The Cooper Union School of Art Outreach Program

/ Saturday Program

How to Apply


The Outreach Pre-College Program accepts high school students who live in New York City and surrounding areas, in grades 10-12, and who are enrolled in either a public or private high school. Each seasonal program is designed for a specific grade level.

Please refer to the calendar for complete portfolio review dates and grade eligibility for each session.


Students must come to campus to be interviewed in person in order to be admitted to the program. If you are unable to come to the portfolio review at the scheduled time, please contact the office before the review date to set up an individual appointment.  (The office IS open Monday- Wednesday, 9-5pm.  The office is NOT open Thursday or Friday.)

Each season has a separate application and portfolio review date. Please refer to the schedule and eligibility requirements to make sure that you are applying for the correct session.


The Portfolio Review is held at 41 Cooper Square, 1st Floor (7th Street @ 3rd Avenue). 

The reviews run from 10am to approximately 2pm. 

Arrive according to your last name:  A-M 10am-12pm N-Z 12pm-2pm. 

Your portfolio should include 10-20 original artworks (you may include proper documentation for artworks too big or unable to be brought in person)...

...As well as any sketchbooks, to include drawing from observation

Artwork for the portfolio does NOT need to be matted. 

You can download the application at home or call 212-353-4202 to request that an application be mailed to your home address.  Applications will also be available on-site, the day of the Portfolio Review.  Bring the completed application with your portfolio to the review on the specified date, (see calendar). Please call 212-353-4202 with any questions, or write to

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2014 Fall Program Application

Portfolio Review Sept. 20, 2014 - 10am to 2pm

If you are observing Yom Kippur, please call to make an appointment during our office hours (9am - 5pm) on September 9, 10, 11, 12.

Grades 11 – 12 are eligible to apply.               

Courses are held on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm Sept. 27 – Nov. 22, 2014

Drawing, writing, and a choice between photography or printmaking

2015 Winter Program: Mixed Media and Guest Artist Series Application

Portfolio Review Dec. 13, 2014 - 10am to 2pm                                                 


Grades 10-12 are eligible to apply.                                                          

Courses are held on Saturdays from 10am – 5pm Jan. 10 – Feb. 7, 2015


2015 Spring Program Application

Portfolio Review Feb 7, 2015 - 10am to 2pm

Grades 10 – 11 are eligible to apply.

Courses are held on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm Feb. 21 – April 11, 2015

Drawing, Writing, Contemporary Art Issues, and a choise between 2D or 3D design

Visit the link below to learn more about Summer Art Intensive at Cooper Union: