Undergraduate Course: Introduction to the Artists' Book (ARTX08054)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This exploration of the Artists Book aims to introduce students to the conceptual and practical aspects of the Artists book and includes instruction in bookbinding and printing and publication potentials.
Theoretical aspects of this course require students to consider:
+ The history of book art, especially its development and singular status in the 20th Century as well as its current revival.
+ Its particular role as an aesthetic, philosophical, political and self-reflexive mode of artistic production which straddles the sphere of art and popular culture.
+ Book art's contextualization within the practice and theory of the multiple in post-war and contemporary art.
+ The relation of craft and technology to contemporary art practice.
The course will start with structured classes, research and introductions to key works from a range of sources.
Students will be asked to consider the nature of the book in relation to:
+ Dissemination / Distribution
The course follows a practice based / research model.
The course launches with a lecture outlining historical and contemporary approaches to the artists¿ book. Students will then receive instruction in simple binding techniques and be set a series of short projects offering insights into different modes of working and conceptual considerations. Seminars and group meetings will offer forums for discussion and sharing across the cohort.
Each student will consolidate a personally driven project during the second part of the course.
Aims of the course:
To introduce students to the conceptual and practical aspects of the artists¿ book.
To engage students in the process of making the book, from initial concept though development of narrative, sequence, construction, surface, form, means of production, editions and publication.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is only available to students on a the following programmes: Art, Fine Art, Intermedia, Painting, Photography or Sculpture
|Additional Costs|| materials costs
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 5,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 25,
External Visit Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 3,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
On completion of this course students must present for assessment the following:
Summative Assessment: An illustrated document where you describe your work throughout the course, its context, your research, artist influences and your personal approach to the artists' book. Word Count - 1200 words max
||Formative Assessment You are required to submit a 500-word illustrated proposal for your Self-Directed Project which references your work to date and relevant influences. This should be collated in a PDF of approximately 5 - 8 pages. Word Count 500 maximum. You will present this document in a group tutorial, and you will receive verbal formative feedback during this session.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and the contemporary context of the Artists' Book.
- Present evidence of an understanding of the relationship between the narrative and the form of the Artists' Book through research and production.
- Consolidate a personally driven project through production of an Artists' Book.
|Ducker Johanna )2004) The Century of Artists' Books,|
Bright, Betty (2005) No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America,
The Journal of Artists Books. www.journalofartistsbooks.org
Fusco, Maria & Hunt, Ian(2006) Put About: A Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Collaboration, Printing, Presentation, Criticality.
|Keywords||Artist book,visual narratives,construction,printed matter.
|Course organiser||Ms Jane Hyslop
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
|Course secretary||Miss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763