Continuing Education

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program A student at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

Fall 2015

Certificate Programs:
Digital Representation and Fabrication
Typeface Design

Other Courses:
3-D Printing
New York City History

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Since its founding in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has been closely identified with the fields of art, engineering, architecture and design. The Continuing Education Department offers a variety of visual arts courses as well as professional development courses and certificates for engineers, architects, designers and members of allied professions. The courses, taught by leading practitioners in their fields, sharpen skills or add new ones. Most of the courses meet state license-renewal requirements.

Our Visual Arts courses range from Drawing for Absolute Beginners, Basic Collage and Digital Photography to Calligraphy and Experimental Printmaking. We have courses in Watercolor and Acrylic Painting, Portrait Drawing and Figure Drawing, and Fabric Works. The City Transformed examines how the architecture and urban development of New York made the city into the metropolis it is today. How to Make a Graphic Novel is an exciting new course we'’re offering this term. These courses have no prerequisites and are open to all. 

Graphic Artists will want to consider Type@Cooper where we offer a Certificate in Typeface Design. Information on this program is found at

Our Professional Development program includes courses in Shaping Resilient Cities, Responsive Web Design and Web Typography, Arduino, Industrial Waste Treatment Design, Solar Essentials Workshop, Daylighting Fundamentals. We are repeating our well-received on-line course, Daylighting and Codes.

The Digital Fabrication Program offers artists, engineers, architects, designers, and makers of every type the chance to add skills in digital interfaces and two- and three-dimensional fabrication, a growing requirement in today’s competitive professional and creative environment. Participants may take individual courses or earn a Certificate in Digital Fabrication by taking five courses of which at least three must be at the advanced level.

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

Our classes meet in the historic Foundation Building, the new LEED Platinum building at 41 Cooper Square and other convenient locations in Manhattan’s East Village.

You can get information and register for our courses at or by calling 212.353.4195. You can also visit our office at 30 Cooper Square between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.

The American system of continuing education originated at The Cooper Union with its founding in 1859. Peter Cooper, inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist, wanted to bring first-class educational opportunities to adults in New York and devoted his entire fortune to that goal. For over 150 years, The Cooper Union has maintained this tradition of outstanding courses for adults in its Department of Continuing Education.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.