The Saturday Program

About The Saturday Program 

Founded in 1968, Cooper Union's Saturday Program has offered free studio art courses to New York City public high school students for over 55 years. Our current courses are: Architecture, Digital Media/Photography, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Senior Studio - Visual Art and Senior Studio - Design. To learn more about our offerings, check out our Courses page.

Classes run every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm throughout the school year, with the exception of holidays. This schedule provides the intensive working time necessary to explore media, technique, and concept for both the beginner and the student with art experience. Each Saturday Program class also contains a one-hour writing session with a professional poet. All Saturday Program classes take field trips to galleries, museums, and cultural institutions across the city.

2023-24 Program Dates:

  • Fall: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/8, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
  • Spring: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/1, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13

Applying to The Saturday Program

Applications for the 2023-24 school year are now open! Students interested in attending in the Fall 2023 semester should submit their application by August 31st.




Students need no prior experience, just strong motivation. Those who have attended the program in prior years will be offered a place in the program as space permits. Returning students should select "Returning" in the application portal. For more information, please email

If you are a current Cooper Union student and would like to work for The Saturday Program as an Instructor or Support Staff, check for listings here.

  • 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.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.