Book Arts Minor

Earn a Book Arts minor

The minor in Book Arts offers a comprehensive course of study to disciplines for which text, narrative and visuals are relevant in relation to tactile form, structure, interactivity and presentation. Course work is committed to developing excellence in work by hand as well as expressive and conceptual skills. Finding synergies between disciplines is an important aspect of artists' books as well as complementing the digital world with unique objects that can creatively problem solve.

The minor consists of 15-credit hours focused on book bindings and technical processes as they relate to artists’ books and/or sculptural paper, handmade paper production, methods of typesetting and image development within the book environment, as well as the role of book arts in the contemporary art and print market. The program builds students' technical skills and conceptual maturity for advanced and professional work in the medium and prepares for employment in such fields as book restoration, the printing industry, public relations, and education.


Choose three from the following (one 300 level required):

  • HER G206 Bookbinding (3 credits)
  • HER G211 Book Arts Basics (3 credits)
  • HER G208 Letterpress Typesetting (3 credits)
  • HER G308 The Visual Book (3 credits)
  • HER G310 The Printed Book (3 credits)

Choose one from the following:

  • HER G209 Papermaking (3 credits)
  • HER G210 Paper Engineering (3 credits)


  • HER G406 Advanced Practices in Book Arts (3 credits)
  • Complete a Herron minor application

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