Studies for the BFA degree at Tyler begin with a common freshman experience, the Foundation Year. During this year, students are enrolled in studio courses in Drawing, 2D and 3D Principles, and Introduction to Art and Design. 

The Foundation Program is highly structured and intensive. It forms the fundamental basis for studio practice, critical thinking, and the understanding and implementation of principles of visual art expression. The program emphasizes creative and critical thinking, problem solving, visual thinking, perception and observation, as well as presenting traditional vocabulary, theory, media, and techniques of artistic practice. The Foundation Faculty is comprised of faculty from all major areas in the School, providing freshmen with a broad perspective and diverse points of view from which to build their experience as artists.

Upcoming Events

  • May 09, 2019
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The Temple University Commencement Ceremony takes place at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia. This is a University-wide...

  • May 10, 2019
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The Tyler School of Art congratulates and honors its class of 2019 in a school-wide ceremony in McGongigle Hall - 1800 North Broad Street...


  • Buy Shaver site specific exhibition

    “ Matter”, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, OCT 29 DEC 10, 2018. A site specific exhibition pairing the sculpture of Michael Grothusen and tex...

  • Tyler Carnival Succeeds Yet Again

    With the school year coming to an end, students have been looking for ways to unwind and celebrate completed projects, finished finals and for some, graduation. The Ty...

  • Student interview

      Jarrah May- It seems like you've lived everywhere. Is that true? I was born in Arlington, VA, but the entire timeline of moves is like this: 1. Chennai, India...

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    Student Jarrah May in studio

    Student interview

    April 6, 2018

      Jarrah May- It seems like you've lived everywhere. Is that true?

    Students looking at Foundation Show

    2018 Foundation Exhibition

    Encompasses studio work from artists in the Drawing, 2D, 3D, and Visual Studies classes in the Tyler BFA, Visual Studies and Art Education Programs. 

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    Matthew Colaizzo in studio

    Matthew Colaizzo - Artist in Residence

    In the Spring of 2017 Matthew Colaizzo was an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Located high in the Rocky Mountains, close to Aspen, the area is a big tourist destination for skiers and visitors looking to be immersed in the scenic beauty. This culture often overshadows the area’s history of mining and natural resource extraction. While at the residency, Colaizzo’s research drew heavily on these altered landscapes of strip mines, marble quarries, gypsum mines, concrete and gravel plants, and wind farms. Playing with the idea of “scenic,” his work focuses on large scale woodblock prints of landscapes that appear to be grand mountains; but after further investigation, it is revealed that this “view” is nothing more than rubble piles and excavated earth.

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    Be A Sport
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    Be A Sport

    July 02, 2015

    Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies,has work included in The Art Gallery of Mississauga's exhibition Be a Sport, which

    A sketch of a knife Jacob made

    Student Interview: Jacob Kevra

    April 8, 2015

    1. Tell me about yourself. My name is Jacob Kevra, and I like to make jewelry, work with metal and leather, and most importantly make kni

    Sarah Demer and her work

    Student Foundation Award: Sarah Demers

    March 30, 2015

    The Foundation Program has awarded three students one of the three Dean’s Foundation Awards. Students are selected by a faculty jury and