Continuing Education

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program A student at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

Fall 2014

Certificate Programs:
Green Building Design
Digital Representation and Fabrication
Typeface Design

Other Courses:
3-D Printing
Color Theory
Contemporary Art Issues
New York City History
Digital Technology

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People come to the Continuing Education Department at The Cooper Union for all sorts of reasons. If you want to increase your professional skills in architecture, engineering or the fine arts, you will find excellent opportunities to study with top professionals in Green Building Design, Digital Representation and Fabrication or Typeface Design. Certificates are available in each of these areas, but there are also many individual courses. Perhaps you may want an adventure in an area that you never explored, even if you are, let’s say, an artist with years of practice. Have you ever tried 3D Printing, Photoshop or illustration?  Maybe you have little or no experience in any type of art; the fall is an excellent time to try your hand at collage, calligraphy, digital photography, writing or watercolors. Once you get your feet wet, there’s no telling how far you may want to go with a new passion.  If you do want to continue, we have courses that can take you to more advanced levels in all these fields.

There’s even a course all New Yorkers should take: The City Transformed. A fascinating series of lectures on the historic evolution of New York from a small village to the world-class metropolis we live in.  In this course, life-long New Yorkers and recent arrivals will discover how architectural and engineering innovations, along with economic and cultural trends, have shaped our city.

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

All Continuing Education students at The Cooper Union find an outstanding faculty. Classes are small enough so that the instructor can pay attention to each student individually. Classes meet in the historic Foundation Building, in the new LEED Platinum building at 41 Cooper Square, or at the even newer Grace Church High School building. All of these facilities are conveniently situated at Astor Place. You can get right here via the N, R and #6 subways.

You can get information and register for our courses at or by calling 212.353.4195. You can also visit our office at 30 Cooper Square between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Information about the Professional Development Certificates and courses is also available by calling 212.353.4198 or in a separate catalog that we’ll be happy to mail to you if you call us.

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.