Postgraduate Course: Children's Picture Books (DESI11168)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a practice-focused course working with leading children's book illustrators introduces you to research and developmental skills that will enable you to engage professionally in the field. Through a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops you will realise the components necessary for building projects that understand the format of picture books, character development, continuity, and dummy-cover design considerations.
This course will support you in group seminars, tutorials and a lecture-based programme from ECA and Picture Hooks which will explore and investigate the field of picture books through practice and industry. This course will be contextualised within the field of Illustration, specifically within the field of Children's Picture Book. You will explore your creative practice through the lens of illustration. The final outcome of the course will be to develop and realise a self-directed research project and the design and production of a children's picture book.
You will be introduced to:
The world of formats and book anatomy
Develop a research proposal considering precis and pace
Story development and sequential narrative
Develop characters for people and animals by acting out
Explore the importance of continuity and emotion
Psychology of cover design and dummy book production
Production of digital portfolio and physical exhibition of final work
Through connection with Picture Hooks you will learn of the landscape of the contemporary industry by looking at changing cultural and social climates, looking at trends around ethnic diversity, inclusion and representation. This will include knowledge of co-editions, book fairs and self-promotion for the international market.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically analyse and engage with a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning creative thinking, designing and making related to the discipline of children's picture books.
- Communicate and present, using appropriate methods, a diverse understanding of creative illustration techniques and realised practical outcomes.
- Use autonomy and judgement, to critically compose a constructed, original narrative related to a self-directed children's picture book project.
|Salisbury, Martin & Styles, Morag, 2020 Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling Laurence King Publishing, London, United Kingdom|
The Bologna Children's Book Fair 2019 Illustrators Annual Chronicle Books
Salisbury, Martin, 2004 Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication London, A & C Black
Stern, Simon, 2008 The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Practice The Association of Illustrators
Nodelman, Perry, 1990 Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art about Children's Picture Books University of Georgia Press
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Have a personal vision for children's picture books, create goals and be able to work towards these in a sustainable way
Be able to exercise critical judgement of historical and contemporary picture books in creating new and informed understanding communicated through debate, feedback and collaboration
Be able to identify, define and analyse problems in the development of children's picture books regarding structure and form, the communication of ideas and emotions, and sequential narrative
An understanding of the landscape of the contemporary picture book industry, inclusion, and business models of publishing
Development of professional portfolios and entrepreneurial approaches and strategies towards outlets for work including book fairs and the international market
|Keywords||Children's Picture Books,Illustration,MA,Picture Hooks,Professional,Mentoring,Industry
|Course organiser||Mr Michael Windle
|Course secretary||Ms Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713