Creative Scholars Program

Tyler Creative Scholars experience in-depth learning in fundamental areas, advance their creative practice, and prepare for admission to top schools of art, architecture and design.


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. Applications are open now through August 1, 2022 for the 2022-2203 academic year.



Students take two 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 and Mural Arts Philadelphia. The program also exposes students to practicing artists through artist talks and studio visits.

Creative Scholars Program students collaborate with various Philadelphia cultural institutions including The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Students use professional art tools as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, 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 & 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 Wonderspaces Philadelphia.


Highlights from Our Launch Year

We are excited that four students from the 2021-2022 Creative Scholars cohort have decided to attend Temple University in the Fall. All four have received scholarships to attend Tyler as undergraduates.   


Course Offerings


2D/Drawing Fundamentals

Students develop basic drawing skills, learn the technical elements of line, tone, form, and composition, and explore proportion, form, gesture, and composition. Familiarity with the terminology, concepts and basic materials utilized in the studio by visual artists are explored. An understanding of two-dimensional design principles underlies all 2-D art from drawing and painting to photography, illustration, and graphic design. 


Intro to Printmaking/Material Studies

Students are introduced to several printmaking media and techniques including but not limited to relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing. The technical aspects of each technique are investigated through demonstrations and in-class work.   


Intro to Painting and Process

Students learn a variety of painting processes and explore painting with alternative everyday materials. Students are introduced to the formal elements of composition, color, and form.   


Photography Fundamentals

Students learn photographic techniques from image capture to digital post-processing. Students use smartphones, point & shoot cameras, or DSLR cameras. Fundamental methods and principles will be explored with the integration of digital photography, typography, and their own illustrations. Students will use applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Lightroom to develop technical skills and understanding.   


Glass Fundamentals  

Coming soon!


Intro to Moving Image/Animation 

Coming soon!

Creative Scholars students work with digital SLR cameras in the Photography Fundamentals course.


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. 

Nominators submit a brief statement of support for the student, a letter of interest from the student, and three student work samples.

Applications are accepted from May 2 - August 1, 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.




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.

2022-2023 SCHEDULE

October 7 – December 16,  2022  
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(9:15 – 10 a.m. Breakfast) 
*No class November 25, 2022 

February 4 – April 15,  2023  
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(9:15 – 10 a.m. Breakfast) 
*No class March 11, 2023

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