The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

Saturday Program

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Critique in Architecture Class

Update: View Saturday Program's calendar here

Spring Session Schedule: Saturday, January 25–Saturday, April 18

No Class: Saturday, February 15 (Founders Day) School will be closed & Saturday, March 14 (Spring Break) School will be closed

The Saturday Program offers eight free studio art courses enrolling over 200 New York City Public High School students. Most classes meet from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays for two semesters, October to December and January to April. This schedule provides the intensive working time necessary to explore media, technique, and concept for both the beginner and the student with art experience.

Materials are provided at no charge to encourage access for all students.

Subjects offered for grades 9 through 12 are: 

  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Portfolio Preparation (seniors only)
  • Sculpture

Students need no prior experience, just strong motivation. A written application is required. Those who have attended the Saturday Program or The Outreach Program at Cooper Union in prior years will be offered a place in the program as space permits. Returning students must re-apply by the application deadline each year.

For High School Seniors our two-semester Portfolio Preparation class provides support to successfully compete for admissions to art and architecture colleges (held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 AM) This intensive studio course includes individual advisement and studio visits with professional artists. Applicants to the Portfolio class must attend an informal work review on the first Saturday in October. Please see the flyer for details.

All classes take field trips to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. Creative writing workshops are integrated into the visual arts curriculum. Each year the program culminates in April with an Exhibition and Spoken Word Performance (to which you are cordially invited).

For more information please call the Saturday Program Office at (212) 353-4108 or email


  • 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.