Moore College of Art & Design is over 155 years old. It is the first and only women’s art and design college in the nation—and one of two in the world. Founded by Sarah Peter as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women in 1848, our mission was and continues to be educating women for careers and financial independence.
The school’s first major, textile design, prepared women to work in the new industries created by the Industrial Revolution, of which Philadelphia was a center.
Today, Moore has nine fine arts and design programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Moore offers majors in:
Fashion Design 2D Fine Art 3D Fine Art Art Education Graphic Design Illustration Interior Design Art History Textile Design
In addition, Moore is a recognized leader in the arts community through its gallery exhibitions, youth and public programs, and educational partnerships.
With an average of 500 students and a 9:1 student to faculty ratio, Moore is committed to maintaining a small-school environment as the College continues to evolve in the 21st century.
Moore faculty and administrators value individuality, creativity and professionalism. They encourage excellence, exploration and self-expression. Moore nurtures women with special talents in the isual arts and prepares them to flourish in their chosen fields.
Moore College of Art & Design prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership in fine arts, design arts, art history, and art education.
As a College founded for women in 1848, Moore continues to advance the role of women in the visual arts and to ensure their success by bridging the worlds of education and work. As a leader in the arts and cultural communities, Moore promotes the visual arts through distinctive education and gallery programs.