• Walking Tour for #24HourMonument collaborative project, Nov. 2017

    Photo: Gab Bonghi

4+1 program for Moore BFA students!

Moore’s 4 Year BFA (any major) + Moore’s 1 year (2 full-time semesters) MA in Socially-Engaged Art (“4+1”) has become an official pathway at Moore! This program is open to all students currently enrolled in a BFA program at Moore.

Moore seniors must apply and be accepted into the 4+1 program.

Each accepted 4+1 student will be granted a $10,000 graduate fellowship!

Students who declare their intent to apply to the 4+1 program, will gain special access to graduate events as an undergraduate student.

This is the right program for you if:

  • You are interested in the role of art in society, community or public art, and want to become stronger in any/all of the following areas: curation, organizing, administration, research and writing, facilitation, and/or have an interest in nonprofit arts or art education.
  • You have a strong interest in a topic related to art in society (check out some past thesis topics below as examples).
  • You are interested in a Master’s degree!


Requirements to for 4+1 applicants:

  • Fill out THIS 4+1 application form
    • Names of two Moore faculty to serve as references
    • Personal Statement
  • Interview with the Graduate Director
  • Applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio or online gallery link
  • Applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample
  • Seniors must graduate with a BFA from Moore with a 3.0 or better
Applicants MUST apply by January 20th in their senior year to be guaranteed a $10,000 Fellowship if accepted into the 4+1 program

All 4+1 applications received after January 20th will be considered on a rolling basis. Accepted 4+1 applicants will be considered for any remaining fellowships, however, late 4+1 applicants will not be guaranteed graduate fellowship.


Notification Timeline:

Applications received before January 20 will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee in February. Official notification* will be sent in March.

*Accepted Moore Seniors who have submitted a FAFSA before February 1 will also receive financial aid information with their official acceptance letter, which will also include the Moore 4+1 $10,000 Graduate Fellowship.

​Applications received after January 20th for the following fall start term will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Need more info? Visit the website or contact Alyson Giantisco in Grad Studies: agiantisco@moore.edu. You may also stop by her office: Sarah Peter 315.


THESIS TOPICS have ranged from the positive impact of arts participation to placemaking and aesthetics. Examples of past MA Students' research include:

Art History/Visual Studies/Curatorial Studies

  • Documentation and exhibition in socially-engaged art

  • The role of aesthetics in socially-engaged art

The Expanded Field of Art Education

  • Afterschool socially engaged art that listens to teens

  • Impact of interpersonal relationships on arts participation

Cross-Disciplinary Research

  • Strategic partnerships in Creative Placemaking

  • Blending art and social work in foster-care to encourage independence

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Image from MA thesis: Agri-cultural Well-being: An Investigation of Strategic Partnerships in Creaive Placemaking, Veronica Scarpellino, MA '17.