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Moore College of Art & Design
Established 1848
Type Visual arts College for women
President Dr. Happy Craven Fernandez
Undergraduates Approximately 500
Location 20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Campus Urban
Philadelphia School of Design for Women
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Location: 1346 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates: 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: < 1-acre (4,000 m2)
Built/Founded: 1848
Architect: Stephen Decatur Button et al.
Architectural style(s): Italianate
Added to NRHP: November 4, 1993
NRHP Reference#: 93001608[1]

Moore College of Art & Design is an independent college of art and design located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first and only women's visual arts college in the nation, and one of only two in the world, Moore thrives on the promise of empowering women to achieve financial independence by providing a quality, career-focused education.



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 was formerly known as FIDER).


Sarah Worthington Peter founded the Philadelphia School of Design for Women in 1848. The College became Moore College of Art & Design in 1989. Though Moore's first major was Textile Design—established to prepare women to work in the new industries created during the Industrial Revolution, of which Philadelphia was the center—today the College offers 10 undergraduate programs including Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts with emphases in 2D and 3D, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography & Digital Arts and Textile Design, each leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts(BFA).

The school's mission was and continues to be advancing the role of women in the visual arts and ensuring their success by bridging the worlds of education and work, and to set the standard of excellence for educating women for careers in art and design.

On average, approximately 500 undergraduate women are enrolled at the College. Moore boasts award-winning faculty who are professionals in their fields, and an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Its central location in Philadelphia places Moore students at the center of a vibrant, supportive community of artists, designers and scholars.


Today, Moore College of Art & Design hosts 10 undergraduate majors, one post-baccalaureate program, three graduate programs, in addition to a wide range of co-ed 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
  • Interior Design
  • Photography & Digital Arts
  • Textile Design- was cut due to financial reasons.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

  • Art Education

Graduate Programs (MA and MFA)

  • MA in Art Education
  • MFA in Interior Design
  • MFA in Studio Art

The Galleries at Moore

Open to the public and free of charge, The Galleries at Moore present a diverse range of innovative exhibitions, educational programs and publications that offer insights into the work of established and emerging regional, national and international artists and designers.

Notable people




  1. ^ Listing as National Historic Landmark at National Park Service
  2. ^ Brody, Mona. "Biography." Accessed July 19, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d "Moore College of Art and Design." Art Schools Digital. Accessed July 19, 2007.
  4. ^ *Choppa, Karen. Bessie Pease Gutmann: Over Fifty Years of Published Art. Schiffer Publishing, 1998, 160pp, ISBN 0764319086
  5. ^ "Karen M. Hartley-Nagle." Accessed July 19, 2007.
  6. ^ "Margie Palatini." Houghton Mifflin. Accessed July 19, 2007.

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