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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Tests Required: Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program: Recommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencies: Required
Recommendations: Recommended
Secondary School GPA: Required
Secondary School Record: Required
TOEFL: or IELTS required for international students.

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AP Acceptance: Yes
Credit for Life Experience: Yes

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Contact Info

20th Street and The Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179
Phone: (215) 965-4015
Admissions Phone: (215) 965-4015
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  • Jasmine - Philadelphia, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Don't come here unless you're rich or fine with being buried in debt. I received the highest possible scholarship and still had to take out $9500 in student loans for ONE YEAR. I know people who took out twice that amount because they wanted to live on campus. I am a commuter and if you plan on commuting you should know that this school is not commuter friendly. All events take place after hours and if you're a girl who doesn't mind getting home alone in the dark (IN DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA) then you can go ahead and enjoy those events. The security is so strict they would not even let me go upstairs to my friends room in one of the residence halls, and if they find you wandering around (my friend was giving me a tour) they will snap at you just because you don't live there. They make you sign in before you can even go upstairs, they really treat you like a criminal even if you're a student like myself. Also I work on campus 20 hours a week so I'm pretty much always there and they do not care at all. There are two residences - Stahl and Sartain Hall. Stahl hall is attached to the school, the whole school is one big connection, so if you live in Stahl you'll never even have to go outside. A lot of the students don't even know what the weather is like outside because they live in this one building, go right downstairs to the dining hall to eat, and walk across the hallway and go upstairs to go to class. Stahl is not bad from what I've seen, there is a nice penthouse student lounge on the top floor with cable tv, a microwave, fridge, stove, couches, tables, a nice view and there used to be a work/study area but they just removed it for whatever reason. The penthouse is basically the only place us commuters have to relax aside from the library. As for Sartain, if I had the funds to live on campus I would choose to live there. It is about a five minute walk from the rest of the school, but I hear that it is connected to Stahl by basement. The lounge there is much nicer with a pool table and a fire place and vending machines, if you smoke there is a smokers courtyard, if you don't there is another courtyard, also you do not have to clean your own bathroom in Sartain like you do in Stahl because Sartain has one big communal bathroom on each floor that maintenance cleans for you, each one has two showers and a bathtub. Also each floor has either a student lounge or a work area. The lounges are very nice with little couches and movies to watch, also equipped with air conditioning and a little table and chairs. The Sartain dorms are much smaller than the ones at Stahl because they are private dorms, each one in Sartain comes with a mini fridge, a microwave and a closet, and some basic furniture (bed, desk) and Stahl has the same except two beds/desks, and two rooms are connected to one bathroom. Security is very good at this school, but of course we are downtown so there have been some incidents. One girl was even stabbed and mugged trying to get to her dorm in Sartain late at night. But you can request a security escort to your dorm if you wish, there are guards in front of each main entrance with multiple camera views of the outside. I feel very safe at this school when I am in it, I'm sure if I lived here I would feel safe all the time. My friends who live in the dorms tell me they feel like they are in some sort of prison, they all seem miserable so there's that if you're thinking about living on campus, but the dorms seem very nice to me. Also not a lot of people seem to like the food, if you're a vegetarian or vegan then sign yourself up for the meal plan because they have got it all for you, I am neither so I don't really care for the options but rest assured that those options are always there. I work in the dining hall so I know how the food is prepared and where it comes from, they actually COOK it they don't just heat it up and throw it out there like the students seem to think, in my opinion a lot of the girls that go here are just spoiled brats here on mommy and daddy's dime. I enjoy the food even though the menu does repeat itself a lot, but there are always options like if you don't want anything they have cooked then you can make yourself a sandwich and put it on the panini presser, or make yourself a salad, there is no reason to go hungry here unless you're extremely lazy (a lot of the students are). As for the student body, as I have said a lot of them are spoiled entitled brats, there is always some drama happening, surprise surprise it's an all girls school. However, many of them are talented young ladies but very sheltered and lack any kind of knowledge about what is happening in the world. If you end up living on campus this will probably happen to you, especially if you live in Stahl, and if you hope to have a social life then you will be let down unless you go to other college parties. Parties are nonexistent here, just little movie nights and game events and things that like I said are always after hours. As for the classes, everyone has to go through Foundation Year. This means no matter what major you are you have to take Drawing I, Design I, Art History, Writing, and Visual Thinking for the fall semester. Then for the spring semester you take Drawing II, Design II, Art History II, Writing and Color Theory. This is supposed to be a kind of starter package that gives everyone the basics. It is very frustrating for all the students, especially the fashion majors, as that is a very popular major here I always hear them complain about how much they loathe it. Many students are itching to just jump ahead into the courses that have to do with their specific major, but no, no matter how talented you are you must go through foundation year. I guess this is a real test to see who will stay for another year, many of them get frustrated getting through foundation year and just transfer somewhere else. The classes are only helpful if you have a good professor. All of the teachers I've met so far do actually know what they're doing/talking about but if they're not good at explaining/passing it on to you then you cannot learn from them. For the first semester they choose your professors for you, but after that you do it yourself. My advice is to choose very carefully, google them, listen out and see who's best at passing down their knowledge or you will not learn anything at all during foundation year. So is it worth the debt? Supposedly if you graduate from Moore College of Art and Design then you are guaranteed a job, and I am actually learning a lot of things in the one class I get to take this year that pertains to my specific major, so I do believe that a degree from this school means something. But it is so unbelievably expensive, I would be absolutely one hundred percent sure that this school was the right fit before just jumping headfirst into it like I did.

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  • Nicole from Philadelphia, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Go to National Portfolio Day and listen carefully to what your advisor has to say about your artwork. Write the suggestions down and follow through with them. Apply for the Women Visionary Scholarship and the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Scholarship, apply for both of them because you could receive both of them. Try your best to visit the school and take a tour, even if you are an international student. Spend time in your AP art class and talk to your professor about which artworks should be included in your application and how you can push some of your works. Write a strong Statement of Purpose for your application

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  • Shaniyah from Philadelphia, PA
  • I am a current student here

    It would be best if you've taken an AP studio or drawing class (or already attend an art school) to make sure your portfolio work is at an acceptable level. (If you do not know the area or your way around the Business Office is a big help, they have bus routes, and even have the schedule for their shuttle bus, and of course be open to making new friends who know the area and can assist you) Also do keep in mine that this is an all girls/women private school.

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