Art Portfolio Review Days and National Portfolio Review Days

The Cooper Union School of Art application for the Fall 2015 is now available. 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.  

On-campus School of Art Portfolio Review Days

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Friday, November 21st, 2014
Friday, December 5th, 2014

Registration for these sessions is now open.

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.

2014-2015 National Portfolio Day Events 

The Cooper Union School of Art will be atte­­nding

  • Sat, Oct 4: Cincinnati, Ohio, Art Academy of Cincinnati
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 4: Houston Texas, Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
    1601 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
    Phone:(281) 367-9797
    Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
    11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 5: Columbus, Ohio, Columbus College of Art & Design
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 5: Dallas, Texas, Location: Hilton Anatole
    2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
    Phone: (214) 748-1200
    Hosted by: School of Visual Arts
    Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sat, Oct 11: Los Angeles, California, CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 12: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 12: Nashville, Tennessee, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 18: Hartford, Connecticut, Hartford Art School
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 18: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
    10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 19: Boston, Massachusetts, Hynes Convention Center
    900 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115
    Hosted by: Lesley University College of Art and Design
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 19: Chicago, Illinois, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 25: Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Art Institute
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 25: Syracuse, New York, Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
    10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 26: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 1: Des Moines, Iowa, Location: TBA
    Hosted by: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
    Time: TBA
  • Sat, Nov 1: Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 9: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennyslvania Convention Center
    Hosted by: Tyler School of Art, Temple University
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 15: Purchase, New York, Purchase College, SUNY: School of Art & Design
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 16: New York, New York, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    655 West 34th Street
    Exhibit Hall 1A
    New York, NY 10001
    Hosted by: Fashion Institute of Technology
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 22: Washington, DC, Corcoran College of Art and Design
    10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 23: Baltimore, Maryland, Maryland Institute, College of Art
    Time: 1-5pm
  • Sat, Dec 6: Phoenix, Arizona, Location: TBA
    Hosted by: Cornish College of the Arts
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
    5151 San Francisco Road NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    Hosted by: Washington University
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 10: Seattle, Washington, Cornish College of the Arts
    Main Campus Center
    1000 Lenora St
    Seattle, WA 98121
    Hosted by: Cornish College of the Arts
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun, Jan 11: Portland, Oregon, Oregon College of Art and Craft
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 17: New Orleans, Lousianna, Location:
    Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport
    6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd,
    Metairie, LA 70003
    Hosted by: Memphis College of Art
    Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Sat, Jan 17: San Francisco, California, San Francisco Art Institute
    Time: TBA
  • Sun, Jan 18: San Diego, California, The Westin San Diego
    400 West Broadway
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Hosted by: Laguna College of Art + Design
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 24: Miami, Florida, Location: TBA
    Hosted by: New World School of the Arts
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 25: Sarasota, FL, Ringling College of Art and Design
    12:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • 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.