Scribal Arts

College of Scribal Arts

A Subsidiary of the Royal University of Meridies



The College of Scribal Arts will provide classes encouraging and supporting historical research and practical education and will provide avenues and encouragement in all pursuits of the Scribal Arts in the Society. It will provide instruction in which all individuals can share and develop their love of the Scribal Arts for the betterment of themselves, the enjoyment of all, and the enrichment of the Kingdom of Meridies.



Scribal Arts encompasses all techniques and art forms associated with manuscripts during the “Medieval” timeframe of approximately 600 to 1600 CE.  This includes, but is not limited to, illumination, calligraphy, and the making of tools and supplies.


Curriculum Overview:

Curriculum requirements may vary with each student, depending on the needs of the student.   The required courses are included in the requirements to provide an overview of and guidance in scribal arts.


Required Courses:

Beginning Calligraphy

Beginning Illumination

Period Pigments



Kingdom Scrolls – Rules and Guidelines

Period Ink

Scribal Materials and Tools

Basic Scroll Layout and Design

Uncial Calligraphy

Carolingian Calligraphy


A Survey of Manuscripts and Books of Hours

Research and Documentation

Awards of Meridies



Any course recognized by the Royal University of Meridies that offers instruction on any aspect of Scribal Arts.





Course Evaluation:

All courses within the RUM system are accepted by the College of Scribal Arts.  Courses that are applied to a degree through the college, and not RUM, must be approved by the college.  The Dean reviews and approves all courses.  To have your course approved, send the Dean a class synopsis form and an outline or handout.


Enrollment guidelines:

Anyone is welcome to participate in courses held by the college, however students must complete a registration form to be officially enrolled and graduate.

All students and instructors who wish to enroll in the College of Scribal Arts need to complete the Student Registration Form and submit it to the Dean of the College.

Out-of-Kingdom students are welcome and are eligible to graduate from the College. All members of any pre-existing College for Scribal Arts within the Known World are welcomed to join the College at their current status. Please send notification of your intent to join the College to the Dean of the College. Thereafter, progression within the College will take place under the new curriculum.

Failure to graduate is not grounds for expulsion from the College.  The only ground for expulsion is for the student to be absolutely banished by the Society, as covered by Corpora and Kingdom Law.


Receiving Credit:

A course credit will be awarded to all students who attend, in its entirety, any accredited course, unless the instructor notifies the Dean in writing stating otherwise.  All courses receive one hour credits, regardless of actual time length.  All students may receive credit for courses taken in other Kingdoms.  Courses from a mundane college or university can be accepted upon receipt of a copy of a college or university transcript.

Students should contact the Dean for a review of courses they wish to transfer. Transferred courses will be evaluated by the Dean, and a determination shall be made on a case-by-case basis.



Graduation Requirements:

The Collage of Scribal Arts offers a graduate program that is meant to coordinate with the degrees offered by RUM.  In order to attain any degree associated with this College, the student must have a completed RUM Scholar Degree.

Students desiring to graduate, need to complete a graduation form and send it to the Dean along with a copy of their RUM transcript.

The College of Scribal Arts requires students to complete a total of 20 classes in the approved curriculum to graduate from the College.  This is separate from degrees awarded by RUM.  Classes used toward RUM degrees can be counted toward a degree from the College once.

10 required and 10 elective classes (a total of 20 classes) must be completed in order to graduate.

Current SCA membership is required for graduation.

Students are eligible to attain degrees within the College at any time, but the graduation ceremony will take place at RUM.


CLEP Exams:

CLEP exams in the form of practicum will be set up on the basis of need, to accommodate the students and the instructors. These CLEP exams will be administered at the annual RUM event and/ or at an event designated by the Dean of the College. Notification is needed to prepare a suitable time and space.

There is no limit to the number of CLEP exams that may be taken at a given event, but the same CLEP exam can only be taken once a month. CLEP exams will be graded on a pass/ fail grading system.



Degrees awarded by the College of Scribal Arts are not accredited by any mundane college or university.  Degrees and titles are non-armigerous and hold no precedence.

Degrees awarded by the College of Scribal Arts are as follows:


Journeyman of Illumination

10 hours of credit in Illumination electives

Journeyman of Calligraphy

10 hours of credit in Calligraphy electives

Journeyman of Crafting

10 hours of credit in crafting electives



Degree specializations are available when a student wishes to specialize in a particular area, as in 14th century Italian white vine work.


Titles and Regalia:

  1. The College shall consult the Meridian College of Heraldry and the Crown for any possible official regalia used by the College.
  2. We ask that the following belt favors be used to signify graduates:

Journeyman of Calligraphy – Sable, adorned with a single Argent quill

Journeyman of Illumination – Sable, adorned with a single Argent paintbrush

Journeyman of Crafting – Sable, adorned with a single Argent pen knife



Scheduling of Classes:

Classes can be offered at any time or at any event.  Classes are to be taught at two mandatory events per year: the official RUM event, Universitas Meridies, and a scribal collegium, which can be, but is not limited to, the Meridian Heraldic and Scribal Symposium.  Scheduling of classes falls to the Regent of RUM for Universitas Meridies and the Class Coordinator for the scribal collegium.  The Dean of the College may assist in the scheduling if assistance is needed.



All offices are for a two-year term, unless suitable replacements cannot be chosen. Deputies will be selected within the first year of office in order to insure the smooth continuation of the College.  All officers must be officially enrolled in the College.

Dean of the College of Scribal Arts

  1. Administrator of the College and Arbiter of the Scribal Counsel.
    b. File reports with the Chancellor of RUM semiannually, after RUM, and after each major collegia.
  2. Coordinate with RUM officers, Chancellor of Scribal Guild, and Parchment Pursuivant in regards to classes, scriptoriums, and graduates.
  3. Responsible for the accrediting of instructors and classes.
  4. Coordinate with the host of the Meridian Heraldic and Scribal Symposium to provide suitable classes, instructors, exams, and a scriptorium.

Deputy to the Dean

  1. Assists the Dean in all duties as needed.
  2. Maintains student and instructor rosters.
  3. Secretary of Scribal Counsel.
  4. Sends pertinent information to the Chronicler as needed for updating websites.
  5. The Chancellor of RUM is to be included in the selection of the Deputy to the Dean.

Regional Deputies

  1. Represent students and instructors for their area.
  2. File reports to the Dean after each local event where scribal classes are taught.
  3. Communicate with the Dean and Deputy as to student and instructor enrolment, class accreditation, and class needs.


  1. Maintains the Scribal Arts College webpages.
  2. Produces a newsletter for the College to be distributed quarterly.


Scribal Guild

  1. The College of Scribal Arts was not created to replace the Scribal Guild, but to augment it. Scribal Guild officers are autonomous within the guild and are not required to report to the college nor be part of the college.
    b. Scribal Guild officers can also be officers within the college. It is suggested that the offices of Dean of Scribal Arts, Deputy Dean of Scribal Arts, Chancellor of the Scribal Guild, and Vice Chancellor of the Scribal Guild not overlap longer than one year.

Parchment Pursuivant

  1. The office of Parchment Pursuivant is a Kingdom Office and is separate from the College of Scribal Arts.
  2. The Parchment Pursuivant can also hold an office within the college. It is suggested that this office not overlap with that of Dean of Scribal Arts and Deputy Dean of Scribal Arts for more than one year.

Financial Information:

There is no charge for enrollment in this College as it is included in the basic RUM registration fee.

Instructors may charge a fee for handouts and/or materials which will be paid directly to the instructor.


Scribal Counsel:

The purpose of the Counsel is to provide a gathering for officers, students, and teachers to communicate information pertinent to the College.  The Scribal Counsel must convene to amend the college charter in any way.  The Chancellor of the Royal University of Meridies and The Crown must approve any changes.

The Counsel is to discuss the need for new classes and venues, upcoming graduates, upcoming events with a need for scribal classes or scriptoriums, and other matters that need the attention of the Counsel.

The Counsels will consist of the officers of the college and any officially enrolled students and/ or teachers that wish to attend.   The Dean of the College, or his/her designated representative, will administrate counsels.  Counsels will be coordinated through regional locations and take place at official SCA events as invited / permitted by the autocrat of the event.  Counsels will be held as required for the administration of the College, not to exceed more than once per quarter.  The College web sites and newsletter will be updated with information from Scribal Counsels.