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 four 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. To date, AAB has graduated 17 talented individuals from our diploma programs.

For more information please view the guidelines below.

Fine Binding Guidelines  |    Integrated Study Guidelines

Diploma Application Form

Graduates / Candidates*

Cathy Adelman | 2003 FB
Jeffrey Altepeter | 2003 FB
Cynthia Bélanger | 2003 FB
Mark Kirchner | 2003 FB
Sabina Nies | 2005 FB
Lang Ingalls | 2007 FB
Brenda Parsons | 2008 C
Coleen Curry | 2009 FB
Sophia Bogle | 2009 C
Ruth M. Strach | 2009 C
Karen Hanmer | 2014 FB
Lisa Isley | 2104 C
Marilyn Mohr | 2104 C
Sialia Rieke | 2015 FB
Malina Belcheva | 2015 C
Susan Peacock | 2016 C
Emily Bell | 2017 C
Susan Hulme | 2017 FB
Sharon Fickeissen | 2018 C

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.