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 coopertype.org
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 todays 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.
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.