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Welcome to Moore College of Art & Design

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Moore is a 170-year-old art and design college located in the heart of Philadelphia—the first and only visual arts school for undergraduate women in the United States. We offer students an intimate, career-focused learning environment for those looking for future success in the growing and evolving fields and art and design. Moore’s academic programs also include a selection of co-educational graduate, post-baccalaureate, and youth and adult continuing education programs, and we explore the vast field of contemporary art with an ongoing series of exhibitions and programs at The Galleries at Moore.

Read on for more information about Moore’s groundbreaking history of preparing women for career success in the fields of art and design, as well as our mission, our core values and everything else that makes us tick. Look through the navigation to the left for more information about Moore’s campus, policies and robust community.


Moore College of Art & Design is dedicated to excellence in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the first and only visual arts college for women in the United States. Through its undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women and its coeducational Graduate Studies programs, Moore cultivates creativity, promotes scholarship and prepares its students for professional careers in the arts by emphasizing critical thinking, problem-solving, risk-taking, and strong communication skills. Moore is dedicated to producing graduates that distinguish themselves as leaders in their fields.

As a cultural leader, Moore promotes access to the arts throughout the broader community. The Galleries at Moore introduce the work of significant regional, national and international artists to the community through distinctive exhibitions and educational programs. The wide-ranging Continuing Education program also serves the community by providing opportunities for men and women to learn new skills for personal and professional growth. Through Moore’s acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, founded in 1921, the lives of children and youth are enriched through creative arts education.

Building on its historic legacy of educating women and men for successful careers in the visual arts, Moore is committed to adapting to the needs of future generations of artists, designers, scholars and educators throughout its diverse educational programs.


  • EXCELLENCE: We value creative and intellectual rigor driven by passion and determination to succeed. 
  • PROFESSIONALISM: We value experiences that foster integrity and ethical conduct, and give students a competitive edge.
  • LEADERSHIP: We value innovation, vision and the ability to inspire.
  • SPIRIT: We value a vibrant, supportive, and engaging community that builds life-long relationships.
  • RESPECT: We value empowering all individuals to find their own voice and to hear the diversity of voices.

Visit the More About Moore page for our history and a list of fast facts that might answer some of your questions about our community and our academic offerings.