The Graduate Certificate in Book Arts is to prepare students to integrate history, materials and technologies of the book arts into their research and/or professional programmatic objectives. Students completing the certificate will have obtained a historical, conceptual, and functional understanding of professional best practices, art processes of the three major studio areas that make up the book arts (papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding), and an understanding of the historic relevance of book arts within the broader context of art and craft.

The Book Arts Certificate will be a general 15 credit hour program designed for scholars and professionals in other disciplines. It will provide an overview of the book arts as a basis for the integration of material book studies into outside research or creative specializations. As a compliment to a primary field of study or professional practice, the certificate provides the expertise necessary to produce and critically examine creative book-work within a historical context and contemporary framework.

Admission Criteria 

Applicants seeking admission into the Graduate Book Arts Certificate (15 credit hours) will apply directly to the School of Library and Information Studies. A Bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA, and a statement of purpose will be required.  Students may apply to enroll directly or concurrently with another degree program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and students may begin their study in the Fall or Spring terms. Use the special non-degree certification application. 

Applications to the M.F.A. Book Arts program will receive priority over applications to the certificate program and the numbers of students admitted to each program will be closely monitored to ensure that courses are not filled beyond the capacity of the facilities and faculty.

Program Requirements

Code and Title Hours
Required Studio Core Course Work
BA 520Printing I3
BA 530Bookbinding I3
BA 541Papermaking I3
Required Non-Studio Course Work Options3
CIS 653Descriptive Bibliography
CIS 654Print Culture And Society
CIS 655Book Artifact Materialty Text
CIS 656Electronic/Contemporary Pub.
Elective Course Work Options3
BA 521Printing II
BA 531Bookbinding II
BA 534Boxmaking
CIS 653Descriptive Bibliography
CIS 654Print Culture And Society
CIS 655Book Artifact Materialty Text
CIS 656Electronic/Contemporary Pub.
Total Hours15

All graduate coursework required for the proposed certificate is already offered through the existing ACHE approved M.F.A. Book Arts Program. Students who complete the certificate will be provided formal recognition of specialized knowledge in Book Studies. This recognition will communicate that these graduates have skills and academic preparation in the arts and technologies of the book.

Students may transfer in up to 3 credit hours with advisor approval. The certificate must be completed in 6 academic years.