Graphic & Interactive Design


The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Graphic & Interactive Design (GAID) Department prepares students for careers in design and encourages students to strive to become leaders in the field. Students learn to create memorable experiences, gain the ability to communicate effectively to solve complex problems, and use their visual voices to open minds and address social and cultural issues.

Mentored by a passionate, award-winning faculty, Tyler GAID majors experiment and create original, human-centered and research-driven concepts across all areas of visual design, including branding, typography, packaging, illustration, digital media, virtual reality and experiential design. Students find and hone their unique voices and have opportunities to wield their design expertise across Philadelphia—a city that’s a living laboratory for design-driven solutions and host to a booming design community with one of the largest national chapters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)—as well as nationally and internationally.

Students and faculty have been featured in numerous national and international design competitions and publications, and have won many awards and honors. Leveraging robust faculty and alumni networks, graduates find employment in studios and agencies around the country as well as abroad in areas that include:

  • Design studios
  • User-experience (UX) and user-interface (UI) design firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Streaming platforms and network television
  • Music industry and digital services
  • Motion and experiential design studios
  • Packaging design
  • Fortune 500 technology companies
  • Advertising agencies
  • Illustration entrepreneurs and start-up design businesses

Some of the companies that our students have worked at include Anheuser-Busch; Chronicle Books; Google; Hallmark; MTV; The New York Times; Nickelodeon; Pentagram; the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL); Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB); Simon and Schuster; Spotify; URBN; and Vanguard.


  • Access to Adobe Creative Cloud and other industry-standard software.
  • Support available to experiment with emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, blended reality and video game design.
  • A dedicated printing and production studio; a large, open space for interdisciplinary collaborative projects; individual work stations for making; and flat files for storage
  • Access to the Tyler digital fabrication studio and additional printing facilities
  • Access to the specialists, technology and resources of Temple—a leading public research university

Visiting artists and lecturers
Tyler GAID brings leading designers, illustrators and thinkers to enrich the student experience, providing workshops, presentations and one-on-one interactions for students. Over the years Tyler has hosted Louise Fili, Josh Goldblum, Jessica Hische, Kyree Holmes, Brad Johnson, Zach Lieberman, Andrea Pippins, Robynne Raye, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, David Dylan Thomas, Roberto de Vicq, James Victore and Loveis Wise.

The Hatchery
The most notable graphic designers today all have one thing in common—hustle. In The Hatchery, design students get to taste creative agency and entrepreneurship by bringing their ideas to market and working directly with clients. Semester-long experiences provide opportunities for hands-on problem solving and real-world projects.

In the past, students have created their own brands and sold their own products in addition to collaborating with companies and organizations like Boldfaced Goods, Career Wardrobe, Genuine Fred, Hallmark, Temple Law, Tyler’s Alumni Association and Victory Brewing Company.


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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • January 27, 2021
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Heather Raquel Phillips’ creates critical and celebratory disruptions that welcomes conversations about power, deviance, failure and desi...

  • February 03, 2021
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  • February 10, 2021
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Hailing from Scotland, Michelle Millar Fisher has worked as an educator, curator and historian in US museums including the Museum of Mode...


  • Tyler News Round Up September/October 2020

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  • Tyler Graphic & Interactive Design alumni show transformative work in "We the Women" poster exhibition

    Come experience the work of Tyler alumni and other artists at the We the Women Poster Exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia from Wednesday, Octobe...

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  • BFA in Graphic & Interactive Design with Entrepreneurial Studies

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    Alumni Spotlight

    Andrea Pippins

    Alumni Andrea Pippins

    Andrea Pippins is an artist and author with a background in graphic design. With her BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler, Andrea spent time designing professionally at Hallmark Cards and TV Land/Nick@ Nite Networks before returning to school to pursue her MFA at Temple University, Tyler School of Art and Architecture. During her professional career, her work has been published in well-known publications such as Anthology Magazine,, Essence Magaziine, The Huffington Post, and O Magazine. Andrea currently works as a freelance designer and illustrator (having designed for clients like Lenny Letter, Adobe, Free People, Hallmark Cards and the National Museum of African American History and Culture while producing content for her fashion, art and design blog, Fly. Andrea’s blog is a resource to inspire young women to pursue their creative passions. More