Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any scholarships available to participants?

Yes, there is one. The Erik Spiekermann & Friends scholarship will cover tuition for one participant in the Type@Cooper West Extended program in 2016. All applicants will automatically be considered. The recipient will be selected based on merit and must remain in good standing to receive the scholarship for all 3 terms.

How many people will be admitted into the Certificate Program?

Type@Cooper will accept up to 18 students in Extended program.

How much time will be spent in class?

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.

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 long is the program?

The Extended program is three terms long, ten weeks per term.

For my application, may I send a link to my portfolio online in lieu of e-mailing images?

No. Please follow the instructions as listed on the Extended program page.

Where do the Type@Cooper West classes and lectures meet?

Type@Cooper classes and lectures will meet at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco, which has 2 locations very close to each other. Read carefully on each class or lecture listing to know the exact location.
Letterform Archive Reading Room is at 1001 Mariposa Street #307. Letterform Archive Type Annex is at 208 Pennsylvania Street #108.

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.

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

TOEFL scores are not required however, since all courses are taught in English, competency will be assumed.

What computer software skills should I already have?

Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is recommended, particularly vector drafting (as with Illustrator’s pen tool).

If I already have experience designing typefaces, am I overqualified for the certificate program?

Students with previous experience are encouraged to apply to the Certificate Program. Some of the materials will be familiar, but the program provides the opportunity to approach the design process from a new perspective. The small class size allows teachers to work closely with individual students, and some projects will be adapted to individual students’ skill levels.

Is the Certificate Program accredited?

The Program is not accredited with the NYS Department of Education.

May I enroll in the Certificate Program without an undergraduate degree?

A prior degree is not necessary, but previous study will be considered significant in the selection process.

Who is the Certificate Program intended for?

The typeface design programs are structured for those with undergraduate preparation or professional experience in graphic design, typography, calligraphy, or related fields.