This is a list of all University of Iowa Center for the Book courses. For more information, see Center for the Book.
UICB:2100 Creative Writing for Book Arts3 s.h.
Creative writing in context of book arts; text and image, typography, visual sequence, graphic narrative; zines, chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books.
UICB:2110 Introduction to Book Arts3 s.h.
Topics related to artist books, hand bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking, and lettering arts. Same as BKAT:2110.
UICB:2600 Graphic Design II3 s.h.
Fundamentals of typography as a core element in visual communication; introduction to historical typographic practices as well as modern modes of designing with type. Prerequisites: ARTS:1510 and ARTS:1520. Corequisites: DSGN:2500. Same as DSGN:2600.
UICB:2900 Book Design for Publishing3 s.h.
UICB:3140 Literature and the Book3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: Early Literatures through 17th-Century, 18th/19th-Century Literature, or 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:3140.
UICB:3142 Topics in Book History3 s.h.
Authorship, publishing, and so forth within specific historical and cultural contexts. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century, 18th/19th-Century Literature, or 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:3142.
UICB:3280 Elements of Book Art3 s.h.
Overview of book art process and techniques for nonmajors; introduction to traditional bookbinding skills, nontraditional book structures, and content development for artist books. Same as BKAT:3280.
UICB:3310 Typography4 s.h.
Introduction to letterform and typographic fundamentals; designing with type--attention to composition, hierarchy, historical practice. Corequisites: DSGN:2110, if not taken as a prerequisite. Same as DSGN:3120.
UICB:3380 Elements of Letterpress3 s.h.
Introduction to letterpress printing; metal type, relief printing, page layout, and basic typography; basic use of Vandercook Proof Press; experimentation with diverse letterpress techniques; for non-book art majors. Same as BKAT:3380.
UICB:3400 Calligraphy: Foundational Hands3 s.h.
Fundamental calligraphic skills using Roman majuscule, Humanistic minuscule, Italic; basic layout and color theory incorporated into letter practice. Same as BKAT:3400.
UICB:3900 Special Project for Undergraduatesarr.
UICB:4010 Studies in Book Technologiesarr.
Topics such as book design, printing, paper arts, letterforms, typography.
UICB:4100 Paperworks3 s.h.
Conceptual and methodological approaches to 2-D and 3-D paper works; creation of works that couple unique properties of paper-pulp medium with personal visual ideas and clarity of intent; contemporary issues in paper pulp, medium's relationship to larger art and craft contexts. Same as BKAT:4100.
UICB:4150 Introduction to Book Studies3 s.h.
Theory and practice of book studies; meanings of word and image in the book format; comparative study of other media, applied study of the codex as physical artifact. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century, or 18th/19th-Century Literature, or 20th/21st-Century Literature. Same as ENGL:4150, SLIS:4150.
UICB:4205 Bookbinding I: Materials and Techniques3 s.h.
Hands-on introduction to materials and techniques commonly used in bookbinding. Same as BKAT:4205.
UICB:4210 Boxes and Enclosures3 s.h.
Hands-on techniques for a variety of book enclosures; appropriateness, aesthetic issues concerning box design; Japanese wraparound case, drop-spine box, hinged and lidded boxes, slipcase; technical skill development. Prerequisites: UICB:4205. Same as BKAT:4210.
UICB:4270 Bookbinding II3 s.h.
Builds on skills acquired in UICB:4205; projects to complete six bindings based on historical and contemporary models; sewing styles, board attachments, endband types; nonadhesive and case-bound structures, varied materials and binding styles, their effects on structure, aesthetic considerations, further development of solid binding skills; historical development of particular binding practices. Prerequisites: UICB:4205. Same as BKAT:4270.
UICB:4280 Artists' Books3 s.h.
Exploration of the book as a form for artistic expression; emphasis on conceptual development; relationship between content, form, and structure; how a book's structure and design can enhance and integrate part of the work's meaning. Prerequisites: UICB:4205 or UICB:4205. Same as BKAT:4280.
UICB:4290 Historical Book Structures3 s.h.
UICB:4300 Letterpress I3 s.h.
Mechanics of letterpress printing, typography, and design as applied to hand set metal type and edition printing; printing on a Vandercook proof press; introduction to photopolymer plates and methods of illustration related to edition printing, historical aspects of printing technology, typecasting, type classification; role of letterpress in modern private press and contemporary artist books. Same as ARTS:4300.
UICB:4305 Computer Graphics for Book Arts3 s.h.
Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite graphic design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop); emphasis on using software for book arts applications; typesetting and pagination of multipage documents; methods for combining text and image; tools and techniques for digital illustration; creation and manipulation of digital images; preparations of digital files for desktop or letterpress printing and services bureau output.
UICB:4340 Digital Design for Artists' Books3 s.h.
Introduction to concepts, techniques, and technologies used to design and produce artists' books with personal computers and graphic design software. Same as ARTS:4340.
UICB:4380 Letterpress II3 s.h.
Builds on skills acquired in UICB:4300; students produce an editioned letterpress printed chapbook or artist book, a poster for a public event, and an image built from metal type; exploration of hand-set metal, digital typesetting, printing from photopolymer plates, and pressure printing; press mechanics and operation; publication philosophies, manuscript acquisition, and topics specific to literary fine press and artist books; historical and contemporary context for literary fine press publications and artist book work. Prerequisites: UICB:4300.
UICB:4390 Book and Publication Design3 s.h.
Students plan, design, and produce a book using Adobe Creative Suite; page layout software, typography, page layout and design, book formatting, handling of image files, preparation of materials for print and other contemporary book media; history of book design, book design in contemporary publishing; visit to University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. Prerequisites: DSGN:3120 or UICB:4300. Same as ARTS:4390.
UICB:4400 History of Western Letterforms3 s.h.
History of Western letterforms, with focus on tools, materials, techniques; the major hands, their place in history, their influence on modern times; creation of letterforms using appropriate tools; hands-on approach with emphasis on understanding rather than mastery. Same as BKAT:4400.
UICB:4415 Calligraphy I: Foundational Hands3 s.h.
Hands-on instruction in italic and pressure pen scripts; historical relationships, effects on modern letterforms.
UICB:4420 Calligraphy I: Blackletter Hands3 s.h.
Explores some of the many calligraphic forms known collectively as blackletter hands (medieval introduction to calligraphy); study of various hands from the heavily vertical Textura to the floridly expressive Gothic Cursive, and the distinctive connotations these unique letterform carry; emphasis on exploring the creative process while refining calligraphic skills and understanding the historical and social connections this hand has with other disciplines.
UICB:4490 Advanced Studies in Letter Arts3 s.h.
UICB:4910 The Book in the Middle Ages3 s.h.
UICB:4920 The Transition from Manuscript to Print3 s.h.
UICB:4930 Topics in Material Analysis3 s.h.
Analysis and description of physical book artifacts and their component parts (parchment, paper, bookbinding) and allied specialties (the lettering arts, printing and illustration techniques); reading, writing, presentations. Same as HIST:4430.
UICB:5110 Islamic/Asian Papermaking History and Technique3 s.h.
History, technique, and aesthetics of traditional Islamic and Asian hand papermaking. Same as BKAT:5110.
UICB:5130 Western Papermaking History and Technique3 s.h.
History and technique of traditional European hand papermaking and related aesthetics; students gain confidence in pursuing independent production of handmade papers or undertaking related research in their own particular areas of interest; fiber preparation, sheet forming, and drying/finishing methods; concurrent readings and discussions of related history and aesthetics; special projects selected by student with instructor approval. Same as BKAT:5120.
UICB:5160 Studies in Papermakingarr.
UICB:5170 Advanced Papermaking Production3 s.h.
Independent Western- or Japanese-style projects undertaken at UICB Research and Production Paper Facility at Oakdale Campus under faculty guidance; plan, implement, and evaluate professional scale production runs using full-scale equipment. Prerequisites: UICB:5110 or UICB:5130 or BKAT:5110 or BKAT:5120. Same as BKAT:5170.
UICB:5180 Advanced Projects in Paper3 s.h.
Advanced independent projects undertaken in a classroom setting; collaborative group discussions to plan, implement, troubleshoot, and evaluate student projects. Prerequisites: UICB:5110 or UICB:5130 or BKAT:5110 or BKAT:5120. Same as BKAT:5180.
UICB:5210 Bookbinding III3 s.h.
Bookbinding structures based on historical and contemporary models; differences in various binding practices, how these differences affect function, why the styles developed; experience choosing appropriate structures for particular uses; emphasis on fine tuning skills and techniques required for advanced binding practices; sewn endbands, rounding and backing, sewing on varied supports, board attachments, and covering methods. Prerequisites: (UICB:4205 or BKAT:4205) and (UICB:4270 or BKAT:4270). Requirements: for UICB:5210 -- UICB:4205 and UICB:4270; for BKAT:5210 -- BKAT:4205 or BKAT:4270 or UICB:4205 or UICB:4270. Same as BKAT:5210.
UICB:5220 Book Conservation3 s.h.
Practical methods, materials assessment, conservation history and evolution. Prerequisites: UICB:4270.
UICB:5280 Bookbinding IV3 s.h.
Advanced studies in bookbinding; fine binding styles, leather paring and tooling, advanced finishing techniques, refining skills; continued look at differences in regional binding practices, how these differences affect function, and why particular styles developed. Prerequisites: UICB:5210.
UICB:5330 Letterpress III: Imagemakingarr.
Advanced work in alternative and innovative letterpress technologies as they apply to imagemaking processes for fine press printing; topics include pressure printing, photopolymer from nondigital negatives, explorations of type-high surfaces, monoprints on the Vandercook, and applying hand work to editioned prints; students complete a series of print exercises for each process, a small printed book sketch, and a longer format editioned artist book. Prerequisites: UICB:4380. Same as ARTS:5330.
UICB:5340 Letterpress III: The Handprinted Book3 s.h.
Advanced work in fine press book design; exploration of problems in hand-printing books, choice of manuscript, editing, design, typesetting, proofreading, printing and binding; histories of printing and of the book, emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century book design and literature; issues of book design and production related to letterpress printing. Prerequisites: UICB:4380. Same as ARTS:5340.
UICB:5370 Studies in Printing1-3 s.h.
Development of individual book projects and production of one substantial project or several smaller ones; focus on acquiring or creating a text and/or other content; project development; range of print techniques available in letterpress printing; issues involved in producing editioned artist books or fine press work; opportunity to expand on existing printing; classroom setting used to augment work sessions with in-progress critiques, readings, and visits to special collections.
UICB:5380 Letterpress IV: Advanced Projects3 s.h.
Development and/or production of one substantial project; focus on acquiring or creating a text and/or other content; project development; range of print techniques available in letterpress printing; issues involved in producing editioned artist books or fine press work; opportunity to expand existing printing; classroom setting augments work sessions with in-progress critiques, readings, and visits to special collections. Prerequisites: UICB:5330 or UICB:5340.
UICB:5520 Studies in Book History3 s.h.
Topics related to production, distribution, and consumption of books through history and into the future. Same as SLIS:5520.
UICB:5530 Topics in Preservation3 s.h.
Care, conservation, and preservation of cultural heritage artifacts; readings, discussion, hands-on sessions. Same as SLIS:5530.
UICB:5550 Special Project for Graduate Studentsarr.
UICB:5600 History of Readers and Reading3 s.h.
Cultural nature of reading practices in historic and contemporary contexts of reading; reading communities; dimensions of gender, age, class, religion, race, ethnicity; examples of recent scholarship; use of primary resources; seminar. Same as SLIS:5600.
UICB:6100 Book Studies Proseminar1-3 s.h.
UICB:6370 Topics in Book Studies3 s.h.
Topics relevant to book studies and special collections. Same as SLIS:6370.
UICB:6510 Book Art Seminar: History, Practice, and Critique3 s.h.
Art-historical introduction to book arts (printing, bookbinding, papermaking and paperworks, artist bookwork, lettering arts, literary fine press and fine press artist books); influences and origins, contemporary practice, critical considerations; locating field through lenses of fine art, craft, and book history; weekly readings, observational analyses, hands-on exercises; archival research in the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections; final research, analytical, and/or critical project.
UICB:6520 Graduate Book Arts Workshop3 s.h.
Development of art work and studio practice; readings and research in contemporary theory and practice; analysis of visual language; integration of creative activities and critical thinking in student's own art practice and analysis of contemporary work in book arts; group and individual critiques, studio assignments, presentations, discussions.
UICB:6540 M.F.A. Thesis Hoursarr.