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

Summer 2014

Certificate Programs:
Green Building Design
Digital Representation and Fabrication
Typeface Design

Other Courses:
3-D Printing
Color Theory
Contemporary Art Issues
New York City History
Digital Technology

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There’s something remarkable about a summer in New York City and one of the best experiences can be a Cooper Union course or workshop. It’s a great chance to make your summer educational, profitable, and enjoyable. You can learn a new skill or sharpen one you already have. This summer, Continuing Education at The Cooper Union is offering some of its courses and workshops in a new, shorter format.

These shorter courses are ideal if your plans make a longer commitment impossible. For example, Experimental Drawing is designed for students who enjoy working intuitively and jumpstart their creativity by drawing. Students in Conceptual Illustration learn to use symbol, analogy and metaphor to convey a specific idea. Drawing Investigations examines the uses of 1, 2 and 3-point perspective, and in Fabric Works: Contemporary Collage students explore texture and color relationships in image and object-making. Other short courses that take place within the month of June include a Portraiture Workshop, Drawing and Painting on Location which is suitable for all levels of skill from beginner on up (and can be taken in the longer format for those who have the time.)  Contemporary Collage, Painting with Water-Based Media, and Watercolor and Abstraction are also short courses. Sunday painters will find Painting in Central Park a great choice. 

Of course, we offer longer courses for those who are in New York through July. Calligraphy: Historical Styles surveys the history of writing from the late Roman Empire through the Middle Ages. Drawing for Absolute Beginners and Basic Drawing are just what the names imply, but there are also advanced drawing and painting courses such as Figure Drawing

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

Introduction to Acrylic Painting explores the relationships between pictorial elements on a canvass while covering about the technical advantages of this medium. Painting: From Idea to Essential Image is suitable for beginning to advanced students who want to explore the steps from an idea to a drawing to a finished painting. Collage and the City explores a wide range of media, including paper, fabric, fibers, found objects, photographs and photo transfers. Digital Photography is an exciting course for those who are new to photography as well as those with some experience but want to learn more. If your photographic aims include advanced techniques in photo editing you can study Photoshop. The Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union offers professional development courses for engineers, architects, developers, designers and members of allied professions. Most of the courses for architects and engineers meet state license-renewal requirements. Our Certificate Programs in Typeface Design, Green Building Design, and Digital Representation and Fabrication

Continuing Education at The Cooper Union has an outstanding faculty, small classes and a convenient location in the East Village. Our classes meet in the historic Foundation Building, the new LEED Platinum building at 41 Cooper Square, or the even newer Grace Church High School building. All these facilities are conveniently situated at Astor Place. You can reach our doorstep via the N, R and #6 subways.

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. Information about the Professional Development Certificates and courses is also available at, by calling 212.353.4198 or in a separate catalog that we’ll be happy to mail to you if you call us.

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.