Creative Scholars Program

Intro to Glass, Irvin Borowsky Glass Studios, Tyler School of Art and Architecture


About the Program

Tyler’s Creative Scholars Program is a yearlong, full scholarship art program for talented high school students attending public and charter high schools in the School District of Philadelphia. 

Students complete a yearlong, full-scholarship art intensive, which includes studio art courses, artist studio visits, and workshops with prominent cultural institutions. The program provides in-depth learning experiences that helps students broaden and enhance their skills and prepare portfolios for admission to top schools of art, architecture and design. 

Students must be nominated to participate. Online applications will be open through August 25, 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. 



Students take three studio courses each semester and participate in portfolio reviews with Tyler’s Admissions team, collaborative workshops with institutions such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Mural Arts Philadelphia and Eastern State Penitentiary. The program also exposes students to practicing artists through artist talks and studio visits. 

Intro to Moving Image, Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio, Charles Library

Students use professional art tools as well as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, Krita, AfterEffects and more. All materials and media required for the courses are provided. The program also offers college literacy workshops to support students’ success in the college admissions process and as a college student. 


Program Funding

Participants receive full tuition, materials, SEPTA passes to cover student travel, as well as breakfast and lunch. This is made possible through a generous grant from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for emerging visual artists and the arts. 

Students take field trips to cultural venues, such as Eastern State Penitentiary. Ryan Serrano-Hall guided talk.


Highlights from Our Launch Year

We are excited that four students from the 2021-2022 Creative Scholars cohort decided to attend Temple University, enrolling in Fall ’22. All four received scholarships to attend Tyler as undergraduates.  Four students from the 2022-2023 cohort will be enrolled at Tyler in Fall '23.

Creative Scholars Program Exhibition

At the end of the academic year, students have the opportunity to showcase their artwork in Temple Contemporary, Tyler's center for exhibitions and public programming. In 2023, a student exhibition of artwork created during the program was featured in the City of Philadelphia's Art in City Hall program from May-July. The exhibitions were open to the public.


Course Offerings


This is an introductory studio course where students will learn basic processes of glass working techniques. Glass studio operations and studio safety will be covered extensively. Glass sculpting, cold assemblage, glass finishing and teamwork will be emphasized through demonstrations. This class is very special, as it provides students a rare opportunity to work with the otherworldly material of glass. Though it may be the only time some students will interact with glass and a jumping off point for further exploration for others, all students should expect to expand their creative and hands-on skill sets in a supportive classroom community. 


Students will gain a deep grounding in the methods and principles of traditional animation, and the ability to analyze movement and convey emotion and meaning through a series of drawings. They will view short films, experiment with a variety of techniques, participate in group discussions, creating a finished work from start to finish. This process will include idea gathering, writing, storyboarding, roughs, iteration, finals, and critique. 


Intro to the Moving Image is a course which explores ideas and concepts within film and video. It will introduce and develop students’ technical software skills, discussions/exercises, different methods of self-expression to encourage a multidisciplinary artistic effort, enabling them to create work not defined by traditional linear narrative structures. Students will learn how to create a short film using the basic principles of professional film and editing equipment.   


Students connect with practicing artists. George Rodriguez ceramic artist talk, Tyler School of Art and Architecture.


How to Apply

The Creative Scholars Program is a full-scholarship program open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in Philadelphia School District Public & Charter High Schools. Students must be nominated by teachers and guidance counselors in order to be considered for the Creative Scholars Program.  

Students can apply online here. Students will include contact information for their chosen nominator. Nominators submit a brief statement of support for the student.  

A letter of interest from the student and three student work samples will also be required. 

Application deadline extend to August 25, 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Only a few spots left!

For more information about the Creative Scholars Program, please contact:

Hazziza Q. Abdullah 
Creative Scholars Program Specialist

COVID-19 Safety
Creative Scholars Program classes are held in-person. All participants will follow Temple's health and safety requirements, which are informed by guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the City of Philadelphia.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

October 7 – December 16,  2023 
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(9:15 – 10 a.m. Breakfast) 
*No class November 25, 2023 

February 3 – April 13,  2024 
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(9:15 – 10 a.m. Breakfast) 
*No class March 9, 2024

APPLY HERE through August 25, 2023