Graphic & Interactive Design

Graphic and Interactive Design is the communication of information and ideas through visual language. Design is used to serve commerce, culture and the public good. It includes work that is client-driven as well as self-authored.

Tyler’s design students learn how to develop design concepts, to make images, to work with typography and to master a wide range of new and traditional media. Creative intelligence and skill are strongly emphasized. The program, known for its rigor, is extremely competitive. Students are evaluated by the exacting standards of the design profession. A sophomore level portfolio review is required for admission to the major.

Student work from Tyler has been featured in numerous national and international design competitions and publications. Students from the program have won numerous awards and honors. They are sought out by recruiters from studio and agencies and are highly successful in finding employment after graduation.

Graduates from the BFA and MFA programs are employed by studios and agencies around the country and abroad. They work in print and web design studios, advertising agencies, publishing companies, film and television, music packaging and promotion, product design and packaging, in design departments of major corporations, and as freelance illustrators.

Upcoming Events

  • October 10, 2014
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Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr...


  • Tyler GAID students sweep PGW medallion competition!

    PWD and the Mural Arts Program sponsored "Uncover the Green", a design competition that invited local college students to design the new medallion for our city's green...

  • MFA Workshop with Robynne Raye

    MFA candidates in Graphic & Interactive Design participated in a 1.5-day intensive workshop with Modern Dog principal, Robynne Raye. Students designed PSA poster c...

  • The Art of Infographics: A new online course.

    The Graphic and Interactive department at Temple’s Tyler School of Art is offering a new online course this fall 2014, The Art of Infographics. This University-wide Ge...

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    Alumni Spotlight

    Gavin Cooper

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    Gavin Cooper (MFA), graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2006. That same year he took a full time lecturer position with the University of Pennsylvania and founded Cooper Graphic Design with his wife, Michele. Prior to 2006 and with a B.S. in Graphic Design Communication from Philadelphia University in 1999, Gavin worked as a Graphic Designer at Philadelphia-based studio, Assemblage, and was a Design Lead at the financial company, The Vanguard Group. More

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    September 30, 2014

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    Annual Graduate Open House

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    Tyler Design MFA + St. James School Collaborative Poster Exhibition

    May 09, 2014

    The Graphic and Interactive Design graduate students at Tyler School of Art are collaborating with the seventh grade class at St. James

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    GAID Senior Portfolio Presentations

    May 08, 2014

    Graduating seniors from the Graphic & Interactive Design program will be presenting their portfolios in the green hallway at Tyler Sc

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    Senior Design Exhibition and Reception

    May 14, 2014

    Please join us for the Senior Design Show Reception for the Graphic & Interactive Design Class of 2014 on Wednesday, May 14 from 6:00

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    Design, Dogs & Depositions: Robynne Raye from Modern Dog

    March 28, 2014

    Come be inspired by this amazing world renowned designer! Joining us all the way from Seattle, Robynne will be talking with us about DOGS

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