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

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.