Book Arts Studio: Concept, Image Type (first semester)
The student is introduced to practical and conceptual concerns intrinsic to the production of books and prints. Emphasis is on both print processes, including hands-on experience with letterpress, lithography (plate and offset) and digital printmaking, and conceptual/production processes, including creating dummies and pre press work. Conceptual explorations further the development of the student’s visual language.
Book Arts Studio: Color/Mark (first semester)
The student is provided with a broad range of image-making approaches. Personal imagery is investigated through various printmaking and drawing techniques.
Book Arts Studio: Projects (second semester)
Building on what has been learned in the previous semester, the student continues to develop his or her skills and techniques and explore particular interests in the creation of several works.
Thesis Studio I and II (third and fourth semesters)
In the third semester, in conjunction with the faculty advisor, the MFA candidate develops an individual course of study and defines the projects, in preparation for the required thesis exhibition. In the fourth semester the student develops and executes that exhibition, one that constitutes a mature body of work.
Bookbinding (all four semesters)
Basic book structures are explored in the first semester with emphasis on sound conservation techniques and good craftsmanship. In the second semester historic book structures serve as models and departure points for innovative bindings. In the third semester, investigation of the book structure at an advanced technical level continues. Through critiques and individual instruction, the fourth semester is devoted to developing structures that support thesis work.