The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences. The School of Art is firmly committed to a generalist curriculum that encompasses all the fundamental disciplines and resources of the visual arts. Each student is educated not only in specific disciplines, but also in the complex interrelationships of all the visual vocabularies. This philosophic premise relates to all the objectives of the School of Art and is the foundation upon which all teaching, creative work, service and research are based. The Studio curriculum along with the Art History and General Studies components of the BFA program all have as their goal the acquisition of communication skills, the development of critical perspective, and the mastery of the materials and intellectual premises of the study of societies and people. Throughout eight semesters, students become socially aware, historically grounded, creative practitioners. They are taught to be critical analysts of the world of contemporary visual communications, art and the culture at large.



Drawing, film and video, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture

current faculty

Dennis Adams, Doug Ashford, Mike Essl, Adriana Farmiga, Day Gleeson, Leslie Hewitt, Margaret Morton, Christine Osinski, Walid Raad, Lucy Raven, Alexander Tochilovsky, David True, William Villalongo

notable alumni

Maria Thereza Alves, Daniel Arsham, Meriem Bennani, Seymour Chwast, Bruce Degen, Lois Dodd, Awol Erizku, Milton Glaser, Eva Hesse, Patty Jenkins, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Herb Lubalin, Ellen Lupton, Bill Morrison, Wangechi Mutu, Paul Thek, Tom Wesselmann, Jack Whitten