject to fine and, potentially, disciplinary action. Please refer any questions or concerns to Kari Scott via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tyler School of Art students who wish to voluntarily withdraw from the university for one or two semesters (fall and/or spring) are strongly encouraged to apply for a Leave of Absence (LOA). If approved, these students remain eligible for the same requirements as when they declared their major and will have access to Temple e-mail, university library systems, and priority and self registration for the approved semester of return.
If a student leaves the university without notice or does not return the semester following an approved Leave of Absence (LOA), the student must apply for re-enrollment to the university. All students who wish to be considered for readmission (re-enrollment) to Tyler must fill out the request to re-enroll form available at Temple University's Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. Students should contact the Tyler Admissions Office for more information at 215-777-9090.
For those students who have left Tyler in academic good standing and apply for re-enrollment into a semester within three years of the last completed semester, no portfolio review or interview is required. A portfolio uploaded to temple.slideroom.com is required for those B.F.A. (see additional information for B.F.A. in Graphic & Interactive Design majors below), B.A. in Art, B.A. in Visual Studies, or B.S.ED. in Art Education students who have not attended Tyler for more than three years from the semester in which they intend to apply for re-enrollment. SlideRoom charges a fee for this service. Please note: We are no longer accepting students for re-enrollment into the B.A. in Art on the Main campus; the B.A. in Art will only be available at the Japan campus. Students previously enrolled in that program may seek admission into the B.A. in Visual Studies. Students who seek re-enrollment will be considered for matriculation into the current catalog year.
Students who are dismissed from Tyler or who left on academic probation must review the academic standing policy located in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin.
A portfolio uploaded to temple.slideroom.com is also required of all B.F.A., B.A. in Art, B.A. in Visual Studies, or B.S.ED. in Art Education students who were dismissed or who left Tyler on academic probation. It must include twenty (20) images of your studio work, ten (10) completed at Tyler, and ten (10) after leaving Tyler that demonstrate studio progress.
Any student who attends another college or university and has taken studio art credits must submit a portfolio uploaded to temple.slideroom.com to represent completed studio coursework in order to have those credits considered for transfer credit into the Tyler B.F.A., B.A. in Visual Studies, or B.S.ED. in Art Education programs or one of the Architecture programs. Academic credits will be accepted into the Tyler degree programs as determined by Temple University policy for the semester in which the student is applying for readmission.
The final decision regarding readmission will depend both on the recommendation of the transfer committee as well as the review of academic credentials by the Tyler Admissions Office. Please note well: Any student applying for readmission must be aware that Tyler may not accept studio credits that are more than 10 years old into any Tyler curriculum from transfer or readmission applicants regardless of where those credits were completed.
Graphic & Interactive Design (GAID) Re-Enrollment Policy
Leave of Absence Policy: Graphic & Interactive Design (GAID) students can apply to take a Leave of Absence (LOA) from Temple University/Tyler School of Art for up to 2 consecutive semesters. At the end of the LOA, a GAID major can return to school and resume their progress through the design program.
- Although every effort will be made to get GAID majors into courses they need when they return to Temple/Tyler, seats in required Graphic and Interactive Design courses cannot be guaranteed to students who return after a LOA or an extended period when they are not enrolled at Temple/Tyler. Returning students will not be added to sections that have filled which may mean additional time at Tyler will be required in order to complete the B.F.A. in Graphic & Interactive Design.
- GAID majors who remain out of school longer than 2 consecutive semesters are required to re-enroll in the school and the program. The re-enrollment process includes a portfolio requirement to determine if the student will be readmitted to the GAID major. Re-enrollment into the GAID major is not guaranteed.
- Students re-applying to the GAID program must show a portfolio consisting of the work they originally submitted to get into the major through the Sophomore Portfolio Review as well as work from any additional GAID classes they took. Students who were admitted into the major prior to the implementation of the GAID portfolio review in fall 2014 will need to submit a portfolio of work representing work completed in GAD 2001 and GAD 2021. Students who are out of school for more than 3 years also need to include 10 design pieces that they produced during the time they were not enrolled at Temple/Tyler.
- Students who are not re-enrolled on the basis of the portfolio have the option to re-take the prerequisites for the major (GAD 2001 and GAD 2021) to develop a new portfolio for submission to the Sophomore Portfolio Review. These students will be reviewed as second-time applicants to the GAID program. Students who have completed sophomore prerequisites for other majors may also consider re-enrollment into those majors (after discussion with an academic advisor) or seek re-enrollment into the University into a different Tyler or Temple program.
Loss or Damage
Temple University is not responsible for loss of property of any student or other individual due to fire, theft, or other cause. The university may require residence hall students to present proof of insurance against loss by fire, theft, or other cause before assignment to any university housing.
Permission to Take Courses At Another Institution
Consistent with University policy, students will not receive transfer credit for courses taken at another institution while they are matriculated (Degree Seeking) at Temple University unless prior permission has been obtained from Tyler Advising. The required Permission to Take Courses Elsewhere form is available under the University Forms Channel on TUPortal. Full instructions regarding the permission process are available at: http://www.temple.edu/vpus/documents/permission_courses_elsewhere.pdf.
Matriculating (Degree-seeking) Tyler School of Art students (with the exception of those seeking the Art Education concentration) in the Tyler School of Art must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or may be subject to academic action including academic warning, probation, and dismissal from the university. Please consult the academic standing policy within this Bulletin for further information.
Students pursuing the B.F.A. with Art Education Concentration and the B.S.ED. in Art Education program must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to be eligible to take required Education and Art Education coursework.
Tyler School of Art does award second bachelor's degrees if the first degree is unrelated to the field of study. Students with limited studio experience often do not have a portfolio of work and required studio credits to enter a Master's degree program so a second Bachelor's degree provides time and space to develop skills and build a body of artwork. The B.F.A. degree prepares students to be practicing artists and thus a graduate degree may not be required for many vocational aspirations. Students interested in Art History should consider the M.A. in Art History degree program instead of a second bachelor's degree. Students who do not meet the minimum admissions criteria for the M.A. in Art History should discuss their interest in the program with Tyler Admissions, the Art History M.A. Program Director or the Art History Department Chair to explore their options.
Student Art Work
The school reserves the right to keep art work submitted for course credit. In practice, this privilege is exercised sparingly but, in certain studio areas, the selection of one piece by each graduating student contributes to an important instructional collection.
Tyler School of Art records images of student work for use in Tyler publications and web sites. Tyler reserves the right to reproduce without notification such images of any artwork produced by students while attending Tyler for promotional or other purposes, including in print publications, institutional web sites, e-communications, multimedia presentations, and documents about Tyler or Temple University for admission recruitment, fundraising, or institutional informational purposes.
When the student art work is reproduced in Tyler publications, either in print form or electronic form, every effort will be made to give credit to the student artist. No compensation is provided to students for such uses of images of student work.
Please see the Installation Policy above regarding placing student art work in the public spaces at Tyler and in any Temple building or on Temple grounds. Please note that any work installed without permission is subject to removal and disposal.
General College Graduation Requirements
Students in the Tyler School of Art must meet all degree requirements mandated by Temple University, as well as requirements from individual departments and programs.
All students complete the General Education (GenEd) program requirements.
Students are responsible for following the course requirements and department policies as listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin and in departmental handbooks, curriculum and advising publications. Please note that Tyler has minimum grade requirements for required courses for the majors. Current students should refer to their DARS and advising check sheets to review progress towards the degree.
Planning a Program of Study
The information in the following requirements sections is designed to provide students with guidance in planning their program of study. The requirements and sequences are detailed. If students do not follow their program as designed, they may face conflicts or not have required prerequisites that will necessitate enrolling for additional semesters to complete their requirements.
Transfer students should meet with an academic advisor to review progress after their initial orientation session to create an academic plan for subsequent semesters and to determine length of time to earn their degree.
The total number of credit hours at graduation may be greater for some students based on initial placement exams, transfer evaluations, individual curricular choices, and academic progress.
Students must fulfill the necessary prerequisites for any given course or course sequence. See the Prerequisites and Co-requisites Policy in the university-wide Academic Policies section of this Bulletin.
Academic Advising Information
Please note: Non-Tyler students who are interested in learning more about the majors and/or admissions requirements should contact the Tyler Admissions staff at email@example.com or call 215-777-9090.
Tyler School of Art Advising
David Logan, Advising Director
Kathleen Peters, Assistant Director
Taheerah Entsuah, Advisor
Marissa Georgiou, Advisor
Elizabeth Fever, Associate Advisor
Tyler Building, Suite 212
Isaiah Gaffney, Associate Advisor
Tyler Building, Suite 212
Dedicated professional academic advisors help students choose a program of study that is suited to their educational and career goals. While the students are ultimately responsible for knowing their academic status and requirements for their degree programs, advisors assist with information about program requirements and university policies and procedures.
The academic advising office should be contacted if there are questions concerning courses that require placement assessment or concerns about General Education (GenEd) requirements or developmental courses in English and Mathematics.
Students interested in studying abroad should speak with their academic advisor early in the college career to discuss the optimal semester(s) for study abroad and to ensure prerequisite courses are accounted for in the student's academic plan to prevent needing additional time to graduate.
Professional academic advisors meet with all students on academic warning, academic probation or designated "at-risk" by virtue of multiple mid-term deficiency notices to ensure students know about resources that may help students find success in their courses. Students should use the online appointment system to schedule an advising appointment or call 215-777-9229.
Tyler School of Art also utilizes faculty to assist students with major course selections within their major, opportunities in the field, and career planning. Students may elect to meet with a faculty member they have previously worked with or they can outreach to the department chairs or area heads for guidance. Contact information for department chairs and area heads are listed on the about tab on the major pages of this Bulletin and on the Tyler School of Art web site.
Art Education Advising
Dr. Lisa Kay
Tyler Building, 210V
The Art Education staff provides additional advising for students in the B.S.ED. in Art Education and B.F.A. with Art Education Concentration. Students should routinely meet with an Art Education faculty advisor to discuss field placement, clearances, and requirements, as the state of Pennsylvania may change requirements after the Bulletin information has been posted.
For additional faculty information, go to the Tyler School of Art web site: http://tyler.temple.edu/faculty-directory.
Mariola Alvarez, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of California.
Stephen M. Anderson, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania.
Kate E. Benisek, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; M.L.A., Cornell University.
Steven Berkowitz, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Philip P. Betancourt, Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Gerard F. Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; M.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
William J. Cohen, Associate Professor (Practice), Department of Planning and Community Development, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Tracy E. Cooper, Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Princeton University.
Chad D. Curtis, Associate Professor, Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics.
Therese A. Dolan, Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College.
Jeffrey Doshna, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Planning and Community Development, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Sasha Eisenman, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Amze J. Emmons, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of Washington.
Seher Erdogan Ford, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., Yale University.
Jane DeRose Evans, Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Clifton R. Fordham, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., Yale University.
Samuel C. Fritch, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Philip Glahn, Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., City University of New York.
Abby Ryan Guido, Assistant Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.B.A., Temple University.
Marcia B. Hall, Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Harvard University.
Sally W. Harrison, Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jesse Harrod, Assistant Professor, Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kelly A. Holohan, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Marilyn M. Holsing, Professor Emerita, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.A., University of New Mexico.
Deborah Anne Howe, Professor Emeritus, Department of Planning and Community Development, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Richard D. Hricko, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of Iowa.
Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania.
Renee E. Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Concordia University.
Simona M. Josan-Barkley, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Jessica Jane Julius, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Gabriel Kaprielian, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., University of California Berkeley.
Lisa Kay, Assistant Professor, Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Tyler School of Art; Ed.D., Northern Illinois University.
Nichola Kinch, Associate Professor, Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Jonathan Dunlap Kline, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Temple University.
Stephanie A. Knopp, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., The Pennsylvania State University.
Robert T. Kuper, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; M.L.A., Auburn University.
Baldev S. Lamba, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania.
Scott R. Laserow, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; B.F.A., Temple University.
Stanley Lechtzin, Professor, Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Cranbook Academy of Art.
Roberto Lugo, Assistant Professor, Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., The Pennsylvania State University.
Dermot MacCormack, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; B.F.A., National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Martha Madigan, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lynn A. Mandarano, Associate Professor, Department of Planning and Community Development, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Michaels, Associate Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor, Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Stony Brook University.
Eva Monheim, Instructor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; M.A.E., Arcadia University.
Jo-Anna J. Moore, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Tyler School of Art; Ed.D., Harvard University.
Susan M. Moore, Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of California Davis.
Keith Morrison, Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mary E. Myers, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh College of Art.
Dona R. Nelson, Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; B.F.A., The Ohio State University.
Rashida Ng, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania.
Sharyn A. O'Mara, Associate Professor, Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design.
Odili Donald Odita, Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Bennington College.
Karyn Olivier, Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Cranbook Academy of Art.
Michael Olszewski, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Delaware.
Eric Oskey, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., Cornell University.
Pepón Osorio, Professor, Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Tyler School of Art; M.A., Columbia University.
Wendy B. Osterweil, Associate Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of Wisconsin.
Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington.
Vojislav Ristic, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; Dipl.lng.Arch., Belgrade University.
Bryan Martin Satalino, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Vickie L. Sedman, Professor, Department of Crafts, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matthew G. Sepielli, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Bard College.
Mark Shaver, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., University of Georgia.
Paul E. Sheriff, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; B.F.A., Temple University.
Mark Shetabi, Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Robert Z. Shuman Jr., Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; B.Arch., Temple University.
Gerald D. Silk, Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Samantha Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Foundations, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute.
Hester Stinnett, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Temple University.
Kim D. Strommen, Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Washington University.
Lolly Tai, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh College of Art.
Christian Tomaszewski, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.
Ashley West, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
M. Katherine Wingert-Playdon, Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University.
Andrew Wit, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art; M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Byron Wolfe, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Arts and Design, Tyler School of Art; M.F.A., Arizona State University.
William Yalowitz, Associate Professor, Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices, Tyler School of Art; Ed.D., Temple University.