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

This Lecture Series is a part of Type@Cooper which is open to the public. The lectures thematically follow the overall curriculum of the program, offering students a deeper insight into specific and relevant topics. Lectures are co-sponsored by Letterform Archive, and the San Francisco Public Library. The lectures will take place in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library. The series is generously sponsored by Adobe Typekit.


MAY 31

Applications for admission to the 2017-18 Extended Program are due at midnight Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Read more…

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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 - Recontextualizing Type in Motion
Recontextualizing Type in Motion
with Mindy Seu

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Jun. 06 –
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Type@Cooper - W. A. Dwiggins and Linotype: The Official Releases
W. A. Dwiggins and Linotype: The Official Releases
with Bruce Kennett

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Jun. 20 – Tue., Jun. 20, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Type@Cooper - Web Typography is just typography, sort of
Web Typography is just typography, sort of
with Amy Papaelias

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tue., Jul. 18 – Tue., Jul. 18, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Upcoming Public Workshops

Type@Cooper - Micro & Macro Typography
Micro & Macro Typography
with Tânia Raposo

Public workshop
Wed., May. 03 – Wed., May. 31, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Type@Cooper - Lettering as Composition
Lettering as Composition
with Erik Marinovich

Public workshop
Sat., May. 20 – Sun., May. 21, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Type@Cooper - Psychedelic Lettering
Psychedelic Lettering
with James Edmondson

Public workshop
Sat., Jul. 22 – Sun., Jul. 23, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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