Frequently Asked Questions
At which venues in New York City will classes and lectures take placeClasses are held in rooms in both of The Cooper Union's locations: The Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street and the New Academic Building at 41 Cooper Square (entrance on East 7th Street).
If I’m not a certificate program participant, can I sign up for the workshops and lectures?While the core classes are for participants only, all guest lectures and public workshops are offered to the general public, space permitting.
How will students be evaluated?Students are expected to work diligently, participate in and punctually attend all core classes, and demonstrate their understanding of the concepts taught in the program. Each term will end with a pass/fail evaluation. Evaluation at the end of the program will determine whether students are awarded the Certificate.
What software and other materials will I need to supply as a student of the Certificate Program?
- Laptop computer with the Macintosh operating system
- RoboFont (student licensing available)
- Adobe InDesign or other page layout software
- Additional materials for workshops (please inquire for the materials lists for individual workshops)
How much time should I plan to dedicate to working outside of class?Time will vary for each student depending on skills and background, but you should plan on roughly ten hours per week.
How much time will be spent in class?The Condensed program is comprised of 162 in-class hours. The Extended program is comprised of 54 in-class hours per term, totaling 162 hours over the course of three terms. Additionally, participants of the Extended program may opt in to a limited number of public workshops each term and guest lectures at no additional cost, expanding the potential for in-class time to about 250 hours.
What about non-US resident participants?This program treats all applicants equally regardless of residency. Type@Cooper Programs will not qualify students for International student visas. Cooper Union is not able to assist applicants or participants in getting a travel visa of any kind. Please read carefully the government guidelines for visas to the US https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit.html.
TOEFL scores are not required however, since all courses are taught in English, competency will be assumed.