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

Summer 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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June is a perfect time to do something for yourself and The Cooper Union has some neat suggestions. If, for example, you’re interested in photography, think about creating a project that focuses on one of your particular interests. Our course, Developing a Personal Project, will guide you towards translating your personal vision into a coherent series of photographs that you curate with the help of the instructor and your classmates. If you are looking for a photographic challenge that calls for less structure and more serendipity, try Street Photography instead.

Those who favor the pencil or the paint brush over the lens can still spend June and July roaming New York with Drawing and Painting on Location. Collage and the City gives you the chance to explore New York in any way you choose. Then, incorporate your photographs, paintings, drawings,  found objects,  and other discoveries into finished art in a studio setting. Whether your personal New York is that of Weegee or F. Scott Fitzgerald, either of these courses gives you the chance to capture it in works of art.

Students at Cooper Union's Continuing Education program

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.