I think cooper union is a really fine artsy school meaning a heavy lean towards modern art. I have a teacher who went there that said they had a class on perspective but the teachers there had no idea about the rules of perspective. Basically, for them it was just making a few vanishing points and drawing some lines towards it.
Somehow I doubt they would teach you the real science behind color or getting the life of a gesture. I would think that they would rather you focus on making something new and novel.
"So now we have modeled something that will get us nowhere in life"