Facilities and Resources
For the latest information and guidelines see the Spring 2021 shops and studios updates.
The School of Art is primarily housed in the 1859 landmark Foundation Building. Additional classrooms and student studio spaces, the Media Lab, the Herb Lubalin Study Center, and the 41 Cooper Gallery are housed across the street at 41 Cooper Square. The studios, classrooms, shops, and labs of the School of Art offer complete facilities for a visual arts education. A professional staff of technical assistants is available in many of these facilities seven days a week to provide help and guidance to students in the School of Art, and to provide a healthy and safe working environment..
In the Foundation Building, skylight ceilings flood abundant natural daylight throughout a number of classrooms, workrooms and student studio spaces. Most studio classrooms are equipped with easels, model stands, palette tables, and sawhorse tables. Common workrooms are furnished with slop sinks, worktables and storage racks to accommodate the preparation and storage of artwork. Seminar classrooms provide seating for between fifteen and seventy five people. Four classrooms in the Foundation Building are fitted with digital projectors and sound and video connections. Two multimedia classrooms at 41 Cooper Square are equipped with high-deﬁnition projection teaching stations, and with Apple MacPros, which are connected to the Internet via T1 lines.
All students in their second, third, and fourth year in the School of Art, as well as exchange students, are provided with individual studio spaces. These studios are located on the second, fourth, and sixth floors of the Foundation Building, and on the fifth, sixth, and ninth floors of 41 Cooper Square. Each studio has pinup wall space and is set up with a desk and a lockable storage cabinet.
TECHNICAL SHOPS & LABS
FB 4th Floor | ART AND ARCHITECTURE SCULPTURE SHOP
A large, all-college sculpture shop supports opportunities for production of a wide range of three-dimensional work. This facility, located on the fourth floor of the Foundation Building, is equipped with machinery for wood- and metal-working, mold-making, bronze casting and projects using wax, clay, plaster and some plastics.
Monday - Thursday 12pm - 9:30pm
Friday 5pm - 7pm*
Saturday 12pm - 6pm
*Intro to Techniques classes take place on Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Shop is closed to other users during that time.
Rooms 412, 413, 421, 430
Kevin Leonard, Co-Head Technician; Adjunct Professor
FB 5th Floor | FILM, VIDEO, ANIMATION & SOUND
Film students can borrow 16mm Bolex cameras with zoom or prime lenses, as well as a Canon Scoopic and Arri 16BL. Camera kits include light meters and complete instructions. Tripods, lighting kits and other support/grip equipment is also available. Film and developer is sold at the Checkout Office and students can hand-process it onsite or send it to a local lab.
The Film Lab has a custom-built 16mm HD transfer machine so that processed film can be converted to digital files, or edited on a Steenbeck flatbed editor. 16mm viewers, splicers and rewinds are also available. A JK optical printer is available for contact prints or optical special effects.
Video students have access to large-sensor DSLR cameras and professional camcorders with a range of prime and zoom lenses. GoPro action cameras and older formats are also available. Students can borrow fluid-head tripods, shoulder rigs, stabilizers and a variety of halogen and LED lighting kits. Grip equipment, gels, umbrellas and softboxes can be added to any light kit. Other equipment (monitors, speakers, projectors and media players) is also available for multi-media installations.
The Video Lab has eight Macintosh workstations with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop, Pro Tools and other audio and video software. Additional outboard equipment includes various analog and digital and audio and video decks, mixers and special effects devices. The video lab is networked and equipped with a video/data projector for instruction and viewing student work
Animation students have access to DSLR and 16mm cameras for image capture, as well as light tables, peg bars and animation stands for analog/cel animation, direct-on-film painting and stop-motion.
The Animation Lab has 10 Macintosh workstations and provides support for two- and three-dimensional animation. Additional hardware includes DSLR animation stands with Dragonframe stop-motion software, a digital rotoscope station, flatbed scanner, vocal isolation booth and various analog and digital audio/video decks. This lab also serves as a supplementary facility for students working with film, video and sound projects, has all of the same software and is networked and equipped with an HD video/data projector with surround sound for instruction and viewing student work
Students taking Sound classes have access to professional digital audio recorders, supported by a complete array of microphones including shotgun and stereo mics, wired and wireless lavalieres, binaural pairs, contact mics, and custom transducers. A dedicated sound editing room is equipped with surround mixing capabilities and a vocal isolation booth, Pro Tools and Reaper software.
Classes are primarily held in the Screening Room, a theater for large-screen projection of film and HD video with 5.1 surround sound. The projection booth is equipped for 16mm and Super 8 and offers flexible signal-routing with AV ties to the editing facilities. The room doubles as a shooting studio with a permanent green-screen and additional electric service for high wattage lighting.
Equipment and use of facilities is available to all students currently enrolled in a Film, Video, Animation or Sound class. Equipment can be reserved and checked out for 2 and 3 day periods. Students that have previously taken a class have limited access. A professional staff of technicians are continuously available during posted studio and checkout hours.
Monday - Thursday 10am - 10:30pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 8pm
Rooms 530, 537, 539, 543
Contact 212.353.4238 / 4239
FB 5th Floor | PHOTOGRAPHY LAB
The use of the photography lab and equipment is available to students currently enrolled in photo classes. Students who have taken photo previously, but are not currently enrolled, have limited access to facilities and cannot check out equipment.
The analog photography facilities include a spacious, well-ventilated black-and-white communal darkroom with 16 enlargers capable of printing 35mm to 4x5 inch negatives, a large black-and-white film processing area with automatic temperature controls, and a dedicated alternative-processes room with UV exposure units.
The digital photography lab includes 16 Macintosh workstations with a variety of professional grade Epson inkjet printers. There are numerous 8.5 x 11 inch Epson flatbed scanners and multiple Nikon film scanners. An additional advanced digital lab houses two Macintosh workstations, and a Hasselblad Flextight film scanner. Two large format printers are managed by staff, students enrolled in photo classes may request prints from the checkout window for a fee.
A well-equipped lighting studio provides space to photograph while using a wide range of light sources. A complete tethered capture system with a Macbook Pro is available for advanced photo students who have taken the studio lighting class. A variety of large and medium format film cameras are also available for checkout, as are a range of professional DSLR cameras. Knowledgeable technical assistance is on hand continuously during posted lab hours.
Monday - Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 10pm
Rooms 531, 534, 541, 542, 542A
Jennifer Williams, Head Photography Technician; Adjunct Professor
FB 5th Floor | PRINTMAKING SHOP & TYPE SHOP
A well-equipped and ventilated printmaking shop on the fifth floor of the Foundation Building accommodates intaglio, lithography, screen printing and relief printing processes and papermaking. The facility includes three lithography presses, three etching presses and four screen printing vacuum tables. There is a dedicated computer facility with two large format printers for digital imaging and pre-press photographic work. There are more than 100 stones for lithography and a collection of rollers for lithography, monotype, and surface rolling in etching. The paper mill is complete with beater, a 75-ton hydraulic press, vats and the capability for both Western and Japanese papermaking.
A professionally-staffed and well-lit letterpress studio is available to all students. It is equipped with five Vandercook cylinder presses, one tabletop pilot platen press, polymer bases, a foil stamping machine, book presses, binding hand tools, a polymer plate maker, and well-organized foundry and wood type, as well as all necessary spacing material and composing equipment. Skilled technical assistants are available to help students execute all manner of printing and binding projects.
Print Shop Hours
Monday - Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 10pm
Rooms 512-515, 521, 544
Type Shop Hours
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Scott Nobles, Digital Specialist/Print Technical Assistant; Adjunct Professor
FB & 41CS | PAINTING OFFICES
The Painting Office is a resource on painting and painting techniques and is staffed by knowledgable technicians who provide canvas stretching and priming demonstrations and advise on health and safety protocols when working with oil paints and solvents.
Gesso rooms located on the 6th floor of the Foundation Building and 9th floor of 41 Cooper square have large work tables where students can stretch and prime canvases. These areas include slop sinks, a brush washer, large painting racks, storage for paintings and works on paper in painting racks and flat files. High ventilation rooms are also located on the 4th floor of the Foundation Building and 9th floor of 41 Cooper Square.
The Painting Office assigns and maintains all studios for School of Art students and provides a number of supplies gratis and for purchase, and has an inventory of tools for loan.
Hours, Room 601, Foundation Building
Monday - Thursday 9am - 2:30am
Friday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm
Hours, Room 904A, 41 Cooper Square
Monday 9am - 10pm
Tuesday 9am - 2:30am
Wednesday 9am - 10pm
Thursday 9am - 2:30am
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 7pm
Contact 212.353.4257 / 212.353.4013
GRAPHIC DESIGN RESOURCES
41CS Lower Level | HERB LUBALIN STUDY CENTER OF DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY
The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in the School of Art was founded in 1985 by The Cooper Union and friends of the late Herb Lubalin. Its mission is to focus on the preservation of design history through its core collection of the work of Herb Lubalin and extensive library and archive of design ephemera. The Study Center and its archive are important central resources for the students and faculty as well as the professional and general public. All materials are fully available by appointment and are regularly highlighted through center’s public exhibitions and lecture programming.
Alexander Tochilovsky, Curator, Associate Professor (Proportional-Time)
41CS 4th Floor | CENTER FOR DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY
The Center for Design and Typography is the in-house design studio for The Cooper Union. As an integral part of the institution, the full-time design staff collaborates with all departments, producing the majority of the college’s print materials, event graphics and signage. The Design Center also accepts outside projects from eligible non-proﬁt organizations. Selected according to public need and design potential, these projects are developed by School of Art advanced graphic design students under the auspices of the Professional Practice course taught by the Director. The pro-bono work performed by the class provides students with valuable experience dealing with clients, budgets and deadlines, as well as providing community service.
41CS 8th Floor | MEDIA LAB
The Media Lab is a multimedia digital workspace and output facility. It offers access to a wide array of software, printing, scanning, and professional support services for all Cooper Union student, faculty, and staff.
The Media Lab, a part of the Department of Information Technology, is located on the eighth floor of 41 Cooper Square in rooms 804, 805, and 806, comprising two classrooms and an open workspace. Each room features Apple iMac workstation running Mac OS and Windows platforms, laser printers, and high-resolution flatbed scanners. Room 805 features large-format plotters and archival printers with a wide range of media options, large-format scanning, and a shared [cutting/work] table. All Media Lab computers feature a variety of software for graphic, web, and UX design (Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketch, Atom), video and animation (Adobe After Effects and Premiere), and 3D design (AutoCAD, Rhino, Maya, Unity). Students will have access to Media Lab resources throughout their time at Cooper Union.
Academic Support Technicians (AST) are available at all times to help students, faculty, and staff use the Media Lab’s resources in the creation of their projects and class materials. ASTs provide extensive technical knowledge and professional experience with the Media Lab’s resources, and can provide assistance with everything from print to video animation projects.
Monday - Thursday 9am - 11pm
Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 8pm
Rooms 804, 805 and 806
Wayne Adams, Director of Academic Support Technologies
FB | THE COOPER UNION LIBRARY
The Cooper Union Library's specialized collections provide support for the academic programs at the institution's three degree-granting schools of Art, Architecture and Engineering, as well as courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Located on the ground floor of the landmark Foundation Building, the Library houses over 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals, maintains collections that include visual and historic materials, and provides access to a wide variety of electronic resources, including thousands of e-journals and e-books. The Library offers group instruction in research techniques and has computer facilities for individual research and study.
Through a number of consortial agreements, the Cooper Union Library provides students, faculty, and administration with access to collections at a wide variety of private academic libraries in New York City. Reciprocal access and borrowing privileges are offered at New York University's Bobst, Courant, and Dibner libraries, the New School Libraries, and the New York School of Interior Design Library. Access without borrowing is provided at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts library and the Chutick Library at the Cardozo School of Law. Membership in the Metropolitan New York Library Council allows for referrals to virtually any private library in the city for on-site use of materials.
Alumni have continued access to the Cooper Union Library at no cost, and can re-establish borrowing privileges for an annual fee.
Library hours when classes are in session
Monday - Thursday 8:45 am - 9pm
Friday 8:45am - 6pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 2pm - 8pm
The Visual Resources Collection
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
The Cooper Archives
Available by appointment
Located on the 1st Floor
Carol A. Salomon, Director of The Cooper Union Library
Julie Castelluzzo, Librarian (Electronic Services / Electrical Engineering / Computer Science)
Claire P. Gunning, Librarian (Art/ Architecture / Circulation / Interlibrary Loan)
Thomas Micchelli, Librarian (Visual Resources)
Katie Blumenkrantz, Assistant Librarian (Cooper Archives)
FB & 41CS | STUDENT EXHIBITION SPACES
Beginning late in each fall semester and carrying through the spring, gallery spaces in both the Foundation Building and 41 Cooper Square showcase work by graduating seniors in The School of Art, with additional exhibitions of exchange student work, class projects and work by fellowship recipients. Students can find general information, proposal guidelines and floor plans at the link below. You can view the current show calendar here.
Corinna Ray, Coordinator of Student Exhibitions
FB & 41CS | GALLERIES & AUDITORIUMS
The Cooper Union has two main auditoriums, including the historic Great Hall, and multiple gallery spaces. Several galleries around the campus are used to exhibit the work of students and outside artists in solo or group shows. In 41 Cooper Square, the 41 Cooper Gallery and the Lubalin Center Gallery feature large windows offering views from the building’s entrance and an abundance of natural light. These spaces, often used in conjunction with one another and with the adjacent Rose Auditorium, serve as a highly visible site of artistic activity consisting of exhibitions, programs, and screenings for the Cooper Union community, neighborhood and city at large.