One of the primary reasons for Tyler’s preeminent reputation among institutions of higher education is the collective record of achievement produced by its graduates. Tyler’s philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry, resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions.

Tyler graduate programs are intended for students whose work has achieved strong definition and who seek continued growth and education in their discipline. Admission to the program is highly selective.

Tyler’s internationally recognized graduate faculty brings a reputation for excellence in academic research, studio practice, and teaching with a broad range of attitudes and philosophic positions. The educational atmosphere at Tyler is characterized by a system of mentorship that encourages diversity, respect for individual direction, and a rigorous exchange of ideas and creative challenges. Tyler graduate students work closely with the faculty and contribute significantly to the life and strength of the school.

Tyler’s Exhibitions and Public Programs department provides another important educational tool. It operates one main gallery for professional and MFA thesis exhibitions and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery devoted to student work.

Tyler’s location in the northeast corridor is invaluable. Not only are the extensive art collections and institutions of Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. easily accessible, but the opportunities to complement Tyler’s faculty with an extensive program of visiting artists, critics, and scholars drawn from these cultural centers are unlimited.

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • February 27, 2017
  • 3:30pm

J.J. McCracken creates messy situations where performers grovel for access to resources. They are socially disconnected and eternally h...

  • April 09, 2014
  • 2:45pm

Please join us for a lecture by Philadelphia artist Adelaide Paul. Adelaide is a sculptor residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She ear...

  • March 31, 2014
  • 3:00pm

Please join is for a lecture by Wendy Gers, Curator of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale titled Ceramics Now: Art Design& Digital Mat...


  • The Tyler Carnival is Back!

    Free food. Inflatable rides. Temporary tattoos. Cotton Candy Stand. Did I mention free food? If any of those seem appealing to you, you should make your way to Tyler...

  • 7th Annual Clay Programs of Excellence Exhibition a Success!

    The 7th annual Clay Programs of Excellence: Philadelphia Area High Schools Exhibition, supported by a collaboration between Tyler's Ceramics and Art Education and Comm...

  • Penland Summer Scholarship Talk with Neil Patterson

    Please join Tyler Ceramics on Wednesday February 1st at 3pm in the Ceramics Piazza for a talk focused on scholarship opportunities at the Penland School of Craft. Neil...

  • Undergraduate
  • BFA in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

    In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple, Tyler School of Art offers BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies for all BFA major disciplines. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies is a 126 credit degree program integrating the disciplin... More More about BFA in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Kat Lee

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    Kat Lee is currently working in Strafford Pennsylvania at the Woodlyne School as the Middle & Upper School Art Teacher. Having graduated from Tyler School of Art in May 2014 with a BFA and a teaching certificate, Kat has been busy furthering her art practice.   In 2014 Kat was awarded the prestigious Windgate Fellowship, which has afforded her the opportunity to participate in the Teaching Assistantship Program at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee learning from Hiroe Hanazono and Lana Wilson.  With plans to complete research trips to London and Amsterdam this winter in conjunction to the Windgate Fellowship Kat is hoping to exhibit new studio work in Spring / Summer 2015. Regarding the education received at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Kat Lee says, “Without Tyler I would have not received the support I did; I was encouraged to test and fail and retest all of my curiosities.  It was a great institution to work in all aspects of art.” More

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    MFA Open Studios

    October 06, 2017

    Tyler's MFA studios will be open to the public Friday, October 6th from 5-9pm! Get a behind-the-scenes look at graduate student work and

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    J.J. McCracken Visiting Artist Lecture

    February 27, 2017

    J.J. McCracken creates messy situations where performers grovel for access to resources. They are socially disconnected and eternally h

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    Featured Event

    Tyler MFA Open Studios

    October 22, 2016

    The graduate students at Tyler School of Art, are participating in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, the largest tour of artist studios and

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    Craft NOW: Philadelphia Create

    November 18, 2015

    Tyler Ceramics Program Demonstrating at the Kimmel Center.   Students are demonstrating a 3D printer that they modified to print clay! 

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    Clay Programs of Excellence: Philadelphia Area High Schools

    January 07, 2016

    Come see the work of Philadelphia area high school ceramics students, many taught by Tyler alums! Students participating in the show will

    Del Harrow at Haw Contemporary

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    November 20, 2015

    This week we are pleased to welcome Del Harrow as a visiting artist to Tyler Ceramics! Harrow is represented by Haw Contemporary in Kansa

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    MFA Open Studios

    November 13, 2015

    Tyler School of Art will host its fourth annual MFA Open Studios on Friday, November 13th, 2015, from 4 - 8pm.  Graduate studios will be

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    Lisa Vinebaum Artist Talk

    October 26, 2015

    Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Her art practice incorporates performance, public and site s

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    Tyler Ceramics Faculty Emeritus, Rudolph Staffel and Bob Winokur @ The Clay Studio

    October 02, 2015

    Fellowship in Clay: Philadelphia’s American Craft Council Fellows: William Daley, Rudolf Staffel, Paula Winokur, Robert Winokur. First Fr

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    October 5, 2015

    Crafts Graduate Seminar class welcomed Curator Danny Orendorff to hear about his curatorial experience, participate in a round table disc

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    Philadelphia Sculpture Gym: Te(a)ch Exhibition

    April 03, 2015

    First Friday in April! Come check out some amazing work Philadelphia Sculpture Gym's  Te(a)ch exhibition! They have techs representing PA

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    Clay Programs of Excellence in Philadelphia Area High Schools, 2015

    January 07, 2015

    Art Education and Community Arts Practices Department and the Craft Department's Ceramics Program were thrilled to host Philadelphia Area

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    In Fall 2014 Jill Allen has joined the Tyler School of Art as an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics.

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    Adelaide Paul
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    Adelaide Paul Lecture

    April 09, 2014

    Please join us for a lecture by Philadelphia artist Adelaide Paul. Adelaide is a sculptor residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She ear

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    Wendy Gers Lecture

    March 31, 2014

    Please join is for a lecture by Wendy Gers, Curator of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale titled Ceramics Now: Art Design& Digital Mat

    Laura Ashley Vase
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    Laura Ashley and Jordan McDonald Demonstration and Lecture

    April 02, 2014

    Laura Ashley and Jordan McDonald will be demomstrating their studio processes and presenting a lecture about their work at 2:30 p.m.