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Book Arts

Explore the scope of the book’s tradition and craft, through both time-honored and experimental processes, as a vehicle to present your ideas. You will be encouraged to investigate the innovation of contemporary book structure by engaging with independent and collaborative projects, as well as discussions and lectures. Gain the conceptual and practical skills necessary for fluency in book construction in which text and image convey meaning.

Michelle Latham, 2013

Barbara Tetenbaum, Department Head

Visiting Artists
Julie Chen
Olivia Güthling
Diane Jacobs
Daniel Kelm
Lee Littlewood
Lisa Radon
Harry Reese
Laura Russell
Gay Walker

Course Descriptions
BA109 Book Arts Survey
BA110 Beginning Letterpress
BA201 Bookbinding
BA202/302 Design Concepts
BA203 Book and Box Structures
BA204/304 Integrated Book Arts
BA205 Printmaking: Relief, Monotype, Collagraph, and Drypoint
BA206 Printmaking: Beginning Intaglio and Photo Transfer
BA207 Beginning Lithography and Photo-Litho
BA301 Advanced-level Book Binding
BA305 Combined Print Media
BA490/491 Book Arts Tutorial

The Print Shop houses a wide range of letterpress, etching and lithographic presses: two 27" x 48" Griffin etching presses, four Vandercook presses, Platen and proofing presses, as well as a large collection of metal and wood type and a system for making polymer plates. The Bindery includes two 40" board shears; three guillotine cutters; job backer; French standing press; nipping presses; two dry-mount presses; antique perforator, and miscellaneous sewing, punching and stamping equipment. The papermaking area is outfitted for Western and Eastern papermaking, including a David Reina Hollander beater. 


Learn more about the College's programs of study:

Undergraduate programs
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft
The Certificate in Craft
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)

Graduate programs
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Collaborative Masters of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design