Degrees Offered

BFA in Sculpture

Students entering Tyler’s BFA program in Sculpture quickly find that they are part of a community of working artists. Faculty who are all practicing artists, graduate students in one of the School’s top-ranked MFA programs, visiting artists, critics, authors, gallery owners, and curators all play a significant role in exposing undergraduate sculpture students to the challenges and rewards of an art career. The program takes an open point of view to the practice of sculpture, with a solid emphasis on acquiring the practical skills necessary to build a lifelong career as an artist. “The openness of our area encourages hybrid interpretations of sculpture,” says Program Head Jude Tallichet. “Students work in a variety of media that range from wood and metal to sound, video, and performance. The incredible variety of media and diversity of coursework available to them is inspiring. The field has become more and more interdisciplinary, and through our approach we are preparing our students to enter the field as practicing sculptors.”

The rigorous program emphasizes critical thinking in all aspects of the creative process. 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 a wide 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 Sculpture. 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 public art with video, sound, and digital imaging.

In addition to the many opportunities on campus, many Sculpture undergraduates also take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or year at Temple Rome, Temple’s eminent and longstanding program in the Eternal City.

The Sculpture program is housed in a large facility that includes complete woodshop, metal fabrication shop, plaster and mold-making facilities, and sound, video and projection equipment. Undergraduate majors are provided with semi-private, 24-hour access studios beginning in their junior year.

BFA in Sculpture 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 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 Sculpture

Our acclaimed program cultivates a dynamic community that is recognized for its excellence, rigorous practice, and intensity. Students are exposed to and work alongside some of todays’ vital national and international cultural producers, including faculty, visiting artists, critics, theorists and curators.

Exploration, malleability, intellectual commitment and unabashed experimentation are hallmarks of Tyler’s Sculpture Department. Wide-ranging approaches to sculpture are practiced by our students, including object- and material-based work, sound, performance, new technologies, social practice, installation, public art, web-based pursuits and film/video.

The department and graduate studios are housed in a spacious, well-equipped facility. Students can also work and create in an array of specialized shops throughout the Tyler building. Access to research departments throughout Temple University further enriches our students' practices, creating theoretical, philosophical and concrete linkages between art and the world.

MFA candidates regularly explore Philadelphia’s many historic and contemporary cultural and art institutions and visit museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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The Sculpture Department at Tyler School of Art guarantees one full year of funding for each admitted graduate student through Teaching Assistantships. This assistantship offers complete tuition remission and a livable monthly stipend. Many of our incoming graduate students are awarded a second year of funding (full tuition remission and stipend) through University, Presidential and/or Future Faculty Fellowships, in addition to assistantships in Temple Contemporary Gallery and the 3D Foundations Department.

 

Graduate students can apply for Dean’s Grants to fund creative work. In addition, second year graduate students are eligible for Project Completion Grants of up to $10,000. 

 

The Kabakov Fellowship in Sculpture is an honorary grant given each year for past excellence and future promise to a Tyler School of Art Sculpture student who has received and MFA within the last three years. Given by the faculty and dean, the Kabakov Fellowship aids the financial needs of the recipient’s transition from the academic to professional studio practice.

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"Tyler is an exceptional community for artmaking and research. The intellectual and practical resources are superb, and the former is essentially unlimited, thanks to the diverse group of artists that make up our graduate faculty. The conversations here have been some of the best and most productive I've had. Everyone is quite generous with their energy and ideas, which is essential for artistic growth." Taylor Sweeney, 2018

 

"The Tyler connection has only grown for me after leaving Philadelphia. Years later and across the country, the bonds between my peers are enriched by the differences in our post-Tyler lives while remaining rooted in the intimate and rigorous relationships formed during the program. Even in meeting Tyler students with whom I didn't study, I am continually impressed by a deep current of understanding that runs between us. The pressure-cooker atmosphere of the program sent me out of grad school, thankfully, with more questions and productive uncertainties in my practice than crystallized components.” John Emison, 2014

 

“The program helped me see the world as a dynamic structure and helped me consider how to re-articulate my experiences through multi-dimensional art and performance.” Michael K. Taylor, 2016

 

“I met some of the most important people in my life at Tyler. I met so many of the people who I work with now — on writing, curatorial and art making projects — through Tyler. In this way, the conversations and the practices that started there are ongoing.” Suzanne Seesman, 2012

 

“The faculty in the sculpture department are passionate — in their own work and in their student's work — about the potential for art to exist in the realm of the big problems, the creative solutions and the scary space in-between.” Adam Brody, 2013