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Certificate in Book Arts 

A Certificate in Book Arts is awarded upon completion of four book arts courses and an additional two courses from the elective list. Alternatively, a student might opt out of the electives, choosing to take six courses in the Book Arts series (or five book arts and one elective). Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Book Arts, a student may propose additional courses as electives, pending approval by the certificate and major advisors.

Offering a unique setting for cross-disciplinary research, exploration, and production, the certificate allows students to take full advantage of the tremendous Book Arts facilities, equipment, faculty, and staff to experiment with new formats for visual communication, textual presentation, technological application, and conceptual development. Additionally, continuous access to and instruction in conjunction with the Rare Books staff and collections—which present countless approaches to diverse content—expand the Book Arts Certificate student's educational experience.

In their book arts classes, students pursuing the certificate engage with Program faculty in conceptual development of their own artistic publications. They utilize and synthesize old and new technologies to develop original art and content for their book works. Book Arts Program classes thrive on the communities they foster. The courses have strong studio components, so students share space and ideas throughout the course of the semester. Through class critique and discussion, Book Arts Certificate students engage with their peers and instructors to explore concepts, problems, and solutions more deeply.

Admission Requirements

The certificate program is open to those who have already completed a Bachelor's Degree. If not already enrolled, certificate students must apply and be accepted by the University of Utah before they begin the required coursework. Visit the U’s admissions site for information on how to apply. Additionally, any University of Utah undergraduate student in good standing is eligible to seek a Certificate in Book Arts.

Student Advisement

To make a CFA advising appointment:

Students who wish to speak with the book arts faculty mentor regarding class choices or for approval on electives should make an appointment with Marnie Powers-Torrey:

Certificate Courses

Elective courses

Note: course numbers differ depending on major or non-major status; some courses require prerequisites.




Art History

Nearly any art history course would be considered an eligible elective, depending on the nature of the student's interest. The Art History Faculty have expressed interest in and willingness to work with certificate students to identify projects within the scope of particular courses that best apply to the art of the book.


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Studio Hours

Fall 2018 Semester

August 21 – December 14 

  • Monday:
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm thru October 16
  • Wednesday:
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday:
    1:00 – 9:00 pm thru October 18
  • Friday: 
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday:
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Click here for complete hours including studio closures and holidays.

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Special Collections

 Last Modified 8/15/18