Summer Art Intensive Special Events

NYC Field trips

Each student will benefit from New York City Field trips that will enhance their chosen concentration.  Trips may include visits to world famous collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Noguci museum, The Met Breuer, or the New Museum. We will also view works from the archive of the Herb Lubalin Center for Design & Typography and from outstanding professional type designers selected for the Type Director’s Club annual exhibition at the Cooper Union.

Artist in Residence

The four international artists selected for the Summer Artist in Residency program will be on-campus in their studios for the length of the Summer Art Intensive program. They will be available to talk to students about their careers and the site-specific projects they are creating in the studios.  The work of these professional artists will also be presented in the annual summer A.I.R. exhibition.

Exhibition with animation screening and poetry reading

The Summer Art Intensive, Cooper Union will end with a celebratory reception for the Artists in Residence exhibition, and for the student exhibition showcasing works in drawing, graphic design, and digital photography, held on three floors in the historic Foundation Building. Before the exhibition reception, parents, teachers, and counselors are invited to join the entire Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive community in the Rose Auditorium, where the student animation shorts will be screened.   Following the screening, a select number of students will present from Peter Cooper’s podium, the most outstanding pieces from the creative writing workshops.

Digital Portfolio

 To assist their college applications, we document professionally the work students complete during the summer and provide them with a digital portfolio. Students will also receive a publication celebrating each student’s and instructor’s hard work. Each year, we commission an advanced graphic design undergraduate at The Cooper Union to design the publication.

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  • 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.