About Tyler

“Tyler is a school with a purpose. The people who choose to study here think deeply about the important role of artists and designers, and the responsibilities of architects in the larger world and in relation to the environment. Indeed, Tyler is a school where cultural production is seen as aesthetically and socially transformative action. Tyler is also a school with a place. Our engagement with Philadelphia, one of the world’s most vibrant arts centers—especially its engagement with the North Philadelphia community—puts the school in a unique position of strength."

Susan E. Cahan, Dean

The Tyler School of Art has been challenging creators and designers, artists, educators, art historians, and architects to explore and create in a dynamic environment for more than 75 years. A national leader, Tyler is ranked No. 15 among American fine arts graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, and several individual programs are in the top 10, including glass (No. 2), printmaking (No. 7) and painting and drawing (No. 10). In 2009, Tyler opened the doors to a new, 255,000-square-foot building on Temple's Main Campus. Three years later, a new Architecture Building with state-of-the-art labs and studios was completed. These new facilities are complemented by the school’s expanding and innovative curriculum, and offer easy access to lectures, classes and the exciting programming of Temple Contemporary, the visionary center for Tyler’s exhibitions and public programs.

1,500 graduate and undergraduate students are part of a close-knit community of people who are passionate, curious, smart, and skilled. Moreover, we are part of a large, urban, public research university, Temple University, where over 40,000 students and our faculty engage with the world’s most pressing and complex challenges. Tyler prepares students to make valuable contributions in a range of fields through the strength of their creative and technical skills, their ability to visualize solutions to problems, and their personal vision informed by social and civic responsibility.

  • Mission, Vision and Values

    Tyler has grown from a small art school in Elkins Park, PA to encompass a wide range programs from painting to architecture now located on the Main Campus of Temple University.

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  • Faculty

    The Tyler faculty are some of the most interesting, innovative and significant artists, architects, designers, art educators, and art historians working today.

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