Moore College Of Art And Design

Moore College of Art & Design

Community Practice


20th Street and The Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The MFA in Community Practice is a multi-layered program that approaches art-making through social engagement with the public. Candidates should be active artists who are interested in establishing a practice that is community-based. In this highly focused graduate program, candidates will learn as a group of peers in an integrated communal setting. The program will support practitioners and peers through courses designed to ignite the exchange of ideas for individual and group projects and functions as a “learning hub” where knowledge and information are shared. It serves as the central axis point for multiple shared courses within the MA in Art & Social Engagement and the MFA in Studio Art programs. Candidates will research, examine and address the differences between solo practice and working within groups to create public art and acquire a refined understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working with communities. The aim of the program is to foster experiential collaboration during both on-campus summer intensives and a required four-week practicum entitled Philadelphia as a Laboratory under the guidance of Mural Arts. During the online fall and spring terms, candidates will work independently on research-based projects in their respective communities. Under the advisement of faculty and the mentorship of experts contributing to this discipline candidates will be working as professionals throughout the duration of the program.


Moore College of Art & Design is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Moore is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association or Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the BFA major in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA formerly known as FIDER).

International Student Requirements:

English proficiency: TOEFL scores: 92 IBT (Internet-based test), 580 PBT (Paper-based test), 237 CBT (computer-based test) IELTS score of 6.5

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1,440 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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