Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

Painting

Philip Glahn, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building, Room 300B
215-777-9176
philip.glahn@temple.edu

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, recognized as one of the nation's top programs in the discipline, offers students access to world-class facilities and teaching.

Tyler Painting majors are pushed to grow as artists and critical thinkers by a diverse faculty—all of whom are practicing artists themselves—with a broad range of expertise and a commitment to being engaged, passionate mentors. Students learn technique, theory and perhaps the most powerful tool of all: how to teach themselves to be self-critical.

Tyler BFA students take full advantage of the school's location in Philadelphia, a vibrant art center, to explore museums and galleries, find internships, earn placements in competitive graduate programs and launch creative practices. When they graduate, they join an alumni community that includes some of the most influential artists, thought leaders and teachers of their time.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Painting majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Painting

Sophomore Requirements

Painting
ART 2501Painting3
or ART 2503 Painting
Drawing
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate Figure Drawing
Digital Drawing
Digital Drawing

Notes:

  • ART 2505 is suggested, but not required, for those interested in becoming a Painting major.
  • ART 2806 is strongly recommended for students interested in Painting or Sculpture as a major.
  • Students may only take 3 Painting/Drawing courses in the sophomore year; other 2500-level ART courses may be used as electives for the junior/senior year.

Junior and Senior Requirements

Four (4) Advanced Level Painting courses (see Painting list below)12
Two (2) Advanced Level Drawing courses (see Drawing list below)6
Two (2) Advanced Level Painting or Drawing courses (see Painting/Drawing list below)6
ART 3896PDS Seminar (Capstone, WI) 13
Advanced Level Painting Courses
ART 2505Painting Materials and Techniques3
ART 3503Landscape 13
or ART 4503 Landscape
ART 3505Color3
or ART 3506 Color
or ART 4505 Color
ART 3504Figure Painting3
or ART 4504 Figure Painting
ART 3507Painting on Paper3
or ART 3508 Painting on Paper
ART 3501Advanced Painting3
or ART 3502 Advanced Painting
or ART 3519 Advanced Painting: Rome
or ART 4501 Advanced Painting
or ART 4502 Advanced Painting
ART 4506Senior Painting Studio 23
ART 4507Senior Painting Studio 23
Advanced Level Drawing Courses
ART 3503Landscape 13
or ART 4503 Landscape
ART 3511Digital Drawing3
ART 3512Rome Sketchbook3
ART 3514Advanced Drawing3
or ART 3515 Advanced Drawing: Rome
or ART 3516 Advanced Drawing
or ART 4514 Advanced Drawing
ART 3517Figure Drawing3
or ART 3518 Figure Drawing
or ART 4517 Figure Drawing
or ART 4518 Figure Drawing
ART 3011Interactive Projects3
Additional Advanced Level Painting/Drawing Courses
ART 2505Painting Materials and Techniques3
ART 3501Advanced Painting3
or ART 3502 Advanced Painting
or ART 3519 Advanced Painting: Rome
or ART 4501 Advanced Painting
or ART 4502 Advanced Painting
ART 3504Figure Painting3
or ART 3517 Figure Drawing
or ART 3518 Figure Drawing
or ART 4504 Figure Painting
ART 3512Rome Sketchbook3
ART 3521Fresco Painting3
ART 3514Advanced Drawing3
or ART 3515 Advanced Drawing: Rome
or ART 3516 Advanced Drawing
or ART 4514 Advanced Drawing
ART 4506Senior Painting Studio 23
ART 4507Senior Painting Studio 23

Notes: 

  • Do not duplicate any courses previously taken for Drawing or Painting credit.

  • Painting or Drawing courses taken in excess of the required eight courses will count as studio electives. This is a common practice encouraged by the Painting Faculty.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1503Woodshop Fundamentals1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2501 or 2503Painting3
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Drawing2 
Intermediate Drawing 
Intermediate Figure Drawing 
Digital Drawing2 
Digital Drawing 
ART or GAD 2000+ Sophomore Studio Elective3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART or GAD 2000+ Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000+ Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000+ Sophomore Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Advanced Level Painting Course3
Advanced Level Painting Course3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective3,44
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Advanced Level Painting Course3
Advanced Level Drawing Course3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective [WI]44
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Advanced Level Painting Course3
Advanced Level Drawing Course3
ART 3896PDS Seminar [WI]53
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Advanced Level Painting or Drawing Course3
Advanced Level Painting or Drawing Course3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Open Elective33
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126

Please Note:  An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. Painting majors interested in studying abroad may elect to study abroad in a summer program, for a semester or an entire academic year. Please see an academic advisor for more details.