The Saturday Program
Applying to The Saturday Program
Applications for the Fall 2021 semester are now available!
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Saturday Program classes will be online until further notice. For the duration of the COVID-19 distance learning structure, classes will run partially live in real-time and partially asynchronously. That is, on Saturdays classes will meet for 2–3 hours cumulatively, as opposed to our standard 7–8 hour day when in-person and on campus. Students will be meeting for those times on Saturdays based on a schedule that instructors establish with each class. However, students should expect to start at 10 AM each Saturday. Projects will be assigned to be worked on individually and/or in small groups via online platforms.
The Saturday Program (During COVID-19)
The Cooper Union's Saturday Program offers eight free studio art courses enrolling over 200 New York City Public High School students. All classes meet remotely for a few hours on Saturdays and one-hour of office hours with their instructor during the week for two semesters – October to December and January to April.
This schedule provides the intensive working time necessary to explore media, technique, and concept for both the beginner and the student with art experience.
Subjects offered for grades 9 through 12 are:
- Digital Media
- Graphic Design
- Senior Studio Visual Art (12th grade only)
- Senior Studio Design (12th grade only)
Students need no prior experience, just strong motivation. An online application must be submitted to be considered for the program. Those who have attended the Saturday Program or The Outreach Program at The Cooper Union in prior years will be offered a place in the program as space permits. Returning students must re-apply by the application deadline each year.
For high school seniors, our year-long long Senior Studio classes provide portfolio development support to successfully compete for admissions to art and architecture colleges. These intensive studio courses include individual advisement and studio visits with professional artists. Applicants to Senior Studios must attend an informal work review before gaining admission into these classes.
All classes take field trips to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios (during COVID-19, these visits will be virtual). Creative writing workshops are integrated into the visual arts curriculum of every class. Each year the program culminates in April with an Exhibition and Multidisciplinary Spoken Word Performance (to which you are cordially invited).
For more information please call the Saturday Program Office at (212) 353-4108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.