School of Art Tours and Events

The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union

The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union

Campus Tours

The School of Art hosts small tours for prospective art students. Registration is required. Please Note: Tours do not include a portfolio review.

Tours will meet in the lobby of the Foundation Building located at 7 East 7th Street.

Open Houses

The School of Art holds a series of Open Houses every fall. This event provides prospective art applicants the opportunity to bring portfolios for review as well as the opportunity to learn more about the School of Art from faculty, current students, and alumni. The Open Houses consist of an orientation, a guided tour of the facilities, and an individual portfolio review by faculty or alumni of the School of Art. Registration is required.

Open Houses are held in the Great Hall, located in the basement of the Foundation Building located at 7 East 7th Street. 

Fall 2018 Open House Dates:

Saturday, November 3rd, 12pm (registration opens at 11:30am)
Sunday, November 11th, 12pm (registration opens at 11:30am)
Friday, November 16th, 4pm (registration opens at 3:30pm)
Saturday, December 1st, 12pm (registration opens at 11:30am)
Friday, December 7th, 4pm (registration opens at 3:30pm)

National Portfolio Review Day Events

If you cannot attend an Art Open House on campus, the School of Art participates in select National Portfolio Review Day events nationwide. Please click here to see the 2018-2019 schedule.

  • 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.