The Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union, in partnership with Letterform Archive, offers a post graduate certificate in Typeface Design, public workshops and a lecture series in San Francisco, California. This certificate program is the equivalent of the Extended program that has been offered on campus in NYC since 2010.

Certificate Program

Top industry professionals lead a highly focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: techniques, technology, aesthetics, expression, history, and theory. Students explore the foundation of typography in depth by creating their own typefaces in hands-on classes, while developing a broad understanding of the field through lectures, discussions, and research.

Read more about the year long Extended Program

Public Classes & Workshops

Courses are offered to provide training in lettering, type history, typeface design, technology and production to anyone wishing to build skills and their knowledge base.

Lecture Series

Details coming soon.


NOV 23

Applications for admissions to the 2016 Certificate Program are due by midnight, Monday November 23, 2015.

A $75 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each application.

The program will begin in January and is limited to 18 participants. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

To receive notifications about San Francisco programs, workshop and lectures join this mailing list. To receive updates on the offerings in New York you can join the NYC list.

We are happy to announce the dates for the next Typographics festival. Hope to see you there on June 17 & 18, 2016. There will be workshops and tours schedule in the weeks around these dates too, so mark your calendars! To receive notifications about Typographics 2016 join this mailing list.

Upcoming Public Lectures

Type@Cooper - For Display Only
For Display Only
with James Edmondson

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Mar. 07 –
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Type@Cooper - Design History as a Model for Contemporary Practice
Design History as a Model for Contemporary Practice
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Mar. 21 –
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Check out more lectures

Upcoming Public Workshops

Type@Cooper - Grids & Grits
Grids & Grits
with Tânia Raposo

Public workshop
Sat., Mar. 04 – Sun., Mar. 05, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Type@Cooper - Understanding Script Lettering
Understanding Script Lettering
with Victoria Rushton

Public workshop
Sat., Mar. 11 – Sun., Mar. 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Type@Cooper - Micro Typography
Micro Typography
with Alexander Tochilovsky

Public workshop
Sat., Mar. 18 – Sun., Mar. 19, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Check out more public workshops