Book Arts: Design and Construction


This module explores the book beyond its' conventional place as carrier of text. It aims to consider the book as an object in its' own right and as a means of presenting artwork and ideas through briefed and self-directed projects. Learners will be introduced to various traditional non-adhesive and adhesive binding techniques through detailed practical demonstrations. Learners will also be introduced to the principles of self-publishing using analog and digital printing methods.  Detailed presentations on how the book has been applied to contemporary art practice will also be examined and discussed.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Display a specialised knowledge of traditional and contemporary bookbinding techniques.

  2. Apply their knowledge, understanding and problem-solving abilities across a range of contexts, many of which will be new or unfamiliar to them, ranging from experimentation with type, digital and print media to theoretical developments in the field.

  3. Understand how the book format is contextually and conceptually applied to contemporary practice.

  4. Demonstrate an ability to conceive, plan and complete a project, Incorporating various components and elements of book design into a coherent unit.


% Coursework 100%