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Minor in Book Arts

The Minor in Book Arts gives University of Utah undergraduate students formal recognition for completion of 15–16 units comprised of three core book arts courses and a single elective course. Offering a unique setting for cross-disciplinary research, exploration, and production, the minor allows students working in any discipline to take full advantage of the tremendous Book Arts facilities, equipment, faculty, and staff. Students are encouraged to experiment with new formats for visual communication, textual presentation, technological application, and conceptual development—building on and enriching skills and knowledge developed within individual areas of major emphasis. Additionally, continuous access to and instruction in conjunction with Rare Books staff and collections—which present countless approaches to diverse content—expand the Book Arts Minor student's educational experience.

In book arts classes, students pursuing the minor engage with Program faculty in conceptual development of their own artistic publications. They utilize and synthesize old and new technologies (for example, printing on a mid-twentieth century proofing press using photo-sensitive plates designed with contemporary software) 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 Minors engage with their peers and instructors to explore concepts, problems, and solutions more deeply.

Admission Requirements

Any undergraduate student in good standing is eligible to seek a Minor in Book Arts.

Student Advisement

To make a CFA advising appointment:

Advisors in students’ respective departments advise undergraduates in their major emphases. Advisors coordinate as needed to ensure that students are properly directed and to ensure that courses are utilized to fulfill appropriate requirements.

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:

Minor Courses

Required Book Arts 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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 Last Modified 8/15/18