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GAID at Tyler School of Art is known for the quality and rigor of its BFA and MFA programs. GAID’s mission is to educate designers who aspire to practice design for communication at the most creative levels of the profession. Tyler’s graduates are working in all areas of the design industry.

The GAID facilities in Tyler’s new home on Temple’s main campus are spacious and state-of-the art. Tyler students have ready access to a rich array of academic courses. The proximity to students from Temple’s many programs in academics and the arts offers the breadth of experience that is essential to the designer’s education.

Courses in the BFA program introduce students to an extensive design vocabulary and instruct them in skills they need for the successful execution of creative ideas. Students receive instruction from faculty who are practicing graphic and interactive designers with established reputations in the field. The design curriculum emphasizes the preparation of students for the demands of design practice while encouraging a personal direction in their work. Senior courses focus on the development of a body of work that is assembled into a final portfolio.

GAID majors have access to dedicated studios with hardware and software that meet current industry standards. The curriculum allows students to develop work in both print and interactive design. The Senior Portfolio course, required for all GAID majors, focuses on the development and presentation of a professional portfolio and advises students about career opportunities in the field.

For more information about GAID’s undergraduate program, including requirements:

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Enrolled Students

35,000 students

Tuition Undergraduate

Lower Division: Full-time Pennsylvania Residents: $17,276, Full-time Out-of-State Residents: $28,616. Upper Division (more than 60 earned credits): Full-time Pennsylvania Residents: $17,676, Out-of-State Residents: $29,016.

Tuition Graduate

Pennsylvania Residents: $780 (per credit hour), Out-of-State Residents: $1,072 (per credit hour).

Notable Sponsors

Irvin J. Borowsky and Laurie Wagman, two of Philadelphia’s most noted art collectors and patrons.


BA, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MArch and Ph.D.


The Tyler School of Art offers merit-based and merit/financial need-based portfolio scholarships. Applicants to Tyler undergraduate programs are encouraged to submit materials for portfolio scholarship consideration. Generally, at least twenty portfolio scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students entering Tyler in the fall semester, with amounts ranging from one-time $1,000 awards to full tuition. Portfolio scholarships are awarded to full-time, incoming Tyler undergraduate students.

Financial Aid

In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awards are based on financial need, availability of funds and the number of eligible applicants. A typical financial aid package may consist of grants, loans and work-study opportunities.

Undergraduate Programs

At the Tyler School of Art, undergraduate programs include Architectural Preservation, Architecture, Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Community Arts Practices, Facilities Management, Fibers & Material Studies, Foundations, Glass, Graphic & Interactive Design, Metals/Jewelry/Cad-Cam, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Visual Studies.

Graduate Programs

At the Tyler School of Art, graduate programs include Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Fibers & Material Studies, Glass, Graphic & Interactive Design, Metals/Jewelry/ Cad-Cam, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Continuing Education

Continuing education programs for adults include summer workshops and weekend workshops. Summer workshops include sketchbook workshops, ceramic surface design workshops, darkroom photography workshops, glass workshops, material/3D studio workshops and surface, structure and space workshops. Adults are eligible to earn a total of 48 credits.

On Campus Clubs

There are over 100 on campus clubs and organizations available at Temple, which are interest-oriented, multicultural, artistic, pre-professional, political, athletic, religious and volunteer-based.

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