MFA at Tyler: In-depth, Adaptable, Interconnected

JUNE 3RD, 2020. CECIL B. MOORE AVE AND BROAD ST (2020) by Isaac Scott; digital photograph. Winner of the 2021 National Magazine Award for Feature Photography in The New Yorker.


As an MFA student at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, you’ll be challenged to exceed your own expectations as a creator by an inclusive community who share your curiosity and desire to effect positive social change.

You’ll have access to one-on-one mentorship from a faculty of accomplished practitioners; a small, close-knit peer group; the resources of a large research university; unparalleled facilities; the opportunities of Philadelphia, an affordable arts center; and a network of influential alumni.

New MFA Curriculum
Tyler’s newly revised MFA curriculum offers a combination of rigorous, in-depth study in your specific program and cross-disciplinary courses. You can craft your graduate committee from the many disciplines available in the Tyler and Temple communities.

Supplement your MFA
As a Tyler graduate student, you’ll have access to special programs and courses, including Temple’s Teaching in Higher Education and Cultural Analytics certificates, and courses in arts management.

Funding Opportunities
Tyler and Temple offer a range of generous funding opportunities for incoming and continuing students, to support your creative research, allowing you to act and think big in ways that are meaningful to your education and how your work will impact the world in the future.

MFA degree programs in the studio arts

Application deadlines

  • December 15 (international)
  • January 6 (U.S.)

Learn more about the application process here.

Explore MFA Work in Tyler's MFA Catalogs
Since 2012, the Tyler School or Art and Architecture's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) catalogs have been the product of a unique collaboration between its graduating MFA students and its continuing art history students.

Each MFA student is paired with an art historian, with the latter writing the text accompanying the entry of each graduating artist or designer. We invite you to explore the creative and scholarly work of our students from each catalog since Tyler launched this interdisciplinary partnership.


Explore the 2020 catalog:

Explore previous MFA catalogs:

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012