Unleash your passion for books and creative expression. From letterpress printing to digital typography, explore book art in an environment that nurtures you as an artist and a scholar.
About the Program
Mills offers one of the most comprehensive undergraduate programs in book art in the nation. Our minor will immerse you in the creation and study of traditional and contemporary artists’ books, an exciting and rapidly evolving art form. You’ll make your own books while gaining broad exposure to all aspects of this art. You’ll practice letterpress and experimental printmaking, learn binding techniques, and explore the form and content of books in small, studio classes. Courses in the history of the book will provide a foundation in the conceptual, theoretical, and historical dimensions of book art. Field trips, workshops, visits from guest artists, and interaction with graduate students in book art will further fuel your creativity. You’ll receive individual attention from your professors, whose expertise encompasses avant-garde books, 19th- and 20th-century women printers, experimental bookbinding, and movable books. They’ll support you in all aspects of your creative and intellectual development.
Book art students have access to the unrivalled facilities and equipment of the Eucalyptus Press and the Florence Walter Bindery, including metal type, etching and relief presses, French handmade bookbinding equipment, and Apple workstations. You’ll also find context and inspiration in the F. W. Olin Library’s excellent collection of rare books and contemporary artists’ books. View our program details for in-depth information on the minor.
Courses You Could Take
Visible Language: Typography, Books & Printing
Building the Contemporary Book
Books as Multiples: Publishing on the Letterpress
Artists’ Books: Concept, Content, Form
The Movable Book: Ideas in Time & Space
Comics & Politics: Visual Culture, Power & Technology