Tyler School of Art
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art, usually just referred to as Tyler School of Art is Temple University's school of art, located on a separate campus in the Elkins Park community in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States and offering BFA and MFA degrees. The school was founded by sculptors Stella Elkins Tyler (of the Widener family) and Boris Blai.
The Tyler curriculum encompasses programs in the fine arts, crafts, design, art history, art education, and architecture. Tyler students work with a faculty who are dedicated teachers, accomplished studio artists, and highly respected scholars.
The architecture program, while part of the Tyler name, is located on the Temple main campus, rather than with the rest of the Tyler program. Despite protests from alumni, faculty and students, a new building for Tyler is under construction on the Temple campus, and all of Elkins Park programs will move to the new building in January 2009.
One of the things that makes Tyler the same as other art schools is the requirement of a Foundation year. Studies for the BFA degree at Tyler begin with a common freshman experience, the Foundation Year. During this year, students are enrolled in studio courses in Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Principles, and Foundation Computer. The Foundation Program is highly structured and intensive. It forms the fundamental basis for studio practice, critical thinking, and the understanding and implementation of principles of visual art expression. The program emphasizes creative and critical thinking, problem solving, visual thinking, perception and observation, as well as presenting traditional vocabulary, theory, media, and techniques of artistic practice. The Foundation Faculty is composed of faculty from all major areas in the School, providing freshmen with a broad perspective and diverse points of view from which to build their experience as artists.
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