Tyler Glass is ranked #2 in MFA programs by U.S. News and World Report. The glass facilities at Tyler are excellent resources for your artistic, conceptual, and technical development. In the Glass Program, the studios are designed for extensive research and the creation of works in all areas of glass blowing, casting, fusing, kiln working, and flameworking. As a junior and senior glass major, you will have dedicated studio space and be encouraged to pursue personal exploration and development in any or all of these areas as they relate to your ideas and sensibilities.
Due to the complex nature of materials and processes involved in these majors, the curriculum incorporates aspects of chemistry, state-of-the-art technology, and kiln and furnace design/construction. You are encouraged to use a wide range of materials and methods that have been applied in both traditional and contemporary contexts.
Tyler's Ceramics/Glass faculty are members of the Philadelphia Ceramic Consortium, the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, the American Crafts Council, and the Glass Arts Society. These associations enhance the curriculum by providing an extensive program of visiting artists, workshops, and guest lecturers. In addition, the Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist/Lecture Series in Glass provides an active visiting artist program for students and results in numerous opportunities to experience the work of a wide variety of professional artists.
The Glass Program has arranged scholarships at the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at Corning, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Urban Glass. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding majors in the Glass Program.
The graduate program in Glass seeks students with a strong undergraduate background within the traditions of glass and the desire to pursue a contemporary conceptual approach to glass and other media. Students are expected to demonstrate both conceptual and technical excellence in a given area, as well as a profound interest in search and experimentation.
The program's philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry and resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions. As such, the curriculum is enhanced by a Visiting Artists Seminar, an outstanding resource which brings nationally renowned artists and critics working in a variety of media and venues to the campus for lectures, workshops, and student tutorials. This course provides access to the work and ideas of professional artists, demonstrating firsthand the interconnected network of education galleries and public art. Students are encouraged to attend the myriad artists' presentations hosted by various Tyler departments as a way of broadening and enhancing their experience.
In addition to the visiting artists invited to the campus, the surrounding community itself is rich with opportunities in the visual and performing arts. Philadelphia is home to an active, contemporary art scene that includes internationally renowned museums, commercial galleries, art centers, and residency programs. Coupled with the close proximity to New York City, our graduate students find that they have easy access to some of the most important research resources in contemporary art.
Our graduate students in Glass enjoy a high level of excellence within the student peer group based upon a very competitive selection process. The Tyler studios and facilities are well equipped and professionally maintained, and students work together as colleagues and critics. The graduate faculty is comprised of a diverse group of practicing artists with a broad range of experience in a variety of disciplines; committed educators and professional working artists, they possess active exhibition records and are recipients of numerous prestigious awards.