Graduate study of the book is interdisciplinary. It focuses on book arts as hands-on practice as well as a historical and cultural phenomenon. Its principal objectives are to provide scholarly and aesthetic contexts for the study of book history, arts, and technologies; and to offer a structured program in book-related disciplines for graduate students with a serious interest in book studies.

The Master of Fine Arts program in book arts requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit, including a thesis. Students select one of several emphasis areas: artist book work, bookbinding, calligraphy, digital book work, papermaking, or printing. After completing core courses, they work with a faculty advisor to design an individualized curriculum in their specialty area. The degree culminates with the successful completion of a thesis.

The program requires the following course work.

Core courses, a material analysis course, scholarly inquiry courses, and workshops33
Electives in the student's emphasis area18
Additional electives6
Thesis (maximum of 6 s.h.)3
Total Hours60

Joint M.F.A./M.A.: Library and Information Science

The Center for the Book and the School of Library and Information Science offer a joint Master of Fine Arts in book arts/Master of Arts in library and information science. The joint degree program allows students with strong interests in the book arts, book history, and material book studies to also gain expertise in library and information science. The degrees provide book artists and librarians with credentials reflecting a depth of skills and knowledge that have been used to secure positions in special collections libraries and archives. The joint degree program requires a total of 81 s.h. of credit.

Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants much be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the joint degree program. For information about the M.A., see the M.A. in Library and Information Science section of the Catalog.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College. Visit Admissions on the Center for the Book website for more information.