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.

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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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Students at the 2019 Tyler School of Art Commencement ceremony hold up their class gift—a print of an original work of art from distinguished alum, artist and activist Edgar Heap of Birds, MFA ‘79

Tyler grads earn unique "diplomas"

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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: 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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