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Book Arts

Group of students using an etching press

Book Arts is an excellent major for artists desiring a multi-media environment for their talents and who have a flair for diverse materials.

Printmaking, photography, fine paper, unusual and standard binding techniques, computer applications, drawing, painting and design all convene in the book. The idea of a book is not confined to its common commercial definition but can take many inventive forms. The book can emerge from the creative process as a graphic novel, a sculpture, an installation or any form at all. Students with book arts major are valued in all graphic arts occupations.

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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Book Arts (30 credits)

Majors also must satisfy the general art requirements (24 credits).

Required:
+ART 220 Printmaking
+ART 250 Papermaking 
+ART 260 Bookbinding
+ART 290 Screen Printing
ART 360 Artist's Books
ART 390 Letterpress
DSGN 220 Typography 
ENGL 317 Creative Writing Workshop

Three credits of 300 level art history 

Three credits from the following:
ART 320 Advanced Printmaking
WI-ART 410 Professional Practices
DSGN 230 Digital Illustration
DSGN 320 Experimental Typography

Optional:
ART 402 Senior Honors Book Arts

Minor in Book Arts (18 credits)

Required:
+ART 100 Drawing
+ART 220 Printmaking
+ART 260 Bookbinding 
DSGN 210 Computers in Art

Choose six credits:
+ART 250 Papermaking
+ART 290 Screen Printing
ART 360 Artist's Books
ART 390 Letterpress
DSGN 220 Typography

+ = satisfies General Education requirement