certificate program



Starting in the Fall of 2012, the Center for Book Arts is proud to announce
a new comprehensive certificate program in the book arts.

The Center for Book Arts' Education Program strives to engage a wide audience, providing beginning students and professional artists alike with a comprehensive and technically challenging curriculum. In addition to foundation classes in letterpress printing and bookbinding, we provide structured opportunities for working artists from other media to expand their creative practice in bookmaking.

For students who wish to fully immerse themselves in the study of book arts, we have created a structured program which encourages the study and creation of the art of the book. Our new certificate program consists of  210 total  hours of class time, divided among 3 areas:

Binding (90 hours of required courses)

Required Courses:

  • Bookbinding I (30 hours)
  • Bookbinding II (30 hours)
  • Box Making (12 hours)
  • Independent Projects (15 hours)
  • Hot Stamping/Guillotine orientation (3 hours)
  • Printing (90 hours of required courses)

    Required Courses:

  • Letterpress I (30 hours)
  • Letterpress II (30 hours)
  • Platen Press (12 hours)
  • Letterpress Lab (15 hours)
  • Printshop Orientation (3 hours)
  • Electives (30 hours minimum.)

    Possibilities Include:

  • Bookbinding III
  • Book Restoration
  • Paper Treatments
  • Calligraphy
  • Paper Engineering
  • Artists Books
  • Printmaking-Woodcut, Drypoint, Wood Engraving

    Benefits of registering for the certificate:

    • Preferred status when registering for new classes.
    • The opportunity to immerse yourself in the study of the medium with leaders in the book arts field.
    • The prestige of a certificate from the oldest and most well-known Center for the Book Arts in the nation;
    • Additional studio access outside of class time.

    How To Register as a Certificate Student:
    There is a one-time Registration Fee of $100 to register as a Certificate Student, which includes one year of associate level membership. Students should register as certificate candidates within their first 72 hours of class time. Students who wish to apply previous coursework done at the Center towards a Certificate should contact the Programs Manager to discuss. Any past coursework will be applied on a case-by-case basis.
    Contact our Education & Studio Programs Manager at jthorp@centerforbookarts.org for more information and to register for the program.

    It is strongly recommended that students complete the program within 3 years. A final project must be presented and reviewed by the Education Committee in order receive the Certificate. The project may either be a culmination of work produced in classes, or an entirely new project. The Center for Book Arts Certificate Program is not approved by the New York State Board of Education Certificate Program.