Letterpress facilities include five Vandercook proof presses, a photopolymer platemaking system, and over 600 drawers of monotype, foundry and wood type. Five etching presses and four lithography presses are available for printing.
Besides an ATF-Davidson offset press in the offset lithography pressroom, students have access to the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, equipped with a Heidelberg KORS offset press and a full darkroom for experimental and production printing. An imaging lab houses a darkroom equipped with enlargers, horizontal and vertical copy-cameras, a large format digital printer, and a state-of-the art filmsetting system integrated with the University’s Macintosh computer labs. In a graduate resource room students can find book structure models, books, journals, and newsletters relating to book arts and printmaking, and professional materials on book artists, presses, and programs.
Students also have access to many of the University’s other extensive facilities, including state-of-the-art computers, galleries, and the Greenfield Library, whose visual art collection (books, periodicals, and slides) is one of the largest among the nation’s visual art schools. Its special collection of artists’ books is used as a valuable teaching resource.
Students frequently choose to use their elective credits for internships in professional laboratories and organizations. Internships in galleries and non-profit print and book centers have included The Print Center, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Students are welcome as interns in many prestigious conservation labs, among them, the American Philosophical Society, The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.