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MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing

Degree Requirements

Master of Fine Arts in Book Art and Creative Writing
(a minimum of 12.5 semester course credits)

BOOK 250 Thesis for MFA Degree (2)
BOOK 260 The Material Book (1)
BOOK 261 Seminar in Professional Practice (.5)
ENG 203 The Craft of Prose (1) or
ENG 204 The Craft of Poetry (1)

Graduate-level creative writing workshops (2 semester course credits). Both workshops must be taken in the genre in which the student was accepted to the program. Workshops in other genres may be taken for elective credit.

Choose from the following list (with approval of advisor; courses may be repeated for credit):

ENG 268 Graduate Prose Workshop (1)
ENG 270 Graduate Poetry Workshop (1)

Book art concentration courses (3 semester course credits). Choose three from the following list (with approval of advisor; courses may be repeated for credit):

BOOK 217 Visible Language: Typography, Books, and Printing (1)
BOOK 220 The Structure of Books (1)
BOOK 221 Bookbinding: Building the Contemporary Book (1)
BOOK 240 Movable Books: Ideas in Time and Space (1)
BOOK 280 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Book Art (1)
BOOK 284 Books as Multiples: Publishing on the Letterpress (1)

Electives (3 semester course credits):
May include 100- or 200-level courses in literature or interdisciplinary seminars as well as courses in other disciplines that complement the student's particular field of inquiry. Examples would include courses in music, dance, studio and intermedia art, other book art courses such as BOOK 130 History of the Book, and craft and pedagogy courses offered through the English Department.

Course Sequence

Year one

Fall (3 semester course credits)

BOOK 260 The Material Book (1)
ENG 203 The Craft of Prose (1) or
ENG 204 The Craft of Poetry (1)
Book art concentration 1 (1)

Spring (3 semester course credits)

Creative writing workshop 1 (1)
Book art concentration 2 (1)
Elective 1 (1)

Year two

Fall (3 semester course credits)

Book art concentration 3 (1)
Creative writing workshop 2 (1)
Elective 2 (1)

Spring (2.5 semester course credits)

BOOK 250 Thesis for MFA degree in Creative Writing (1)
BOOK 261 Seminar in Professional Practice (.5)
Elective 3 (1)

Nonresident Semester (1 semester course credit)

BOOK 250 Thesis for MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing (1)

Last Updated: 3/17/14