Extended Program West

Top industry professionals lead a focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: technique, aesthetics, expression, history, and theory. Classes are held at Letterform Archive in San Francisco, California.
Note: Applications for admission to the 2017-2018 program are due by midnight Wednesday, May 31st


About the Extended Program West

Students learn the tools and principles of digital typeface design through individual typeface design projects and 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.

Schedule

The planned dates for 2017-2018 Extended program begin with the fall term, and run for 3 terms: fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018 with exact dates to be announced in early spring 2017.

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 weeknight evenings plus one weekend per term, and elective classes meet mostly on weekends and sometimes evenings.

Tuition

Tuition for each term in the 2017-2018 program is $2,385 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.

First term tuition is due no later than Friday, June 30, 2017 to secure a student’s place in the program. Payment instructions will be provided with the acceptance notification.

APPLY
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MAY 31

Applications for admission to the 2017-2018 Extended program will be accepted between Monday, May 1st and Wednesday May 31st. A $75 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each application. 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.

Apply online before midnight on May 31.

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 June 20, 2017.

Application Materials

Candidates are asked to submit the following application materials to type@cooper.edu with the subject heading “Typeface Design Application.” The body of 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. Where work is executed by a team, 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_West_2017”.

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



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

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat., Feb. 03 – Sun., Feb. 04, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Original Typeface Design
with James Edmondson with Frank Grießhammer with Tânia Raposo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon., Feb. 05 – Mon., Apr. 09, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
The Lexicon of Power
with Grendl Löfkvist

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue., Feb. 06 – Tue., Apr. 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Family Expansion
with James Edmondson with Frank Grießhammer with Tânia Raposo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon., Jun. 04 – Mon., Aug. 06, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Cultural Impact
with Grendl Löfkvist

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue., Jun. 05 – Tue., Aug. 07, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive



Detailed course, workshop and lecture descriptions below

Participants in this program are exposed to a range of elective and mandatory events that form an integral part of the program’s experience. There are unique events each year but most of these courses repeat. Please direct all inquiries to type@cooper.edu. Your questions will receive the promptest possible reply.

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Planting the Seeds for Creating a Script Typeface Design
with Rich Lipton

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Nov. 11 – Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Drawn Roman Capitals
with Julian Waters

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Nov. 04 – Sun., Nov. 05, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Introduction to Serif Lettering
with James Edmondson

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 28 – Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Proportions
with John Downer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 21 – Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

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

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat., Oct. 14 – Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Pointed Pen Calligraphy for Beginners
with Frank Grießhammer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 07 – Sun., Oct. 08, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Transformative Technologies
with Grendl Löfkvist

Required for Extended program certificate students
Wed., Oct. 04 – Wed., Dec. 06, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Fundamentals of Typeface Design
with James Edmondson with Frank Grießhammer with Tânia Raposo

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon., Oct. 02 – Mon., Dec. 04, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Letterpress Printing
with Grendl Löfkvist

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat., Nov. 12 – Sun., Nov. 13, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

location: to be determined

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Lettering as Composition
with Erik Marinovich

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Nov. 05 – Sun., Nov. 06, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Making Faces (& Other Emoji)
with Colin Ford

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 29 – Sun., Oct. 30, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Grids & Grits
with Tânia Raposo

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 22 – Sun., Oct. 23, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Think Big Think Small
with John Downer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 15 – Sun., Oct. 16, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Micro Typography
with Tânia Raposo

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 08 – Sun., Oct. 09, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Typefaces You Can Write With A Pen & Brush
with Carl Rohrs

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Oct. 01 – Sun., Oct. 02, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Expanding a Type Family
with Andy Clymer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Sep. 17 – Sun., Sep. 18, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Typeface Designs in Context
with Rob Saunders

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue., Sep. 13 – Tue., Nov. 15, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Weights, Widths & Styles
with James Edmondson with Frank Grießhammer

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon., Sep. 12 – Mon., Nov. 14, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Entering the curve: an introduction to five hundred years of cursive script 1150–1650
with Ewan Clayton

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Jul. 23 – Sun., Jul. 24, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Font Production for Typeface Families
with Frank Grießhammer

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Jul. 09 – Sun., Jul. 10, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Scripting your Font Editor with Python
with Just van Rossum

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Jun. 25 – Sun., Jun. 26, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
The English Writing-Masters and their Copybooks
with Simran Thadani

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Jun. 14 – Tue., Jun. 14, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

location: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

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

Required for Extended program certificate students
Sat., Jun. 04 – Sun., Jun. 05, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
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@Cooper - Extended Program West
Designing Companion Typefaces
with Sumner Stone

Required for Extended program certificate students
Mon., May. 16 – Mon., Aug. 01, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Tailored Typography
with Dan Rhatigan

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Mar. 29 – Tue., Mar. 29, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

location: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
The Renaissance Capital in Script and Type
with Ewan Clayton

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Mar. 19 – Sun., Mar. 20, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Edward Johnston: Calligraphy & Type Design
with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Mar. 15 – Tue., Mar. 15, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

location: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Bodoni, the Face behind the Face
with Valerie Lester

Special guest lecture open to the public
Wed., Mar. 09 – Wed., Mar. 09, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

location: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Drawn Letters
with Jim Parkinson

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Feb. 27 – Sun., Feb. 28, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
Letter Together
with Jessica Hische

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Sat., Feb. 06 – Sun., Feb. 07, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
The Tools & Technology
with Rob Saunders

Required for Extended program certificate students
Tue., Jan. 26 – Tue., Mar. 29, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Type@Cooper - Extended Program West
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