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Moore College of Art & Design
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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Moore College of Art & Design
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As the only women's college for the visual arts in the nation, Moore College of Art & Design sets the standard of excellence in educating women for careers in art and design. Students enjoy Moore's small, supportive community and are taught by a dedicated faculty of exceptional artists, designers, and scholars.

Moore offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree majors, emphasizing career and leadership skills throughout the academic and related programs. Each major provides career preparation for its field and offers internships coordinated with the Locks Career Center for Women in the Arts. The Locks Center also provides extensive career resources for students and alumnae, such as one-on-one career counseling, mentoring, job bulletins, and workshops on topics ranging from networking to resume writing.

Approximately 70 percent of first-year students live in College housing, which includes Main Residence, Sartain Hall, and off-site College-contracted apartments. Some students choose to rent apartments near the campus or in one of Philadelphia's other residential neighborhoods.

Moore alumnae are accomplished artists and designers who use their creativity, skills, and talent to excel in a wide variety of industries. Among Moore's notable graduates are fashion designer and business icon, Adrienne Vittadini; renowned twentieth-century portraitist, Alice Neel; award-winning interior designer, Karon Daroff; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Sharon J. Wohlmuth.

Moore is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-2680, telephone: 215-662-5606). The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation; by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190, telephone: 703-437-0700); by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education (333 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126-0333, telephone: 717-787-5820); and by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (146 Monroe Center NW, #1318, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-2822, telephone: 616-458-0400).

Location and Community
Moore is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the scenic Museum District of Center City, Philadelphia. Neighbors on the Parkway include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Parkway is also the future site of the new Calder and Barnes Museums.

The city is also the home of Independence National Historical Park and to dozens of art galleries, diverse neighborhoods, and shops and restaurants of every variety. This artistic and cultural vitality provides Moore students with a multitude of resources and recreation in a stimulating urban setting. Nearly eighty nearby colleges and universities form one of the largest higher-education communities in the nation, second only to New York City.

Philadelphia is 100 miles south of New York City and 133 miles north of Washington, D.C., a short journey practical by car or train. Faculty members regularly organize classroom trips to take advantage of these cities' additional galleries, museums, and designer showrooms.

Academic Life
The College operates on a two-semester academic year. In B.F.A. programs, approximately two thirds of the required credits are in studio courses. One third of the credits are in academic courses.

A student's first year includes a broadly based core of studies in art history, two- and three-dimensional basic design, color, drawing, computer applications, figure drawing, and the humanities. Introductory courses to the fine and design arts are also offered.

Moore College of Art & Design has 111 faculty members, 25 in academic and 86 in studio areas. All studio classes are taught by practicing professionals. The student-faculty ratio is approximately 8:1.

Tutorial support is available for all students. At the end of the first year, the student chooses a design or fine arts concentration.

While instruction in the core studies is highly directive, advanced studio courses require more initiative and self-discipline, because the College provides each student with an increasingly personal program of study and assistance. Seniors in both the fine arts and design arts acquire practical experience in their fields through internships, apprenticeships, and the College's cooperative education program.

The College participates in the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Student Mobility Exchange Program. A student who meets eligibility requirements may apply for one semester's study at an AICAD member school's program.

In addition to Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Moore also offers leading programs for women and men through Continuing Education (CE) courses offered mainly on evenings and weekends. The 83 year-old Young Artists Workshop (YAW) provides art education opportunities for girls and boys in grades 1–12. The Summer Fine Arts Institute is a four-week summer residency program for high school age women that earns 3 college credits. CE certificate programs include desktop publishing/computer graphics, Web design, and decorative arts for interiors. For CE information, students should call 215-965-4029 or contact CE via e-mail at

Majors Offered:
Moore College of Art & Design offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with concentrations in fashion design, fine arts (two- and three-dimensional), graphic design, illustration, interior design, general fine arts with art education certification, studio art with an art history emphasis, and textile design. Students can minor in any major offered as well as in photography.

In most majors, students are required to participate in an internship to acquire practical experience in their chosen field. In addition to Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, Moore also offers postbaccalaureate certificates in art education as well as the other eight majors.

Facilities and Resources
A complex of interconnected buildings includes Wilson Hall, Sarah Peter Hall, and Main Residence. Sartain Residence Hall is located two blocks from the main campus.

The main campus includes expansive studios and classrooms, technology centers, two auditoriums, Fox Commons, MAC and PC computer labs, a professional woodshop, ferrous and nonferrous metal workshops, ceramic studios with indoor and outdoor kilns, abundant student exhibition space, two contemporary art galleries, several outdoor courtyards, and the dining café.

The Connolly Library's extensive holdings include 40,000 volumes reflecting subjects in the curriculum, artists' books, rare design folios, a slide collection of more than 123,000 images, reference materials, exhibition catalogs and annuals, and subscriptions to 185 local, national, and international periodicals.

The Galleries at Moore present a wide range of exhibitions and educational programs of both established and emerging artists. The Paley Gallery exhibits challenging and innovative work by national and international artists, while the Levy Gallery showcases artists from the Philadelphia area. The galleries also provide a professional exhibition space for shows by Moore students, faculty members, and alumnae.

In addition, Moore has two galleries showing student, alumnae, and faculty work at Philadelphia's new landmark, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Campus Life
On-campus leadership organizations provide the chance to learn about and utilize leadership skills and to develop self-confidence participating in groups such as Student Government, Student Mentors, Residence Life Staff, and the Student Judiciary Committee. Students are trained in areas such as teambuilding, presentation skills, ethics, diversity, time management, and creating community on campus. Leadership fellowships provide financial support for students to work either with an individual leader in the arts community or within an innovative organization.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Moore offers financial aid based on financial need as established by information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The principal forms of financial aid are Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, and Moore College of Art & Design scholarships and grants. Assistance is also available through the Federal Work-Study program. For full consideration, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by March 1.

Moore College annually grants $2 million in scholarship aid to students who demonstrate excellence both academically and artistically. Awards are granted on the basis of the portfolio review and academic merit.

Admission Requirements / Application
The admission decision is based on an evaluation of the following required materials: transcripts from high schools and any colleges attended, SAT I or ACT examination scores, and a portfolio of between twelve and twenty pieces of original artwork that must include six to eight drawings from direct observation. (International students should submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) instead of SAT I or ACT scores.) First-year students may enter in the fall and spring semesters.

Transfer students are encouraged to apply for advanced class standing at Moore. Class standing is determined on the basis of acceptable transfer credits and an evaluation of the applicant's portfolio. All transfers who are applying for advanced standing must submit their portfolio in slide form, accompanied by a detailed description letter. Upper-level transfer students may enter in the fall or spring semester. Although Moore has no application deadline, students seeking admission in the fall semester are encouraged to submit applications to the Admissions Office by April 1.

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