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

Spring 2015

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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When The Cooper Union’s Continuing Education term starts at the beginning of February, you’ll have great choices for professional and personal development. You can take individual courses or earn Certificates to add new skills, sharpen ones you already have, expand your horizons and develop talents that you never knew you had. Cooper has an outstanding faculty, small classes and a convenient location in the East Village.

For example, if you take a course in Collage, you will you explore an art medium that you can practice using an almost unlimited variety of materials and without the need of extensive space or equipment. If you already have experience in drawing or painting the human figure, consider Anatomy for the Artist. We’re offering a new course this spring in Documentary Photography.

The rapidly expanding use of Digital Representation and Fabrication includes the technologies of 3-D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling. You can take an introductory 3-D Printing course or earn a Certificate that will open revolutionary technologies whose applications include architecture, engineering, medicine, fine art, industrial design and high fashion. The Cooper Union’s renowned Typeface Design program attracts outstanding faculty and students from around the world. There’s no better place to discover the joy of creativity in this most fundamental graphic art. (See

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

Artists, as well as engineers and designers are finding myriad uses for an inexpensive minicontroller called Arduino. With this device, you can take inputs from a wide variety of sensors and output to a computer or all kinds of motors, switches and actuators. Arduino’s relatively easy-to-use software enables you to imagine interactive objects and environments that you can actually create. Perhaps you have a personal or business interest you’d like to transform into an App for mobile devices. We have an App (well, a course) for that.

Our classes meet in the historic Foundation Building, the new 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 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.