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Moore College Of Art & Design
1916 Race Street
Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cross Street: 20th Street
General Information
Youth Programs for 1st-12th grade students. Moore College's youth programs seek to inspire the artistic potential in all youth in an exciting and challenging visual arts college environment.

Founded by Sarah Worthington Peter in 1848, Moore College of Art & Design is the first and only women's visual arts college in the nation. Established as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, the College continues to thrive on the promise of empoweringMoore College Exterior women to achieve financial independence by providing a quality, career-focused education.

Today, Moore celebrates its rich legacy. Sarah's original vision continues to drive the College's mission to educate women for careers in the visual arts. Though our first major was textile design, established during the Industrial Revolution, of which Philadelphia was the center of the College now offers 9 BFA programs including Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts with emphases in 2D and 3D, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography & Digital Arts.

In recent years, we have expanded our curriculum to include Post-Baccalaureate Programs in addition to Continuing Education programs for adults and youth. In 2009, Moore introduced three Graduate level programs.

  • Certifications: Our Certificate Programs and Art & Design Studios focus on providing adult men and women with significant options to expand personal and professional development in Moore's dynamic environment. Project-based learning in a select group of especially rewarding fields develops essential skills and fosters the re-envisioning of life and career goals.
  • Community: Life at Moore is each student's own creation. The campus collaborative environment is a place where students form friendships and networks that last a lifetime. Together, life at the College and in the City of Philadelphia provide endless opportunities for inspiration and interaction.
  • Social: Campus life extends into the city. Since the College is located on The Parkway in Center City, in the midst of Philadelphia's Museum District, Moore students have easy access to all the city has to offer. Diverse neighborhoods, shops and restaurants of every variety abound. Philadelphia itself, while a city, is also one big campus. There are more than a dozen colleges and universities within walking distance of Moore and Greater Philadelphia is home to more than 300,000 college students from across the country and around the world.

  • Graduate Programs: Three unique graduate programs at Moore prepare motivated men and women with the skills, knowledge and resources to become professional artists, designers and teachers. All three low-residency programs recognize the critical value of professional exposure and require a field practicum, internship or international studio residency. These programs emphasize critical thinking, innovation and the synthesis of theory and practice. Self-directed research and rigorous inquiry are key components.
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