Orientation Begins for Moore's First Graduate Students

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Building on its historic legacy as the nation’s first and only women’s college for the visual arts, Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce the launch of three graduate programs for men and women in summer 2009. These new and unique graduate programs are: master of fine arts in studio art, master of fine arts in interior design and master of arts in art education with an emphasis in special populations.

“The launch of the graduate programs rounds out our yearlong 160th Anniversary celebration,” says Dr. Happy Craven Fernandez, president of Moore College of Art & Design. “Adapting to change is one of the cornerstone’s of the College’s success. The fact that the School continues to thrive in the City of Philadelphia after 160 years is a tribute to our mission to educate women for careers in the visual arts and to the innovations and accomplishments of our faculty, leaders and graduates spanning three centuries. As Philadelphia enters a new renaissance as an international city with rich cultural and educational resources, Moore College of Art & Design is poised to shape the future.”

Each of the graduate programs at Moore offers a unique approach. The three low-residency programs recognize the critical value of professional exposure and require a field practicum, internship or international studio residency. Emphasizing innovation and the synthesis of theory and practice, the programs equip candidates with skills sought by employers in today’s creative economy.

“The new coeducational intensive graduate programs build upon the College’s core undergraduate program for women,” says Dona Lantz, academic dean of Moore College of Art & Design. “The masters’ degrees recognize the demand by professionals seeking to acquire new skills and perspectives in their studio, design or teaching practice.”

Candidates will work closely with professionally active faculty artists, educators and designers and work independently with professionals in the field. Each program hosts an annual symposium featuring guest speakers of national and international significance, focusing on contemporary issues in art, education and design.

The MFA in Studio Art program’s unique emphasis on international perspectives and rigorous concept-focused fine art studio practice challenges artists to confront their existing thoughts and established practical and philosophical methods of working. A required four-week residency in Burren, Ireland; seminars and consistent access to national and international faculty deepens the artist’s studio practice.

The MFA in Interior Design is the first professional masters degree that emphasizes advanced research and socially responsible and sustainable design as a means to prepare individuals with undergraduate degrees in fields other than interior design. Project-based learning integrating practice and theory, an annual symposium with leading designers and thinkers and the opportunity to utilize current digital technology will give students exposure to critical thinking about current issues in interior design. Students will work with experienced faculty and design professionals and will be required to do an internship in a professional setting.

The MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations program prepares candidates to critically assess and challenge existing art education policies and practices. Because of the program’s unique curriculum, candidates gain specific skills and resources to strengthen the learning environment through the use of art for exceptional students including individuals with disabilities, the gifted and the elderly.

The three programs’ summer intensive, evening and weekend year-round scheduling is well suited for working adults seeking to advance their current studio, design or teaching practices or transition into new careers in art and design fields. For information on the Graduate Studies programs at Moore, contact the graduate admissions counselor at 215.965.4016 or gradstudies@moore.edu

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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launching in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.

May 16, 2009
The inaugural class of graduate students at Moore will be on campus Tuesday May 19, as orientation begins for the new masters of fine arts degree program in Interior Design. In addition to the MFA in Interior Design, Moore is launching two other graduate degrees for men and women beginning this summer. They include an MFA in studio Arts and an MA in Art Education with an emphasis in special populations.

Published on May 17th, 2009