Minor in Book Arts

Earn a book arts minor

The minor in book arts offers a comprehensive course of study for disciplines in 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 solve problems.

The book arts minor consists of 15-credit hours focused on book bindings and technical processes as they relate to artists' books and sculptural paper, handmade paper production, methods of typesetting, and image development within the book environment, as well as book arts in the contemporary art and print market.

Declaring the minor

Students who wish to pursue this minor must submit an online application declaring their intention before taking any courses. However, if you have already taken and completed one of the courses listed below, the minor requirement may be met once you have officially enrolled.

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A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the requirements for the book arts minor.

Not all courses are regularly offered. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to better plan their studies.


Choose three of the following courses (one 300 level is required):

  • HER-G 206 Bookbinding (3 credits)
  • HER-G 208 Letterpress Typesetting (3 credits)§
  • HER-G 211 Book Arts Basics (3 credits)§
  • HER-G 308 The Visual Book (3 credits)§
  • HER-G 310 The Printed Book (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • HER-G 209 Papermaking (3 credits)
  • HER-G 210 Paper Engineering (3 credits)
  • HER-G 406 Advanced Practices in Book Arts (3 credits)§

† Courses only offered in the fall semester.
§ Courses only offered in the spring semester.


For questions about the book arts minor, contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services at (317) 278-9400 or herron4u@iupui.edu.

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