Diploma Opportunities

DIPLOMA OPPORTUNITIES

Diploma Programs

The American Academy of Bookbinding currently offers Diploma programs for both Fine Binding and Integrated Studies. Students can apply for the Diploma program of their choice after having attended a minimum of two classes at AAB, including the Fundamentals of Leather Binding. Students enrolled in these diploma programs are required to complete a certain number of bindings through a combination of Practical Course Work at the Academy, Elective Course Work and Independent Study. The student will then choose a Diploma Project. Experts in the field will then jury the Diploma Project and successful candidates will graduate with an official diploma from the Academy.

Since students will enter a program with varying levels of experience, each will have different diploma requirements. At the end of the student’s first course at the Academy and each course thereafter, the instructor or director will meet with the student to discuss his/her level and what is necessary to fulfill the requirements for the diploma of their concentration. As students are required to attend only a few weeks of classes a year at the Academy, the average length of time needed to complete all diploma requirements is four to six years.

For more information please view the guidelines below.

Fine Binding Guidelines  |    Integrated Study Guidelines

Diploma Application Form

Graduates / Candidates* in Fine Binding

Cathy Adelman  |  2003
Jeffrey Altepeter | 2003
Cynthia Fields-Bélanger | 2003
Mark Kirchner | 2003
Sabina Nies | 2005
Lang Ingalls | 2007
Coleen Curry | 2009
Karen Hanmer | 2014
Sialia Rieke | 2015
Susan Hulme | 2017

Graduates / Candidates* in Book Conservation

Brenda Parsons | 2008
Sophia Bogle | 2009
Ruth M. Strach | 2009
Lisa Isley | 2014
Marilyn Mohr | 2014
Malina Belcheva | 2015
Susan Peacock | 2016
Emily Bell | 2017

The new Integrated Studies Program provides participating students the opportunity to earn an AAB diploma through a comprehensive study of bookbinding. The focus of the program is to help students create a firm base of knowledge and skill in the traditional methods of bookbinding. In the ISP, the courses are geared to build upon each other, solidifying that base and giving the students confidence in their skills as they progress through the program. The classes revolve around traditional techniques, but include innovative methods, materials and points of view. The program consists of coursework and independent study designed to immerse the students in the craft. The students have access to some of the top teachers in the field; their teaching not only informs the students about techniques and materials but helps them develop the broad understanding needed to face challenges as they continue on in their careers.