Art Portfolio Review Days and National Portfolio Review Days

The Cooper Union School of Art application for the Fall 2014 will be available September 2013. Students interested in applying and requesting information should review the application information at the Office of Admissions. Applicants for freshman and transfer admission will be required to complete and send in a Home Test of visual problems, a questionnaire, a sketchbook and any additional original work.  This should include sketchbooks, actual work, as well as work appropriate in digital format.  For Early Decision, the Home Test will be e-mailed to applicants in Mid-December.  For Regular Decision, the Home Test will be emailed to applicants in late January. If you are applying for Early Decision and do not receive the Home Test by second week of January, please call the Office of Admissions at (212) 353-4120. If you are applying for regular decision and do not receive the Home Test by the second week in February, please call the Admissions office at (212) 353-4120.

Each application is reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of a cross-section of disciplines in the School of Art. Final decisions are made by the School of Art Admissions Committee based on all the elements of the application, with substantial weight given to the Home Test problems. Admission is offered to approximately 60 students. Admissions decisions will be available in early April.

The School of Art holds a series of Art Portfolio Review Days in the fall, at which prospective students bring portfolios for review and have the opportunity to learn more about the school from faculty and alumni. The Art Portfolio Review Day consists of an orientation, a guided tour of the facilities and an individual portfolio review by faculty or alumni of the School of Art. The dates of the Art Portfolio Review Days are listed below.  

Friday, November 8th, 2013
Friday, November 15th, 2013
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Friday, December 6th, 2013

Click here to register for one of the above sessions.

In addition to our own Art Portfolio Review Days, faculty and alumni of the School of Art also visit portfolio day events throughout the country sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association. Like the Art Portfolio Review Days, portfolio days are not a formal part of the admissions process but often play a role in successful applications. Art work is reviewed by faculty members and alumni who advise potential art students. A large percentage of students accepted to the School of Art have been reviewed by faculty or alumni at a NPDA Portfolio Day, an Art Portfolio Review Day or through the Saturday/Outreach Program.

2013-2014 National Portfolio Day Events

The Cooper Union School of Art will be atte­­nding

Sat, Oct 5: Austin, Texas
Location: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sat, Oct 5: Cincinnati, Ohio
Location: Art Academy of Cincinnati
Time: Noon - 4 PM

Sun, Oct 6: Cleveland, Ohio
Location: The Cleveland Institute of Art
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sun, Oct 6: Dallas, Texas
Location: Hilton Anatole
Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Oct 12: Richmond, Virginia
Location: Virginia Commonwealth University
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sat, Oct 12: San Diego, California
Location: Westin San Diego
Hosted by: Laguna College of Art + Design
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sun, Oct 13: Nashville, Tennessee
Location: Watkins College of Art
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Oct 19: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Location: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Sun, Oct 20: Chicago, Illinois
Location: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sun, Oct 27: Detroit, Michigan
Location: College for Creative Studies
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Nov 2: Hartford, Connecticut
Location: Hartford Art School
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sun, Nov 3: Boston, Massachusetts
Location: Hynes Convention Center
Hosted by: Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sun, Nov 10: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Location: The Philadelphia Convention Center
Hosted by: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sun, Nov 10: Rochester, New York
Location: Rochester Institute of Technology
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Nov 16: Purchase, New York
Location: Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art & Design
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sun, Nov 17: New York, New York
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Hosted by: Fashion Institute of Technology
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Nov 23: Washington, DC
Location: Corcoran College of Art and Design
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sun, Nov 24: Baltimore, Maryland
Location: Maryland Institute, College of Art
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sat, Jan 11: Seattle, Washington
Location: Cornish College of the Arts
Hosted by: Cornish College of the Arts
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sun, Jan 12: Portland, Oregon
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Jan 18: New Orleans, Louisiana
Location: Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
Hosted by: Memphis College of Art
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Jan 18: San Francisco, California
Location: California College of the Arts
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sun, Jan 19: Los Angeles, California
Location: Otis College of Art and Design
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sat, Jan 25: Miami, Florida
Location: Miami Dade Campus
Hosted by: New World School of the Arts
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Sun, Jan 26: Sarasota, FL
Location: Ringling College of Art and Design
Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

  • 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.