Typeface design education from Cooper Union

The Cooper Union offers Extended and Condensed post­graduate certificate programs in typeface design, plus public workshops, and a free lecture series.

Top industry professionals lead a highly focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: technique, 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. Electives are offered each term, focusing on topics such as pen and brush lettering, Python programming, and advanced tools for font development. A series of guest lectures round out the curriculum, allowing students deeper insight into specific relevant topics. Participants leave the program with the specialized skills to design professional-quality digital typefaces and lettering.

What’s New

Apply by February 29, 2024

Applications for admission to the 2024 Extended Program will be accepted in the month of May 2024. The deadline to apply is midnight of Friday, May 31, 2024. Read more …

Covid Updates

We’re continuing to offer our typeface design certificate programs, workshops, and live-streaming lectures online. In-person classes and events have returned to campus as well.

Typographics Festival

Our tenth annual Typographics design festival is being scheduled for June 10–18, 2024, with a conference, workshops, tours, TypeLab, book fair, and more. Many Type@Cooper events are being planned to coincide with the festival. Early Bird conference tickets are available now until April 30. Details will be made available as they are finalized. Join the mailing list to receive festival updates.

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Upcoming Events

Free Public Lectures

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