MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking

Papaveraceae (Poppies)

Papaveraceae (Poppies)

Prepared manuscript ink (Cochineal, Chestnut, Iron Gall Ink), Chinese paper by Denise Carbone MFA '92 (Book Arts + Printmaking)
Dark Garden

Dark Garden

Ink on paper by faculty member Astrid Bowlby
Memories Unfolded

Memories Unfolded

Hand-cut kozo, screen print on Rives BFK by Sun Young Kang MFA '09 (Book Arts + Printmaking)
Swell Series, Orbs II

Swell Series, Orbs II

Backlit film, light box by faculty member/alumna Juliana Foster MFA '06 (Book Arts + Printmaking)
Tiptoe Through the Cosmos

Tiptoe Through the Cosmos

Accordion letterpress-printed book with soft cover by faculty member Susan Viguers

If you have a passion for books as a form of creative expression, look no further than the University of the Arts. Our MFA program in Book Arts + Printmaking was one of the first of its kind in the country and is one of the few in which students can earn a dual MFA in both areas of study, allowing for lots of options after graduation, from teaching or conservation to printing, designing and publishing.

Students in the program get broad exposure to all aspects of this specialized field, from exploring text and image to the authoring, printing and binding of a book. The core of the program focuses on bookbinding, fine art printmaking and letterpress, as well as creative writing, conservation and conceptual development. Students have access to exclusive campus facilities including a letterpress studio, a fully equipped bindery and individual studio spaces, as well as shared facilities for lithography, screenprinting, etching, offset lithography, digital printing and papermaking. You'll be part of a unique printmaking community that often extends beyond graduation to take advantage of Philadelphia's thriving print community.

The University's location in Philadelphia and its proximity to New York City and Washington, D.C., also means students have access to numerous public and private collections of old and rare books, artists' books, and prints for specialized study, such as Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library, housing one of the world's greatest collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books. Students can also take advantage of internship opportunities in places like Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop and Museum, the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Philadelphia, Second State Press, Bella Forte Bindery, and with local contemporary artists working in letterpress, printmaking and book arts.

For more information, contact Cynthia Thompson, director of the MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking program, at 215-717-6106.

Jim Hinz MFA ’95 (Book Arts/Printmaking)

After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Jim Hinz MFA '95 (Book Arts + Printmaking) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

the Watermelon Seed by by Greg Pizzoli MFA '09 (Book Arts/Printmaking)

In the News

The Watermemlon Seed by Printmaking Lecturer and alumnus Greg Pizzoli MFA '09 (Book Arts + Printmaking) wins American Library Association's 2014 Geisel Award for most distinguished book for beginning readers.

MFA Book Arts featured work

Featured Work

Work by Sally Faulkner MFA '10 (Book Arts + Printmaking) is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.