Since 1859, The Cooper Union has been offering courses to New Yorkers who want to create something new or disrupt something old. Here, you can study studio arts, graphic arts or the architectural history of New York City. Our visual arts courses include Portrait Drawing, Color Theory and Drawing the Figure with Charcoal and Dry Pastels. Challenge yourself to make a graphic novel or to build your own personal robot.
Investigate Arduino! Artists, as well as engineers and designers are finding myriad uses for this inexpensive device. With Arduino, you can take inputs from a wide variety of sensors and output to a computer or all kinds of motors, switches and actuators. This microcontroller with relatively easy-to-use software lets you imagine interactive objects and environments that you can actually create in this course. The Cooper Union can enable you to add new skills or sharpen those you already practice.
We also offer individual courses and Certificates for professionals in Typeface Design, a centuries-old art form that now also employs cutting-edge technology and in Digital Fabrication. The Digital Fabrication program offers artists, architects, machinists, engineers, designers and makers of every type the chance to learn digital interfaces and two-and three-dimensional fabrication—a vital requirement in today’s competitive professional and creative environment. Participants may take courses in 3-D design software and tools such as CNC milling, 3-D printing and plasma cutting. The introductory 3-D Printing course will give you a good start on this revolutionary technology with applications in architecture, engineering, medicine, fine art, industrial design and high fashion. Participants can earn a Certificate in Digital Fabrication by taking five courses, of which at least two must be at the advanced level.
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