- 8.7.2 BOOK ARTS (BA)
enroll in BA courses, a student must be admitted to the Book Arts
Program or have permission of the instructor.
- BA 520 Printing I: Elements of Printing. Three hours.
- Craft skills used in fine
letterpress printing are introduced in a studio environment. Through
a number of printing/publishing experiments and projects, students
gain an understanding of the nature and interaction of printing
types with inks and papers; learn fundamental terminology; and gain
familiarity with the equipment. The emphasis is on setting type,
letterpress printing, and basic typographic design.
- BA 521 Printing
II: Typography and Printing. Three hours.
- Explores contemporary
attitudes and innovations in fine printing and fine press
publishing through individual printing/publishing projects, as
well as a collaborative project. The focus is on typographic
design, editorial decision making, color and image integration,
and press work.
- BA 522 Printing
III: Parallel Editions and Printing. Three or six* hours.
- Students initiate and produce an
edition of a relatively extensive book. Emphasis is on production,
with manuscript selection and editing being critical aspects.
Photopolymer platemaking processes are introduced in a desktop
publishing environment adapted to historic tools and media. Such
subjects as marketing and distribution of limited-edition books are
covered. For those students taking the 6-hour option, a Parallel
Editions book may be produced.
- BA 523 Printing
IV: Printing and Publishing. Three or six* hours.
Refinement of typographical
sensibility coupled with advanced book production experience,
culminating in a limited-edition handmade volume. Direct experience
with bookbinders, artists, illustrators, book distributors, and
myriad post-production considerations for the fine press
- BA 530 Binding I: Elements of Binding. Three hours.
- Drawing upon both the historic and
contemporary Western bookbinding traditions, this course is an
initiation into fundamental binding forms, techniques, materials,
and design. A series of cloth and paper bindings will be designed
and made. While design and innovation will be stressed, the primary
focus of the course will be upon learning technical skills.
- BA 531 Binding
II: An Exploration of the Paper- and Cloth-Bound Book.
- Students will continue to hone
their fundamental binding skills and acquire new ones while also
experimenting with the possibilities that the paper and cloth case
binding forms offer, both one-of-a-kind and multiples. The
examination and use of nontraditional materials and of innovative
binding design are encouraged.
- BA 532 Binding
III: Leather Binding. Three or six* hours.
- A concentrated study of the use of
leather as a binding cover material. Various binding styles and
structures appropriate to leather treatment are studied. Familiarity
with the preparation and application of leather in bookbinding is
achieved through a series of assigned projects culminating in a
final project. Though not the primary focus of the course, binding
design and innovation will be studied and explored.
- BA 533 Binding
IV: Advanced Binding Exploration. Three or six* hours.
- An exploration of bound books as
expressive forms. Students will further refine their leather-working
and binding skills while developing their own binding styles.
Emphasis will be placed upon personal binding interpretation of
printed texts using traditional and nontraditional techniques and
- BA 534
Boxmaking. Three hours.
- Traditional and experimental forms
of boxes and other protective enclosures for books. The use of
paper, cloth, and leather, as well as other nontraditional
materials, will be explored.
- BA 535 Edition
Binding/Parallel Editions. Three hours.
- Exploration, design, and creation
of appropriate enclosures for books that amplify and enhance the
typographic content of the fine limited edition.
- BA 541 Hand Papermaking. Three hours.
- Provides hands-on experience in the
fundamentals of making traditional Western-style handmade papers
using a variety of fibers. The objective is to produce reference
samples of various kinds of sheets, as well as edition sheets of
papers for book or art-making purposes.
- BA 542
Decorated Papers. Three hours.
- Introduction to decorative
techniques, including experiences in the decoration of papers for
binding and printing in a variety of techniques: Turkish watercolor
marbling (ebru-su), Swedish oil-base marbling, Japanese suminagashi, paste papers, printed papers, and stenciling.
- BA 543 Eastern
and Alternative Fiber Papermaking. Three hours.
- Introduction to the mysteries of
Eastern-style papers handmade from natural fibers. We will also
produce papers from plant fibers native or naturalized to the
American landscape. The objective will be to make papers suitable
for printing or bookbinding purposes, as well as substrate for
- Additional Courses
- BA 590 Book Design and Production. Three hours.
- Studies the theoretical and
practical aspects of book design and production. Emphasis is on the
aesthetic principles of bookmaking; the preparation of layouts; and
the selection of type faces, papers, and binding materials.
- BA 592 Graduate
Symposium. Three hours.
- Prerequisite: Fourth-semester
- Discusses professional standards,
professional presentation and portfolio building, creative project
research, exhibition design, management of a small business,
marketing, and other topics. Six meetings during the course of the
- BA 593
Workshops in the Book Arts. One to twelve hours.
- Workshops covering all subjects in
the book arts, held both on and off campus.
- BA 594
Practicum in Teaching the Book Arts. Three or six hours.
- Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
- Practical experience teaching
introductory courses in printing, binding, and other appropriate
- BA 595
Independent Project. One to six hours.
- Provides an opportunity for the
student to pursue independently a project in the book arts.
- BA 596 Directed
Research in the Book Arts. One to six hours.
- Provides an opportunity for an
intensive investigation of both historical and technical studies of
a book-arts craft.
- BA 597
Internship. One to six hours.
- Prerequisites: Second-year standing
and permission of the faculty.
- A direct learning experience in a
studio of a professional book artist.
- BA 599 Creative
Project Production, Thesis, and Exhibition. Nine to twelve
- The capping experience of the
MFA in the book arts program is the creative project, thesis, and
exhibition. Working with a faculty advisor, the candidate develops a
project that demonstrates a deep understanding of the craft and the
aesthetic, historic, and critical contexts of the book; to establish
technical expertise; and to work independently. The thesis paper
provides the student a formal means in which to articulate the
aesthetic, historic, and critical contexts of his or her work as
well as the scope and merits of the creative project. The exhibit,
which is publicly presented in the Book Arts Gallery, provides the
student with an opportunity to showcase both artistic and technical
skills and to contextualize the body of work produced during the
course of the program. A public defense with a slide presentation is