The Minor in Art is an opportunity for both Main Campus and Temple University Japan Campus students to study the visual arts, whether the goal is to build on previous experience in the visual arts, develop technical skills, enhance creativity and critical thinking skills to apply to their major area of study, or all of the above.

On Main Campus, Temple University students can pursue the visual arts in world-class facilities at one of the nation's top-ranked art schools with access to the region's vibrant contemporary art scene in Philadelphia and nearby cities like New York and Washington, D.C. Temple University Japan Campus, the only degree-conferring United States-style art program in Tokyo, offers a curriculum that situates visual practice in a liberal arts context with art historical reference, critical perspectives and theoretical insight. Tokyo's unique urban environment and its numerous art galleries and museums offer context, inspiration and stimuli for student learning. Both options provide unique opportunities available to Temple students.

Main Campus courses can be found in the class schedule under the subjects of Art, Community Arts, Graphic Arts and Design, and Visual Studies. Temple University Japan Campus courses can be found in the class schedule under the subject of Art (Japan Campus).

Campus Locations: Main and Japan

Contact Information

Main Campus

Kim Strommen, Professor

Temple Japan Campus

Kaoru Sakurai, MFA, Major Coordinator

Taro Nettleton, PhD, Major Coordinator


Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Visual Language, Design
2D Design
Introduction to Visual Language, 3-D Design
3-D Design
Introduction to Fibers for Non-Tyler BFA Majors
Introduction to Glass for Non-Tyler BFA Majors
Introduction to Jewelry for Non-Tyler BFA Students
Introduction to Visual Language, Painting
Art Photography: Digital
Artist Books, Zines and Independent Publishing
Introduction to Welding
Painting for Non-Majors
Drawing I
Select one of the following:3
Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
Honors Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century
Honors Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century
Select four additional Studio Electives from the following list: 112
ARTU 1000+ courses
Research and Project Planning Seminar in Community Arts
Honors Research and Project Planning in Community Arts
Community Arts
Introduction to CAD for Non-Tyler BFA Students
Socially Engaged Arts Practices in Communities
Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
Honors Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
ART 2000+ courses
GAD 2000+ courses
Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Digital Imaging
VS 2000+ courses
Total Credit Hours21

Many Tyler courses are open to non-major students. Be sure to review the course description and select an appropriate course. A list of courses currently open to non-majors is listed on the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Advising web site.

Note: The department will accept a maximum of 9 s.h. of transfer studio credits towards the minor. A portfolio of work must be submitted for review by department faculty.

Students who are matriculated in the Tyler BA in Art, BA in Art Therapy, BA in Visual Studies, BSED or BFA degree programs may not declare an Art minor.