Cooper Hewitt was founded in 1897 as a learning museum for burgeoning designers and those already engaged professionally in design. We are just as dedicated to that mission today as in 1897 and, as such, offer free admission to art and design students that attend the following schools:

  • Alberta College of Art and Design
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Art Center College of Design
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbia University
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • The Cooper Union
  • Corcoran College of Art and Design
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Laguna College of Art and Design
  • Lesley University College of Art and Design
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Maine College of Art
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Memphis College of Art
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MICA)
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art
  • NSCAD University
  • OCAD University
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • School of Visual Arts (SVA)
  • The New School (including Parsons)
  • The University of the Arts
  • Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

International Affiliates:

  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
  • Burren College of Art
  • Osaka University of Arts

We ask that you bring valid I.D. with you in order to redeem your complimentary admission. We look forward to welcoming you to Cooper Hewitt.