Extended Program

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 2016–2017 program are due by midnight of Tuesday, May 31st.


About the Extended Program

Students learn the tools and principles of digital typeface design through individual typeface design projects with Hannes Famira. 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, Python programming and font production. 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.

Schedule

The 2016–2017 Extended program begins with the Fall term, from October 3 through December 6, 2016, 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 each term.

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

Tuition for each term in the 2016–2017 program is $2,385 and covers all three mandatory core classes as well as 2 non-mandatory workshops in the fall and spring term, an elective in summer 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 30, 2016 to secure a student’s place in the program. Payment instructions will be provided with the acceptance notification.

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May 31

Applications for admission to the 2016–2017 Extended program are due by midnight of May 31, 2016. 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.

Pay application fee online

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 Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

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.

  5. Please name your PDF “your name_application_2016”. Format the PDF to print at 8.5" × 11".

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



Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Hudson Valley Ruins
with Thomas Rinaldi

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jul. 25 –
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Letterpress Printing
with Daniel Morris

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Aug. 06 – Sun, Aug. 07, 2016
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

location: Foundation Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Tools & Technology
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Oct. 03 – Mon, Dec. 05, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Introduction to Typeface Design
with Hannes F. Famira

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Oct. 04 – Tue, Dec. 06, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Calligraphic Roots of Latin Type
with Cara Di Edwardo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Oct. 08 – Sun, Oct. 09, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Motivations Behind Typeface Design
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Feb. 06 – Mon, Apr. 10, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Designing an Original Typeface
with Hannes F. Famira

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Feb. 07 – Tue, Apr. 04, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Typeface Design in Context
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Jun. 05 – Mon, Aug. 07, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Advanced Typeface Design
with Hannes F. Famira

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Jun. 06 – Tue, Aug. 08, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: New Academic Building



Past events are listed below.

Please direct all inquiries to type@cooper.edu. Your questions will receive the promptest possible reply.

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Practice of Typography: Theodore De Vinne’s Lifelong Devotion to Type.
with Irene Tichenor

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jul. 11 –
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Font Production
with Andy Clymer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Wed. Jun. 22 – Wed, Jul. 27, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
What is Text? What is Writing?
with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jun. 20 –
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Adobe Font Development Kit
with Frank Grießhammer

Elective course for Extended program certificate students only
Mon. Jun. 13 – Thu, Jun. 16, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Brand Type for Publications
with Roger Black

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jun. 13 –
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Advanced Typeface Design
with Berton Hasebe

with Christian Schwartz

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Jun. 07 – Tue, Aug. 09, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Typeface Design in Context
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Jun. 06 – Mon, Aug. 08, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Motivations Behind Typeface Design
with Rob Saunders

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. May. 17 – Tue, Aug. 02, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive Type Annex

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design
with Ben Kiel

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Mar. 12 – Sun, Mar. 13, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Sketching Type: Exploring Variables with TypeCooker
with James Edmondson

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Feb. 13 – Sun, Feb. 14, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: Type Directors Club

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Designing an Original Typeface
with Christian Schwartz

with Berton Hasebe

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Feb. 02 – Tue, Apr. 05, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Motivations Behind Typeface Design
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Feb. 01 – Mon, Apr. 04, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
La Typographie Moderne
with Jean-Baptiste Levée

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Feb. 01 – Mon, Feb. 01, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Calligraphic Roots of Latin Type
with Cara Di Edwardo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Jan. 30 – Sun, Jan. 31, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive Type Annex

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Understanding and Experiencing the Designspace
with Hannes F. Famira

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Jan. 30 – Sun, Jan. 31, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Introduction to Typeface Design
with Sumner Stone

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Jan. 25 – Mon, Mar. 28, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive Type Annex

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
An H&Co Double Bill: Behind the Scenes of Two Recent Projects
with Sara Soskolne

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Dec. 07 – Mon, Dec. 07, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Script Lettering
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Dec. 05 – Sun, Dec. 06, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Expression in Form, Rhythm, & Movement
with John Stevens

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Nov. 16 – Mon, Nov. 16, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Freehand Lettering
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Nov. 14 – Sun, Nov. 15, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Sign Painting: Speed Stroke Brush Lettering
with John Downer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Nov. 07 – Sun, Nov. 08, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: to be determined

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
It Began In Brooklyn: From A to Z & Beyond
with Michael Doret

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Nov. 02 – Mon, Nov. 02, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Proportions
with John Downer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Oct. 31 – Sun, Nov. 01, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
How Aldus Manutius Saved Western Civilization
with G. Scott Clemons

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Oct. 26 – Mon, Oct. 26, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Script Lettering
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Oct. 24 – Sun, Oct. 25, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Drawn Letter
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Oct. 17 – Sun, Oct. 18, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Calligraphic Roots of Latin Type
with Cara Di Edwardo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Oct. 10 – Sun, Oct. 11, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Introduction to Typeface Design
with Stéphane Elbaz

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Oct. 06 – Tue, Dec. 08, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Tools & Technology
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Oct. 05 – Mon, Dec. 07, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Letterpress Printing
with Daniel Morris

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Aug. 01 – Sun, Aug. 02, 2015
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
John Baskerville, Letter-founder
with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jun. 22 – Mon, Jun. 22, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Adobe Font Development Kit
with Frank Grießhammer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Mon. Jun. 08 – Thu, Jun. 11, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Expanding The Type Family: Weights, Widths & Styles

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Jun. 02 – Tue, Aug. 04, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Typeface Design in Context
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Jun. 01 – Mon, Aug. 03, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Adobe Font Development Kit
with Frank Grießhammer

Elective course for Extended program certificate students only
Mon. Jun. 01 – Thu, Jun. 04, 2015
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Script Lettering
with Ken Barber

Public workshop
Sat. Apr. 25 – Sun, Apr. 26, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Ernst Schneidler & His Students

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue. Apr. 07 – Tue, Apr. 07, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design
with Ben Kiel

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Mar. 28 – Sun, Mar. 29, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Designing Obsidian
with Andy Clymer

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue. Mar. 24 – Tue, Mar. 24, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Font Production For An Expanding Family
with Andy Clymer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Mar. 14 – Sun, Mar. 15, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Type Confusion & Color Aggression
with Victor Moscoso

with Norman Hathaway

Special guest lecture open to the public
Thu. Mar. 05 – Thu, Mar. 05, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Not Dead But Sleepeth: A Study of Gravestone Lettering
with Doug Clouse

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue. Feb. 17 – Tue, Feb. 17, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Motivations Behind Typeface Design
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Feb. 03 – Tue, Apr. 07, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Companion Typefaces

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Feb. 02 – Mon, Apr. 06, 2015
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Type Family Planning

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Jan. 31 – Sun, Feb. 01, 2015
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Drawn Letter
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Dec. 06 – Sun, Dec. 07, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: New Academic Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Proportions
with John Downer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Nov. 15 – Sun, Nov. 16, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: New Academic Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Freehand Lettering
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Nov. 01 – Sun, Nov. 02, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Script Lettering
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Oct. 25 – Sun, Oct. 26, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: New Academic Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Moses! Pencils! Excelsior! 19th (& 20th) century wood type and its impact on typographic norms
with David Shields

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Oct. 20 – Mon, Oct. 20, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Drawn Letter
with Ken Barber

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat. Oct. 18 – Sun, Oct. 19, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: New Academic Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Calligraphic Roots of Latin Type
with Cara Di Edwardo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Oct. 04 – Sun, Oct. 05, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: New Academic Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Introduction to Typeface Design

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Sep. 30 – Tue, Dec. 02, 2014
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM


Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Tools & Technology
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Sep. 29 – Mon, Dec. 01, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Foundation Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Letterpress Printing
with Daniel Morris

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Aug. 02 – Sun, Aug. 03, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: Foundation Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Webfonts are Just Fonts
with Christian Schwartz

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jul. 28 – Mon, Jul. 28, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Untypical Types
with Matthew Carter

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jul. 14 – Mon, Jul. 14, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Reflections On Gill
with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jun. 16 – Mon, Jun. 16, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Font Production
with Andy Clymer

Public workshop
Wed. Jun. 11 – Wed, Jul. 30, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Automotive Identity at General Motors Design
with Susan Skarsgard

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Jun. 09 – Mon, Jun. 09, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Advanced Typeface Design
with Jesse Ragan

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Jun. 03 – Tue, Aug. 05, 2014
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Typeface Design in Context
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Jun. 02 – Mon, Aug. 04, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design
with Ben Kiel

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Mar. 29 – Sun, Mar. 30, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Comenius, Marconi & Zapf Book: three typefaces from 1976
with Ferdinand Ulrich

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue. Mar. 18 – Tue, Mar. 18, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Down With Buckets
with Indra Kupferschmid

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue. Mar. 11 – Tue, Mar. 11, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Typefaces as Strategic Point of Passage
with Jean François Porchez

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue. Feb. 11 – Tue, Feb. 11, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Motivations Behind Typeface Design
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Feb. 04 – Wed, Apr. 09, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Designing an Original Typeface
with Jesse Ragan

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Feb. 03 – Mon, Apr. 07, 2014
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Understanding and Experiencing the Designspace
with Hannes F. Famira

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Feb. 01 – Sun, Feb. 02, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: New Academic Building

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Drawn Letter
with Ken Barber

Public workshop
Sat. Oct. 26 – Sun, Oct. 27, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Tailored Typography
with Dan Rhatigan

Special guest lecture open to the public
Mon. Oct. 14 – Mon, Oct. 14, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Script Lettering
with Ken Barber

Sat. Oct. 12 – Sun, Oct. 13, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
The Calligraphic Roots of Latin Type
with Cara Di Edwardo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat. Oct. 05 – Sun, Oct. 06, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Introduction to Typeface Design
with Jesse Ragan

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue. Oct. 01 – Tue, Dec. 03, 2013
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Tools & Technology
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon. Sep. 30 – Mon, Dec. 02, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: On campus

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Proportions
with John Downer

Public workshop
Sat. Apr. 20 – Sun, Apr. 21, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: Type Directors Club

Type@Cooper - Extended Program
Modular Modernism: Supertipo Veloz
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Mon. Apr. 01 – Mon, Apr. 01, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: Rose Auditorium