Visual Studies

The BA in Visual Studies program is ideal for students who want to utilize the resources of a larger university and the excellence of Tyler’s studio traditions. Students develop skills as makers and thinkers by taking an equal ratio of studio and academic classes that foster critical awareness of how society is reflected and produced through visual means in the twenty-first century. 

By making work and interpreting images from art, photography, film, television and commercial imagery, students learn to analyze visual communication from a variety of aesthetic, theoretical, scientific, economic, sociological and historical viewpoints. Interdisciplinary studio and academic classes are required. The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies enables students to organize multiple approaches to visual thinking that cut across various disciplines into a logical whole. Visual Studies students will have the curricular flexibility to pursue other academic interests and extracurricular activities with greater intensity, as well as to pursue explorations in the theoretical and technical aspects of art making within an interdisciplinary studio practice.

Upcoming Events

  • May 09, 2019
  • 9:30am

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

  • May 10, 2019
  • 10:00am

The Tyler School of Art congratulates and honors its class of 2019 in a school-wide ceremony in McGonigle Hall - 1800 North Broad Street....

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • October 02, 2014
  • 6:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6pm Temple Contemporary Palestinian artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir addresses exile and violence through multi-medi...


  • The Tyler Carnival is Back!

    Free food. Inflatable rides. Temporary tattoos. Cotton Candy Stand. Did I mention free food? If any of those seem appealing to you, you should make your way to Tyler...

  • Call for Submissions! Tyler Continuing Education 2017 Summer Poster

    Tyler Continuing Education is looking for artwork submissions from the Tyler student body for our 2017 Pre-College Summer Programs Poster.  All media and styles are ...

  • Leah Modigliani Solo Exhibition at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

    Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies, has a solo exhibition of new work on display at Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edwar...

  • Undergraduate
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    Featured Event

    Tyler Annual Show: Closing Reception

    March 28, 2019

    2019 Tyler Annual Show The Tyler Annual Show is a school-wide exhibition highlighting Tyler undergraduate artwork being made across all d

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    Critical Dialogue Series: B.Wurtz

    January 23, 2019

    1973, Bill Wurtz—better known as B. Wurtz—made a text drawing titled Three Important Things, which simply read: “sleeping, eating, keepin

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    Critical Dialogue Series: Jace Clayton

    April 10, 2019

    Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in Manhattan, also known for his work as DJ /rupture. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approa

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    Critical Dialogue Series: Caitlin Cherry

    April 03, 2019

    Caitlin Cherry was born in Chicago in 1987; she now lives and works in Brooklyn. In a practice that combines painting, sculpture, and ins

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    Critical Dialogue Series: Jennifer Packer

    March 21, 2019

    Jennifer Packer was born in Philadelphia, and received her BFA from the Tyler University School of Art in 2007, and her MFA from the Yale

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    Critical Dialogue Series: Joanne Greenbaum

    January 30, 2019

    Joanne Greenbaum (b. 1953, New York, NY) earned a BA from Bard College, Annadale-on- Hudson, NY. Over the past twenty years, Joanne Green

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    The Fall Thesis Exhibitions in the Printmaking Area Kick-off next week!

    October 25, 2015

    Next week marks the start of our fall thesis exhibition season in the Printmaking gallery with Lifting Shadows a show by Lindsay Thomson.

    Ebony Patterson
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    Ebony Patterson Artist Talk

    October 19, 2015

    Ebony Patterson's Artist Statement:

    MacPhee work
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    Art in/of the Street: A Public Conversation with Ganzeer and Josh MacPhee

    April 08, 2015

    This event is sponsored Visual Studies Producing Space Lecture Series at Tyler School of Art, Temple University General Activities Fund,

    Source press photo used as a reference for April 27, 1972, University of Pennsylvania
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    Leah Modigliani Solo Exhibition April 27, 1972, University of Pennsylvania, opens at Vox Populi May 1 - 31

    May 01, 2015

    Dr. Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Studies will be presenting a new sculptural installation at Vox P

     New Art Examiner/Mierle Laderman Ukeles piece
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    Visual Studies Producing Space Lecture Series Presents Megan Whitmarsh

    March 09, 2015

    Visual Studies is proud to present a lecture by Los Angeles artist Megan Whitmarsh about her work on Monday March 9 at 12pm in room B89.

    Work sample of Rhiannon Bell
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    "I Do This Weird Thing... " a collaboration between the Visual Studies Curatorial Lab and Tyler School of Art

    November 19, 2014

    Beginning as a collaborative effort to explore the hands-on practice of curatorial work and exhibition design, the Curatorial Lab became

    Emily Jacir event information
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    Emily Jacir

    October 02, 2014

    Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6pm Temple Contemporary Palestinian artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir addresses exile and violence through multi-medi

    Light beam swirling above a vacant parking lot
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    Obsolete Technologies? – Artist Talk by Lee Montgomery

    March 25, 2014

    Obsolete Technologies? – Artist Talk by Lee Montgomery 5:30 PM Tues, March 25 Arch 104 / Free and open to the public Drone Light-Mapping