The Outreach Pre-college Program

The Cooper Union Outreach Pre-College Program provides free art classes for students interested in preparing a portfolio for college. Outreach is a seasonal program offers art courses for Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions for New York City area high school students, grades 10-12, on Saturdays. Outreach enrollment is limited to 16-18 students, taught by experienced artists and undergraduate assistant/mentors.; all students are required to take drawing classes, with workshops in animation, printmaking, photography and computer-aided design. For more information click here, call (212) 353-4202 or email outreach@cooper.edu.

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  • 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.