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Type@Cooper

Type@Cooper offers Certificate Programs in Typeface Design through both an Extended Program and a Condensed Program.

Type@Cooper Public Workshops are open enrollment.

Top industry professionals lead a highly focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: technique, technology, aesthetics, expression, history, and theory. Students explore the foundation of typography in depth by creating their own typefaces in hands-on classes, while developing a broad understanding of the field through lectures, discussions, and research. Electives are offered each term, focusing on topics such as pen and brush lettering, Python programming, and advanced tools for font development. A series of guest lectures round out the curriculum, allowing students deeper insight into specific relevant topics.

Augment My Type
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Curious about augmented reality? Want to play with letters in space? Create an augmented type installation at The Cooper Union with us!

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Brush Lettering
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

It's hard to match the appeal of the highly adaptable brush script letter. Friendly and flexible, its conversational tone and versatility makes brush script lettering ideal for a wide range of applications: from editorial layouts to logotype design.

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Calligraphy: Italic & Bâtarde
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

This 10-week course will introduce students to two historical styles of writing: Italic and Bâtarde. This class will focus on the fundamentals of understanding these letterforms and practicalities for using professional tools.

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Grid Systems: Eight-Hour Type Spa
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Pamper your typographic playbook as you design an original publication.

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Introduction to Lettering
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Lettering has become an increasingly marketable, if not essential, skill for artists working in design and advertising. The warmth and personality of hand-drawn letterforms can hardly be matched by off-the-shelf fonts. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to get the most out of lettering in a variety of applications.

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Lettering Intensive: The Modern Letter
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

From the elegance of copperplate engraving to the punch of robust Fat Face fonts, the Modern letter continues to be extremely useful in contemporary advertising and design.

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Mechanics of Typography
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Typography is an essential aspect of graphic communication, but the mechanics involved can sometimes seem mystifying.

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Modular Lettering
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Designing modular letterforms and using them well, depends on a rudimentary understanding of utility. Modular letters follow well-established methods of construction.

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Movable Type: Animation for Typographers
Movable Type: Animation for Typographers

In this 10-week course, you’ll learn the basics of Adobe After Effects as well as the fundamental principles of animation and its effect on design, typography, and meaning.

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Principles of Typeface Design 
Principles of Typeface Design: the fundamentals - typeface design class

This course is for anyone who has always wanted to design their own typeface, but is unsure where to start. Or for those who just love type, and wish they knew more about how it works.

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Proportions
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

This course will address matters of concern regarding character proportions, stroke weights, curve descriptions, and miscellaneous ratios in type design.

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Python for Designers
Restaurant Branding with Douglas Riccardi

Some of the best visual ideas can come about by setting up some boundaries — a color palette, choice of a typeface or two, some starting idea of line weight, scale and proportion of elements — and running wild within the system.

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Restaurant Branding
Restaurant Branding with Douglas Riccardi

Douglas Riccardi will give participants an opportunity to explore the world of food and hospitality branding in this intensive workshop.

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Script Lettering
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Nothing beats the warmth and personality of script lettering. From formal cursive hands to casual brush styles, it's highly adaptable to scores of design applications.

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Spencerian Lettering
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Not to be confused with the handwriting of the 1800s, Spencerian Lettering is a unique style of hand-drawn script innovated during the latter half of the 20th century.

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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.