• Session Dates: July 9, 2023 - August 5, 2023
  • Deposit due April 1, 2023 (hurry - SADI fills before the deadline!)
  • Tuition due May 1, 2023
  • 4-week, 3-credit residential pre-college program with Monday - Friday classes + field trips
  • Designed for young women & nonbinary students in grades 10 – 12 
  • Total Cost: $6,300 ($300 deposit +  $6,000 tuition)
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all who are eligible


A summer of fun plus three college credits and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Moore? Yes, please!
Immerse yourself in a creative college experience this summer! Join your peers in the heart of Philadelphia, one of the world’s most historic and cosmopolitan cities, for Moore’s Summer Art & Design Institute (SADI). This all-inclusive program is a four-week, three-credit residential sleepaway experience where students embark on a journey of creative self-discovery and structured independence. SADI participants leave the program renewed, empowered, and prepared to advance as an esteemed cohort of future artists, designers, and innovative thinkers.
Whether you are new to art or an emerging artist interested in fleshing out a portfolio, SADI has an experience that’s just right for you. SADI welcomes women and non-binary students in grades 10-12 to explore new avenues of artistic development and to learn from award-winning faculty and artists while immersing themselves in a creative college experience. 


Please Review Policies & Support for more details or contact our team at ce@moore.edu.

  1. Submit your deposit by or before April 1, 2023. We strongly recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure your attendance as space is very limited and attendance maxes out each year. Please note that your deposit is non-refundable.
  2. Submit your Student Info, Course Selections & Permissions Form
  3. Submit your tuition payment by or before May 1, 2023. The sooner you submit, the more likely you are to receive your top-choice courses!
  4. Need help? View Policies & Support or contact our team at ce@moore.edu or 215 965 4030.

After full tuition payment processing, you will receive:

  • FAQ & Packing List
  • Health & Immunization Forms (due 6/1)
  • Housing Contract & Permission Forms (due 6/1)
  • Housing Lifestyle Questionnaire for roommate assignment (due 6/1)

  • Women and nonbinary students grades 10–12
  • Students from anywhere in the U.S.
  • International students who have strong English-language skills. Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL or SAT scores. Minimum TOEFL scores are 500 (paper exam); 173 (computer exam); or 61 (internet exam). Questions about the TOEFL or obtaining a student visa should be directed to Moore’s Admissions Office at enroll@moore.edu or 215.965.4015.

SADI is the all-inclusive creative experience of a lifetime. Your tuition payment (due May 1) covers all of your meals, dorm, courses, field trips, and ALL art supplies. There are no hidden fees at SADI - here's the breakdown:

  • Deposit: $300
  • Course Tuition + Art Supplies + Activities: $3,940
  • Room: $1,370
  • Board: $690

TOTAL: $6300

Students who successfully complete SADI will receive three (3) undergraduate-level college credits and become eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend Moore College of Art & Design’s undergraduate programs.

Students may request transcripts for transfer of credit to other institutions. To request a transcript, email ce@moore.edu. Moore is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Welcome to your first dorm! Check out our virtual residence halls tour.

SADI students live in suites with two double-occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom—a sneak preview of the college experience. SADI students reside in Stahl Hall, located on Moore’s campus, right next to classroom studios and facilities.

Moore’s Residence Life staff live on campus, providing fun and engaging programming geared toward personal growth and community-building. 

Security is on duty 24/7. Entry to the College and to the residence hall is carefully regulated and all spaces at Moore require the swipe of a unique ID card for entry. ID cards are carefully monitored by our Resident Life Staff and held only by SADI students and key Program Staff. There are always staff members on duty in the residence halls. RA’s live on each floor of the dorm building, along with the residents. The live-in staff members are Moore students and are supervised by the Residence Life Coordinator and the Dean of Students.

Outside visitors may not enter the dorms under any circumstances for the duration of the program due to safety and precautions related to COVID-19. 

All meals are included! Check out our daily dining hall menu from SAGE Dining. Sage Dining Services creates a variety of delicious meals for students, including vegetarian and vegan options. Please contact General Manager, Michele O'Neill at moneill@sagedining.com to discuss any special dietary needs. 


  • House-made soups, and salads served daily
  • Menus feature whole grains, fresh vegetables, lean meats and seafood
  • Milk is free of hormones and antibiotics
  • Vegetarian and vegan offerings served daily

Sustainability initiatives include: use of locally sourced products, including produce, bakery items and dairy products; trayless dining with minimal use of disposables, and cooking grease recycling.

Students also enjoy Moore’s gaming lounge, café, vending machines and free laundry facilities! Don't forget to BYOD (Bring Your Own Detergent)!

Students work in large, fully equipped studios with professional visual artists. They receive ample time in these studios, in order to develop finished works and portfolio pieces. Evening studio time, which takes place after dinner, is a fun and motivational space for SADI students to work and interact.

The following student services are available to SADI students:

Take our virtual walking tour of the college!

Independent studio time and organized evening and weekend activities—such as optional field trips to galleries, city tours, performances, film screenings and shopping—enrich the SADI experience and complement coursework.  Weekends are unscheduled, to provide time for rest, extra studio time and family visits. 

The surrounding city of Philadelphia is both intimate and completely accessible. Moore is located in the heart of it all, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, surrounded by world-renowned museums, restaurants, shops and other attractions, as well as the Schuykill River and scenic Fairmount Park—perfect for sketching, exercising, and socializing with new friends.  

Moore has security personnel and program staff on duty 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The College’s entrance is secured at all times. All College buildings have “swipe” card access for entry. Wilson, Peter, and Stahl Halls have swipe card access points to use elevators and stairways. 

Resident Assistants (RA's) reside with students on every floor to ensure supervision and that students have access to a trained staff member in case of emergency during all evening hours.

To keep our community safe, we adhere to curfews, visitor restrictions and chaperone policies.

We are thrilled to announce our successful 2021 and 2022 SADI programs as fully in-person experiences! As of October 2022, we plan to host SADI 2023 as an in-person, on-campus experience. We will continue to follow guidelines from the CDC and the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19. Safety measures include: 

  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all eligible SADI students. 
  • Shared room in residence halls (two students per room) 
  • Masks strongly suggested for the first week 
  • Large, well-ventilated classrooms and studios
  • Ample sanitizing spaces across campus 

We are requiring that all eligible SADI students receive the COVID-19 vaccine and up-to-date boosters, including the two-week waiting period, before coming to campus. 

Recent research has shown that the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they are a useful way to protect ourselves from new variants. With current plans underway for a full return to on-campus classes in the fall, SADI student vaccinations will help our ongoing efforts to maintain a safe learning and working environment for everyone. The College’s decision to require vaccinations is in line with recent news from other nearby higher education institutions whose students, along with Moore’s, make up a significant portion of Philadelphia’s population throughout the year.  

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement will only be provided for medical, religious, or personal beliefs. To be exempt from the vaccine requirement, you must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Request Form and submit it to healthservices@moore.edu

To read Moore's full health and safety plan, please visit moore.edu/coronavirus 

Not quite ready for a sleepaway experience? That's ok! If you're local and interested in opportunities for youth at Moore, check out our exciting year-round day program, the Young Artists Workshop (YAW)!

The SADI team can be reached at ce@moore.edu or 215 965 4030.

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