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Welcome to Moore College of Art & Design

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.

As a creative individual with unique needs, your experience at Moore will be one that you remember for a lifetime. You’ll get to work with inspiring faculty and mentors, and find your place among talented and driven peers. Plus, you’ll start a fast-track to future career success, with a guaranteed $1,000 paid summer internship and direct guidance our Locks Career Center—an amenity with vital services that you’ll have access to post-graduation and for life!

When you decide to apply to Moore, the world is at your fingertips. Our Admissions department is here to help you through the application process and will be available every step of the way, from start to finish. We know that everyone’s background and needs are different, and our counselors can answer any questions you may have about your portfolio, potential scholarships, or types of financial aid. View our 2019–2020 BFA Viewbook

Imagine Your Future at Moore

For High-School Sophomores & Juniors

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please click the link above for more information about changes to SADI 2020, taking place July 13 through August 8, 2020.

Are you a creative, motivated and independent young woman who’s currently a sophomore or junior in high school? It may be too early to start the college application process but it’s not too early to start thinking about your future in the arts!

Moore’s Summer Art & Design Institute, a.k.a. SADI is a journey of creative discovery in a four-week, three-credit residential experience, for students in grades 10–12. In addition to exploring new avenues of artistic experience and learning from award-winning faculty and artists, SADI provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to dip their toes into the college experience. Whether you’re new to art or an emerging artist interested in fleshing out a portfolio, SADI has an experience that’s just right for you. View our 2020 SADI brochure or visit our SADI page for more information.  

For Graduate Students

Moore offers programs in Art Education for Special Populations (MA) and Socially Engaged Art (MFA and MA), both of which recognize and reflect the critical value of professional exposure and require a field practicum, internship or international studio residency. Each program also hosts an annual symposium featuring guest speakers of national and international significance, focusing on contemporary issues in art, education and design. All prospective graduate students are reviewed by the Graduate Review Committee after the application deadline and are automatically considered for fellowships based on academic merit and creative promise. View our Graduate Studies Viewbook or visit our Graduate Studies page for more information.