Undergraduate Admissions

All applicants must submit a Temple University undergraduate application, indicating Tyler and major where appropriate. Temple University accepts the Common Application or applicants can submit the Temple University application online. Temple University Undergraduate Admissions reviews all academic credentials upon the receipt of the completed application (including portfolio review), fee, transcripts, and test scores.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange a portfolio review for the appropriate program. General academic guidelines for admission are found at the Temple Admissions web site. International students will find complete information and a special application at the Temple Undergraduate Admissions web site. Specific Tyler requirements, including portfolio requirements, can be found on that program's specific page (see gray bar at top of this page) or by calling 215.777.9090.

Tyler has a policy of rolling admissions. Notification of a decision for admission is furnished through Temple Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible after all credentials have been received and the application is completed. Application and scholarships deadlines are posted and updated at both the Temple and Tyler web sites.

Checking Your Application Status

Applicants receive an AccessNet Username and TU Secure Password which can be used to check your application status by logging into the TUportal application system. Undergraduate applicants can get their AccessNet username or password at the following web site: https://tuhelp.temple.edu.

Temple Students Looking to Take Classes or Change to a Tyler Major

Temple University students looking to take a class or change their major should contact the office of admissions at tylerart@temple.edu, 215.777.9090 or by stopping by the admissions suite to discuss the options and process for their particular interests.


All students who have attended Tyler and wish to be considered for readmission (re-enrollment) must fill out the request to re-enroll form available at Temple University’s Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. Students should also contact the Tyler Admissions Office for more information at 215-777-9090.

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    Bachelor of Fine Arts

    Bachelor of Fine Arts and BFA with Entrepreneurship programs of study: Ceramics, Glass, Fibers & Material Studies, Graphic & Interactive Design, Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Freshman apply to the BFA program as undeclared and declare a major going into their third year; transfer applicants may either apply as undeclared or select a specific BFA major depending on their studio placement.

    Application Requirements
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    Architecture, Architectural Preservation, Facilities Management: all new undergraduate BS degrees will begin with the common Architecture Undeclared curriculum which comprises the first 2 years of study. Places in the freshman year of this program are limited to 100.

    Application Requirements
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    Art Education

    After completing the Temple online application, applicants must complete a required drawing exercise and a written essay and must submit a portfolio for consideration for admission.

    Application Requirements
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    Art History

    The BA in Art History program does not require a portfolio review for freshman admission unless a student has taken studio art coursework at the college level and is seeking studio equivalency credit.

    Application Requirements
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    Admission to the Art Therapy Program is based on a review of academic credentials and portfolio review.

    Application Requirements
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    Landscape Architecture & Horticulture

    All applicants must submit a Temple University undergraduate application. Applications may be submitted online or downloaded from the Temple Undergraduate Admissions. Temple University Undergraduate Admissions reviews all academic credentials upon the receipt of the completed application, fee, transcripts, and test scores. A portfolio is not required for this program.

    Application Requirements
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    Planning & Community Development

    The BS in Community Development empowers students as leaders guiding community revitalization in collaboration with residents and other stakeholders. A portfolio is not required for this program.

    Application Requirements
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    Visual Studies

    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.

    Application Requirements
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    Temple Japan - Art

    Applications for the BA Art program at Temple's Japan campus are handled directly through the program. For the most up to date admissions information, please visit their site directly via the link below.

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    Scholarship Application

    All incoming undergraduate Tyler applicants for the Fall semester are eligible for participation in the portfolio scholarship competition. Freshman BFA, VS and Art Ed students must pass a review before February 1st. Transfer BFA, VS and Art Ed students must submit their portfolio on SlideRoom before February 1st. All scholarship applicants must also submit an original physical self-portrait to us by February 1st.

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Pre-College Programs

For more than 25 years, Tyler School of Art has offered non-credit studio workshops designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate, and advanced level high school and adult learners. You will find a wide spectrum of hands-on studio workshops.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are based on a variety of factors, including the student's program, student level (undergraduate/graduate), residency and credit hours.