After receiving acceptance letters from several area colleges, Aliyah Pair was considering a move to New York City. But without the funds to attend the college she wanted, she decided to enroll at the Delaware College of Art & Design (DCAD), which offers a two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree and transfer opportunities.
Two years later, with an Interior Design degree in hand and a budding interest in museum design, Pair was ready to complete her bachelor’s degree. She received a scholarship from a DCAD faculty member, awarded annually to an Interior Design student who is accepted at Moore.
Since Moore and DCAD have an articulation agreement for Interior Design, all of Pair’s credits transferred and she enrolled as a junior in the Interior Design program, with a minor in Curatorial Studies.
“I was ok with DCAD being a two-year school because I had heard so many success stories about the transferring process,” she said. “I also had two friends from DCAD who were already at Moore. They let me check out the studios and projects they were working on. I really loved that I could minor in Curatorial Studies because curating is something I wanted to do that wasn’t offered at DCAD.”
With a smaller number of high-school graduates in the Northeast, more colleges are looking at transfer and nontraditional students who are returning to college and Moore is encouraging them to complete their education or establish second careers at the College.
Moore is actively seeking to increase the number of schools with which to form articulation agreements, said Elizabeth Mathis, executive director of admissions. “We want to strengthen the relationships we have, reach out to new areas and appeal to more students.”
Moore admissions counselors work closely with transfer students to find their most effective path to Moore. Counselors are present at transfer events at other colleges and meet with their students on campus.
Once they arrive at Moore, transfer students are encouraged to get involved in the college community. Living off-campus and being one of the only transfer students in her class, Pair initially wondered if she made the right decision, but she was quickly put at ease.
“I built great friendships and the teachers made me feel comfortable,” she said. “Moore is small like DCAD so it was an easier transition. That familial atmosphere and support from other DCAD students made it a great experience.”
Today, as a senior, Pair has completed her summer internship at Floss Barber Inc., an interior and architectural design firm in Philadelphia.
Firmly established in her major and still planning a museum career, Pair is looking forward to curating her first exhibition at her alma mater, DCAD, this November. The exhibition will include Interior Design work from students at Moore, DCAD and the Maryland College of Art & Design.
“It has all come full circle,” she said.