Continuing Education

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Since 1859, The Cooper Union has been offering courses to New Yorkers who want to create something new or disrupt something old. Here, you can study studio arts, graphic arts or drawing architectural landmarks of New York City. Our visual arts courses include Collage and The City, Drawing for Beginners and Drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Challenge yourself to learn Portraiture or to print your first 3-D model .


We also offer individual courses and Certificates for professionals in Typeface Design, a centuries-old art form that now also employs cutting-edge technology and in Digital Fabrication. The Digital Fabrication program offers artists, architects, machinists, engineers, designers and makers of every type the chance to learn digital interfaces and two-and three-dimensional fabrication—a vital requirement in today’s competitive professional and creative environment. Participants may take courses in 3-D design software and tools such as CNC Milling with Mastercam X9.

Our classes meet in the historic Foundation Building, the LEED Platinum building at 41 Cooper Square and other convenient locations in Manhattan’s East Village.

You can get information and register for our courses by visiting our Visual Arts, Digital Fabrication, Typography & Calligraphy and NYC Architectural History pages or by emailing us at

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.