Tyler’s philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry, resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions. Students have access to state of the art facilities and tools while enjoying an interdisciplinary education. The program provides weekly contact with major faculty, ongoing informal critiques with faculty, formal critiques and evaluations twice a semester, and an interdisciplinary graduate thesis committee. There are also significant teaching opportunities and study abroad programs available in Rome, Japan, India, and Scotland, among others.
The visiting artists seminar enhances the curriculum by bringing nationally renowned artists and critics working in a variety of media and venues to the campus for lectures, workshops, and student tutorials on a weekly basis. In addition to the visiting artists invited to the campus, the surrounding community itself is rich with opportunities in the visual and performing arts. Philadelphia is home to an active, contemporary art scene that includes internationally renowned museums, commercial galleries, art centers, and residency programs. Coupled with the close proximity to New York City, our graduate students find that they have easy access to some of the most important research resources in contemporary art.
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Nicholas Kripal, professor, chair of crafts department, head of
Left: W.S. Variation #5,
Chad Curtis, assistant professor of ceramics, holds a BFA from
Left: Popup Camper with Tree, 45 in. (114 cm) in height,
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The urban Philadelphia setting and amazing new
facilities are the reasons I initially chose Tyler. I find that the
faculty’s involvement in challenging my mind and the work I create is
why I love this program. Being pushed to use my ceramic knowledge in
whatever media I need, and to do this in an intelligent way, is the
backbone of the program.
I knew as an undergraduate that I wanted to continue
into a graduate program, so I took only a year off in order to research
schools and focus on making my application competitive. I chose to
study here because The Tyler School of Art offers an interdisciplinary
approach to art making in a city with a rich art culture.
I took seven years off before attending graduate
school. Now I’m using my time in school to develop a keen understanding
of where my work fits in terms of space, venue, and audience. After
graduate school, I intend to pursue residency opportunities and
part-time university teaching positions.
I was out of school for two years before I went back to
get my MFA. I chose Tyler because it has great faculty and it is
located in a city that has a lot of resources and an interesting art