Degrees Offered

BFA in Painting

From day one, students entering Tyler’s BFA program in Painting become part of the working world of art. Faculty who are all practicing artists, graduate students in the School’s top-ranked MFA program, visiting artists, critics, authors, gallery owners, and curators all play a role in exposing the majors to the challenges and rewards of an art career. The program is rigorous and critical but also nurturing, and the kind of respect that students have for each other is a very consistent, healthy aspect of the department.

The BFA program focuses on studio practice as a career, and encourages students to explore and hone a variety of techniques while developing their own personal visions. Through both studio and seminar courses, faculty members present a range of skills and concepts essential to artistic development. Each semester, instructors expose students to awide variety of contemporary viewpoints complemented by frequent visits to museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Tyler’s highly regarded Critical Dialogues series provides an added dimension to the undergraduate experience in Painting. The series regularly brings nationally known artists, critics, and authors to campus to present their work, lead discussions, and critique student pieces. Students are also encouraged to pursue creative collaborations with faculty and students in other media at Tyler and Temple. Recent interdisciplinary projects have meshed painting with video, sound, and digital imaging.

In addition to the many opportunities on campus, most Painting undergraduates in their junior year also take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at Temple Rome, Temple’s eminent and longstanding program in the Eternal City. The department is also invited to nominate students for the prestigious Yale/Norfolk Summer Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing. All of this activity exposes Tyler undergraduates to the real working world of art and gives them the best foundation possible as they continue to build their careers.

BFA in Painting with Entrepreneurial Studies

In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple, Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies for all BFA major disciplines. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies is a 126 credit degree program integrating the disciplines of art and entrepreneurship. Program coursework includes 68 credit hours of art and art/related courses (which includes a 3-credit Tyler business, entrepreneurship or internship course); 14 credits of art history; 32 credits of Gen Ed; 3 credits of open electives and nine credits of Fox entreprenuership coursework. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies prepares students with the requisite skills for entrepreneurship in their respective studio discipline and necessary preparation to pursue graduate studies in their studio discipline, in entrepreneurship, or in similar professions upon graduation.

MFA in Painting

As one of the top 10 programs in the country, Tyler’s MFA in Painting is widely known for its superb quality, rigor, and the success of its alumni and faculty. What may not be as familiar is the fact that at this distinguished program’s core is an extremely supportive community of artists.

They share this intensity with a dedicated faculty of practicing artists who encourage students to use the discipline’s rich history as a springboard to new work that is distinctly individual. Along with applicants from the US the applicant pool is from all over the world, places like Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Great Britain, India, Japan, Kazakhstan. Some prospective students are straight from undergrad programs, some with working experience, all with clear personal vision. The aim is to build a class with true diversity of background, in order to fuel a dynamic program that encompasses many different approaches to studio practice.

The program’s emphasis is on creating professional artists, and graduates of the program have made significant contributions to the discipline as artists, curators and gallerists. Students are exposed to many aspects of the field through the notable Critical Dialogues Lecture Series. Central to the program, Critical Dialogues brings artists, curators, and critics to the campus every Wednesday for a public lecture followed by critiques with the graduate students in painting, drawing, and sculpture. In the fall semester, the Painting Seminar course takes students to visit galleries and studios in New York every other Saturday.

In addition to the many opportunities to explore the field on campus, Painting MFA candidates are also encouraged to spend a semester or one of their two years at Temple Rome, Temple’s prestigious and longstanding study abroad program, or spend a summer in Italy through the Rome Graduate Seminar in Aesthetics and Cultural Studies.

All of these experiences are designed to provide students with an understanding of the broad cultural and historical context in which art is made and experienced. Perhaps best is the real sense of artistic community enjoyed by the students.

MFA painters at Tyler have received some of the most distinguished awards in the field including the Jacob Javits Fellowship, the Dedalus Foundation Grant, Jack Kent Cook Fellowship, Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, and Skowhegan Fellowship.