Picture this: It’s 1848. The Industrial Revolution has spawned new industries, and Philadelphia is one of the biggest centers of it all. What can you do to capitalize on a pivotal moment in time? 

For Sarah Worthington Peter, that answer was to create the first and only visual arts college that would empower women to achieve financial independence through a high-quality, career-focused education. Fast-forward to the present; Moore College of Art & Design is an inclusive and innovative home to nine prestigious BFA programs and so much more. 

Now, over 170 years later, Moore remains the first and only historically visual arts college for women in the nation. Through its undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women and its coeducational Graduate Studies programs, Moore cultivates creativity, promotes scholarship and prepares its students for professional careers in the arts by emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, risk-taking and strong communication skills. Moore is dedicated to producing graduates that distinguish themselves as leaders in their fields. 

As a cultural leader, Moore promotes access to the arts throughout the broader community. The Galleries at Moore introduce the work of significant regional, national and international artists to the community through distinctive exhibitions and educational programs. The wide-ranging Continuing Education program also serves the community by providing opportunities for men and women to learn new skills for personal and professional growth. Through Moore’s acclaimed youth programs, including the century-old Young Artists Workshop, the lives of children and youth are enriched through creative arts education. 

Building on its historic legacy of educating students for successful careers in the visual arts, Moore is committed to adapting to the needs of future generations of artists, designers, scholars and educators throughout its diverse educational programs. 


When we say, “The World Needs Moore” we speak to our history. We are an institution founded not out of some flight of fancy but because there was—and still is—a segment of the population not being served by existing academic institutions. Moore College of Art & Design exists to serve their needs.  

Additionally, our tagline speaks to the value of our programs and the potential of our graduates. We produce artists, designers, leaders and entrepreneurs that the market not only wants but also needs. These are the voices the world needs to push creative professions to the next level. 

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