This is a first version of the University of Iowa 2018-19 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF version will be published soon after the fall semester begins.

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.

Studio Requirements
Courses from the areas below should be selected in consultation with advisor.
Required Electives
Three of these (9 s.h.):
UICB:4205/BKAT:4205Bookbinding I: Materials and Techniques3
UICB:4300/ARTS:4300Letterpress I3
UICB:4400/ARTS:4400History of Western Letterforms3
UICB:4415Calligraphy I: Foundational Hands3
UICB:5110/BKAT:5110Islamic/Asian Papermaking History and Technique3
UICB:5130/BKAT:5120European Papermaking History and Technique3
Graduate Book Arts Workshop
This course (must be taken three semesters for total of 9 s.h.):
UICB:6520Graduate Book Arts Workshop3
Book Art Seminar
This course:
UICB:6510Book Art Seminar: History, Practice, and Critique3
Studio Practice Electives
Studio practice courses15
Scholarly Inquiry Requirement
Two of the following, or students may request to use related courses approved by the head of the scholarly inquiry area (6 s.h.):
UICB:3140/ENGL:3140Literature and the Book3
UICB:3142/ENGL:3142Topics in Book History3
UICB:4150/ENGL:4150/SLIS:4150Introduction to Book Studies3
UICB:4910/HIST:4910/SLIS:4910The Book in the Middle Ages3
UICB:4920/HIST:4920/SLIS:4920The Transition from Manuscript to Print3
UICB:5600/SLIS:5600History of Readers and Reading3
UICB:6100Book Studies Proseminar3
Material Analysis Requirement
This course:
UICB:4930/HIST:4430Topics in Material Analysis3
Additional Electives
Elective courses (may include 0–6 s.h. of thesis credit; see below)15
Thesis
Can be taken for maximum of 6 s.h.:
UICB:6540M.F.A. Thesis Hoursarr.

M.F.A./M.A. in Library and Information Science

The Center for the Book and the School of Library and Information Science offer a combined Master of Fine Arts in book arts/Master of Arts in library and information science. The combined 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. Students in the combined program earn both degrees by completing fewer semester hours than if each degree was completed separately.

Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined 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.