Undergraduate applicants for the BFA or BFA with Entrepreneurship programs apply for full-time matriculation for either the Fall or Spring semester. Part-time status is not available for BFA applicants. Bachelor of Fine Arts programs of study: Ceramics/Glass, Fibers & Material Studies, Graphic & Interactive Design, Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Freshman apply to the BFA program as undeclared or BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies Undeclared and declare a major going into their third year; transfer applicants may either apply as undeclared or select a specific BFA or BFA with Entrepreneurship major.
BFA Application Checklist
- Apply to Temple University online or apply through the Common Application at https://www.commonapp.org
- Send official transcripts and test scores to the Temple Undergraduate Admissions office. Please see Temple’s Undergraduate Admissions website for requirements.
In addition to the completed Temple application:
- A portfolio is required for consideration for the BFA programs. Freshman applicants may arrange for an in person review* or upload a digital portfolio. Freshman applicants should make every attempt to schedule a portfolio review, as an interview may be a key component in the decision process. Applicants living a considerable distance from Philadelphia may elect to upload a digital portfolio. Transfer students must upload a digital portfolio. See Tyler’s website for more information on specific program portfolio requirements and details on how to schedule a review or upload a portfolio.
* The interview and portfolio review is a private session with a Tyler faculty member or a member of the Admissions staff. At this time you will present and discuss your portfolio of artwork.
Below is addtional information about each of the Tyler requirements.
BFA Portfolio Requirements
BFA applicants should check the Schedule a Portfolio Review page on our website and fill out the registration form to schedule a review for one of the available dates listed. If there are no review dates listed or you are having problems scheduling your review, then please call the Tyler Admissions Office. The interview and portfolio review is a private session with a Tyler faculty member or a member of the Admissions staff. At this time you will present and discuss your portfolio of artwork. Admissions staff will be available to answer your questions before or after your interview. If you attend one of our portfolio review days listed on the Schedule a Portfolio Review page, there will be an optional tour available when all the reviews are finished. Tyler will also review portfolios at various National Portfolio Day events and at some high schools that we visit, time permitting.
The BFA portfolio should include 10 - 20 pieces of original work. You must include examples of drawing from direct observation regardless of the major you wish to pursue. These drawings should show a wide range of values and strong composition. These drawings are separate from sketchbook drawings. The remainder of the portfolio may include additional drawings; work in both black-and-white and color media, ceramics, design examples, fibers, glass, jewelry or metal work, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or time-based media. Variety of medium, subject matter and scale are important. Large pieces may be represented in photographs presented during an in-person review. Plan to bring your sketchbooks as well as work completed in weekend or summer programs.
Freshman applicants should make every attempt to attend a portfolio review, as an interview will weigh heavily in the decision process. Applicants living at a considerable distance from Philadelphia may elect to upload a portfolio via www.temple.slideroom.com. SlideRoom charges an additional fee for this service. Do not send CD-ROMs, DVDs, slides, slide carousels, portfolios, photographs, portfolio books/binders or original work through the mail. These are not acceptable and will not be reviewed or returned.
BFA transfer applicants must upload a minimum of 20 images via temple.slidreoom.com. SlideRoom charges an additional fee for this service. Admission and studio placement will be based on the results of the review of the portfolio and academic credentials. Tyler will consider course credit from accepted students transferring from colleges or universities depending on accreditation as per Temple University policy. Tyler will only accept studio credits equivalent to those offered in the BFA degree program. In order to be considered for transfer credit, studio courses must have been completed within ten years prior to application and matriculation, and images of work completed in those courses must be included in the portfolio.
The portfolio must include examples of drawing from observation regardless of the major you wish to pursue. If you have completed over 36 credits in studio art, and are applying for admission into a specific BFA major, it is important to include images of work that reflect preparation for your intended major. Be sure to describe the work by dimension, medium, date completed and title.
Portfolios may not be reviewed until the Temple Undergraduate application materials and Tyler-specific materials are received. Do not send CD-ROMs, DVDs, slides, slide carousels, portfolios, photographs, portfolio books/binders or original work through the mail. These are not acceptable and will not be reviewed or returned.