MFA in Sculpture

MFA in Sculpture

Our acclaimed program cultivates a dynamic community that is recognized for its excellence, rigorous practice, and intensity. Students are exposed to and work alongside some of todays’ vital national and international cultural producers, including faculty, visiting artists, critics, theorists and curators.

Exploration, malleability, intellectual commitment and unabashed experimentation are hallmarks of Tyler’s Sculpture Department. Wide-ranging approaches to sculpture are practiced by our students, including object- and material-based work, sound, performance, new technologies, social practice, installation, public art, web-based pursuits and film/video.

The department and graduate studios are housed in a spacious, well-equipped facility. Students can also work and create in an array of specialized shops throughout the Tyler building. Access to research departments throughout Temple University further enriches our students' practices, creating theoretical, philosophical and concrete linkages between art and the world.

MFA candidates regularly explore Philadelphia’s many historic and contemporary cultural and art institutions and visit museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in New York City and Washington, D.C.


The Sculpture Department at Tyler School of Art guarantees one full year of funding for each admitted graduate student through Teaching Assistantships. This assistantship offers complete tuition remission and a livable monthly stipend. Many of our incoming graduate students are awarded a second year of funding (full tuition remission and stipend) through University, Presidential and/or Future Faculty Fellowships, in addition to assistantships in Temple Contemporary Gallery and the 3D Foundations Department.


Graduate students can apply for Dean’s Grants to fund creative work. In addition, second year graduate students are eligible for Project Completion Grants of up to $10,000. 


The Kabakov Fellowship in Sculpture is an honorary grant given each year for past excellence and future promise to a Tyler School of Art Sculpture student who has received and MFA within the last three years. Given by the faculty and dean, the Kabakov Fellowship aids the financial needs of the recipient’s transition from the academic to professional studio practice.


"Tyler is an exceptional community for artmaking and research. The intellectual and practical resources are superb, and the former is essentially unlimited, thanks to the diverse group of artists that make up our graduate faculty. The conversations here have been some of the best and most productive I've had. Everyone is quite generous with their energy and ideas, which is essential for artistic growth." Taylor Sweeney, 2018


"The Tyler connection has only grown for me after leaving Philadelphia. Years later and across the country, the bonds between my peers are enriched by the differences in our post-Tyler lives while remaining rooted in the intimate and rigorous relationships formed during the program. Even in meeting Tyler students with whom I didn't study, I am continually impressed by a deep current of understanding that runs between us. The pressure-cooker atmosphere of the program sent me out of grad school, thankfully, with more questions and productive uncertainties in my practice than crystallized components.” John Emison, 2014


“The program helped me see the world as a dynamic structure and helped me consider how to re-articulate my experiences through multi-dimensional art and performance.” Michael K. Taylor, 2016


“I met some of the most important people in my life at Tyler. I met so many of the people who I work with now — on writing, curatorial and art making projects — through Tyler. In this way, the conversations and the practices that started there are ongoing.” Suzanne Seesman, 2012


“The faculty in the sculpture department are passionate — in their own work and in their student's work — about the potential for art to exist in the realm of the big problems, the creative solutions and the scary space in-between.” Adam Brody, 2013