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Support Awards for Outstanding GAID Students

Your gift will help support talented, hardworking design students by funding awards for graduating seniors, exceptional juniors going into their senior year, GAID juried exhibitions, and Interact, GAID's annual showcase of work from the interactive design courses. If you would like to make a donation to the Toby-Lim Sonstroem Award for Interactive Design, please select the "in memory" button and write Toby-Lim Sonstroem in the the space provided.

Follow these simple steps to make your gift:

1 Go to Temple University’s secure online giving form located on

2 Select “Tyler School of Art” from the first dropdown.

3 Select “Other” from the second dropdown.

4 In the field below, type in “The GAID Awards Fund.”


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BFA Program/Undergraduate

The Graphic & Interactive Design program at Tyler trains students in visual communication. Designers use creative combinations of ideas, art and technology to inform and influence specific audiences. The field includes corporate identity, packaging, publishing, advertising, signage, exhibition design and design for television, film, video, the world-wide-web and CD-ROM.

It is the goal of Tyler’s BFA program in design to challenge students to achieve the highest level of excellence in their work and to prepare them to enter the design profession immediately upon graduation. To this end students are evaluated by the exacting standards of the profession from the beginning of their design studies at Tyler. Because of this rigorous training, graduates from the program are sought out by studios and agencies around the country.

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:

To contact the Tyler Admissions Office for questions you may have about the program:

For more information about graphic design and the many opportunities within the design field: