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Moore College of Art

Moore College of Art & Design
Established 1848
Type Visual arts College, BFA for women; co-ed graduate and continuing education
President Cecelia Fitzgibbon
Undergraduates Approximately 500
Location 20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Campus Urban


Philadelphia School of Design for Women
Moore College of Art and Design
Location 1346 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

39°58′27″N 75°9′34″W / 39.97417°N 75.15944°W / 39.97417; -75.15944Coordinates: 39°58′27″N 75°9′34″W / 39.97417°N 75.15944°W / 39.97417; -75.15944

Area less than one acre
Built 1880
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 93001608[1]
Added to NRHP November 4, 1993

Moore is an independent college of art and design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Moore College of Art & Design is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Pennsylvania State Council of Education (PSCE) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly known as FIDER).


Founded in 1848 by Sarah Worthington Peter as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, it was the first women's art school in the United States.[2] The school was established to prepare women to work in the new industries created during the Industrial Revolution, of which Philadelphia was the center. The institution was renamed Moore College of Art & Design in 1932 after Joseph Moore, Jr. set up a $3 Million dollar endowment in memory of his parents. The endowment was used to found the Moore Institute of Art, Science and Industry when it merged with the Philadelphia School of Art & Design.

Moore now offers eleven undergraduate programs including Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts with emphases in 2D and 3D, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive & Motion Arts, Interior Design, Photography & Digital Arts, and Liberal Arts, each leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts(BFA).

Moore has approximately 500 women enrolled in its unique all-female undergraduate BFA program and has an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio. New co-educational graduate programs, post-Baccalaureate programs as well as adult continuing education and a Young Artists Workshop provide creative opportunities for people of all ages.

Moore is a small college, with an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio in the BFA program.[3]


Today, Moore College of Art & Design offers nine undergraduate majors, one post-baccalaureate program, three graduate programs, in addition to a wide range of continuing education programs for adults and youth.

Undergraduate majors (BFA)

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts (with a 2D or 3D emphasis)
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interactive & Motion Arts
  • Interior Design
  • Photography & Digital Arts
  • Liberal Arts

Post-baccalaureate program

  • Art Education

Graduate programs (MA and MFA)

  • MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations
  • MFA in Interior Design
  • MFA in Studio Art

The Galleries at Moore

Open to the public, free of charge, The Galleries at Moore present exhibitions, educational programs and publication.

Exhibition history includes: Jane’s Carousel: The Making of a New York Landmark, September 24 – December 10, 2011; Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: I See Red, Paintings and Prints 1992-2005, September 24 – December 10, 2011; Signe Wilkinson: The World in Line!, August 20 – October 15, 2011; Frances Trombly: Everything and Nothing, January 29 – March 15, 2011; Jenny Drumgoole: Real Woman of Philadelphia, January 29 – March 15, 2011; Judith Leiber – Art of the Handbag, September 10 – October 17, 2010; Full Exhibition History

Notable people



1848 to 1900s


See also

Philadelphia portal


External links

  • The Galleries at Moore
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