Extended Typeface Design Certificate Program, 2014–2015

Top industry professionals lead a focused and comprehensive study of key type­face design principles: technique, aesthetics, expression, history, and theory. Classes are held on Cooper Union’s New York City campus.

Note: Applications for admission to the 2014–2015 program are due by midnight of Saturday, May 31, 2014.

About the Extended Program

Students learn the tools and principles of digital typeface design through individual typeface design projects with Jesse Ragan. Alexander Tochilovsky leads an exploration of the history and theory of typeface design through lectures, discussions, and independent research. Optional elective classes offered in addition to the core program focus on topics such as hand-lettering and Python programming. Special guest lecturers and critics round out the program and provide deeper insight.

Participants design and produce their own typefaces as fonts made to industry standards, and exit the program with the specialized skills needed to design professional-quality digital typefaces and lettering.


The 2014–2015 Extended program begins with the Fall term, from September 29 through December 2, 2014, and continues for two additional terms, Spring (late January through mid April) and Summer (early June through early August).

The core program consists of 54 course hours per term. To earn the Certificate, participants must attend the full core program and pass a final review of their work.

Classes and lectures are scheduled on evenings and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Core classes meet on Monday and Tuesday evenings plus one weekend per term, and elective classes meet on weekends during the day and on weeknights during the summer.


Tuition for each term in the 2014–2015 program is $2165 and covers all three mandatory core classes as well as 2 non-mandatory workshops per term and all lectures. Curriculum listings are shown below. Schedules for upcoming terms will be updated as they are finalized.

Fall term tuition is due no later than Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to secure a student’s place in the program. Payment instructions will be provided with the acceptance notification.

Apply before May 31.

Applications for admission to the 2014–2015 Extended program are due by midnight of Saturday, May 31, 2014. A $75 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each application. The fee may be submitted online at Cooper Union’s Continuing Education website. Alternatively, applicants may submit the application fee by check, payable to The Cooper Union, sent to the mailing address below. If paying by check, be sure to include a note with your full name and phone number.

The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education
Attn: Kressent Pottenger
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

The program is limited to 18 participants. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status by Friday, June 13, 2014.

Application Materials

Candidates are asked to submit the following application materials to type@cooper.edu with the subject heading “Typeface Design Application.” Your e-mail should include your full name, phone number, e-mail address and postal address. Please include these materials in a single PDF (8.5″ x 11″, print resolution, maximum 10 pages / 20 MB):

  1. A brief letter describing your experience and interest in typeface design and lettering (250 words maximum).
  2. A portfolio of 6 graphic arts projects, demonstrating your proficiency in typography, lettering and vector drafting. Please state your personal role in the creation of each piece.
  3. A list of any relevant courses you’ve taken, including the school/ institution and dates taken.
  4. A supporting résumé with any further information which might be considered relevant.

For more information, see the FAQ section, or e-mail type@cooper.edu with your questions.

Core course: Typeface Design in Context

Alexander Tochilovsky
Mon, Jun 2, 2014Mon, Aug 4, 2014
Registration limited to certificate students only

Advanced Typeface Design
Core course: Advanced Typeface Design

Jesse Ragan
Tue, Jun 3, 2014Tue, Aug 5, 2014
Registration limited to certificate students only

Workshop: Font Production

Andy Clymer
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 6:30pmWed, Jul 30, 2014 8:30pm
Open to the public for a fee (space permitting)

Workshop: Letterpress Printing

Daniel Morris
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 10:00amSun, Aug 3, 2014 5:00pm
Registration limited to certificate students only

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