Program Details

Offers advanced study in interdisciplinary studio arts, focusing on the book as a vehicle of artistic expression.
Philadelphia, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Fine Art

Program Overview

Program Description:
The MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program offers advanced study in interdisciplinary studio arts, focusing on the book as a vehicle of artistic expression and printmaking in the context of the narrative A defining characteristic of the program is the breadth and depth of possibilities available to those exploring the art of the book and print. Students are encouraged to experiment and push the boundaries of the idea of the book, printmaking, and narrative and to develop an mastery in whatever direction that takes, be it two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital, haptic, or language art. Important features of the program are its printmaking opportunities, its emphasis on investigating traditional and modern bookbinding, its encouragement of writing and the use of text, and its context in an arts university, giving students a unique opportunity to draw on other art areas—such as, photography, graphic design, multimedia, crafts, and sculpture. The MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking is a 60-credit degree-granting program that can be completed in two years. Core coursework in book-binding, lithography and letterpress is augmented by further studio work, as well as seminars and colloquia on art and the book, workshops with visiting artists, and internships. In their second year, students prepare for their thesis exhibit under the supervision of an advisory committee selected by the student. Successful completion of a thesis project is required for a degree to be awarded.

Additional Program Information

The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; telephone: 276-284-5000). The College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Industrial Designers' Society of America. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Financial Aid:
A completed graduate application form, plus $60 application fee; official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended; three letters of recommendation; a one- to two-page statement of professional plans and goals; GRE scores recommended but not required; a personal interview with the program director or chairperson; curriculum vitae; portfolio of 20-30 digital images. All digital images, time-based media and writing samples should be submitted for review online via
International Requirements:
Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) or 580 (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or complete Level 9 in the University’s ESL Institute. Students who do not meet score minimums may be required to successfully complete an English Language Program prior to matriculation. All applicants with post secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit an official evaluation for each transcript. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mandates that all foreign students applying for (or transferring their current) F-1 student visa sponsorship show sufficient funding for at least one year of study. A Certification of Finances form will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. The Certification of Finances is not required to make an offer of admission however, the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.