Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have joined forces to address a critical threat to our cultural heritage through the development of the MFA in Book and Paper Conservation. This inter-institutional and interdisciplinary program will train the next generation of conservation professionals; bridging the diverse knowledge and skills of the artisan, conservator and scientist in order to address the ongoing conservation and preservation needs of libraries, museums, and archives worldwide.
By bringing the science of book and paper conservation into the creativity of the studio, the Book and Paper Conservation program offers an innovative and rigorous educational experience where students learn about the materials they seek to conserve in the very environment from which those materials emerge. The curriculum provides students with a strong grounding in theoretical and historical book and paper making, while hands-on courses allow them to explore, experiment, and collaborate with industry, scientists, artists, and conservators. Students achieve a broad background in conservation or pursue a specialization to ensure professional growth, and gain a professional advantage through a program that brings together the resident expertise, faculty, and facilities of two world-class institutions.
The MFA in Book and Paper Conservation is a full-time, 63-credit program.