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Undergraduate Course: Developing Artists' Books (LLLA07113)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5

This course will enable students to focus on developing sustained and personal visual content and ideas within the wider context of the 'book form'. Printmaking and mixed media techniques will be used as a way of generating ideas to develop into artists' books. The use of diverse materials and scale will be looked at in the work of artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Kiki Smith and also where the discipline of the artist book lies in contemporary art practice.
Course description Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:

- Learning different methods of printmaking for example relief, gelatine and blind embossing.
- Experiment with mixed media and learn how to use different materials.
- Visit the ECA collection of Artists' Books.
- Using personal imagery to learn how to combine content and structure.
- Develop and evolving a project through a found object and learn about boxes and containers.
- Resolving a project.

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
(Estimated cost: £10 - £30 depending on usage)
Glue brush
Specialist papers ¿ guidance from tutor to determine requirements
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses).
(Occurs in weeks 6 or 7 of the 10 week course)

A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessments
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes, but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessments
On completion the assessment ¿ each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate an informed approach to creating a range of different possibilities offered by the book form in an artistic practice, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show a confidence in experimenting with mixed media and printmaking approaches to develop ideas within the context of the artist book.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present at least one finished artists¿ book derived from a personal body of research and exploration.
Reading List
Bury, S., 1995. Artists' books: the book as a work of art, 1963-1995. Aldershot: Scolar Press.
Bodman, S., 2005. Creating artists' books. London: A&C Black.
Weitman, W. and Wye, D., 2006. Eye on Europe: prints, books & multiples, 1960 to now. New York: Museum of Modern Art.
Bodman, S., ed., 2011. Artist's book yearbook 2012-2013. Bristol: Impact Press.
Johnson, Robert Flynn, 2001. Artists' books in the modern era 1870-2000: the Reva and David Logan collection of illustrated books.
Smith, Keith, 2001. Books without Paste or Glue, Volume 1. Keith A Smith Books
Smith, Keith, 1998. Bookbinding for Book Artists. Keith A Smith Books
Coldwell, Paul, 2010. Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective. Black Dog Publishing
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to make effective use of book making techniques
Skills in designing ideas for artists' books
Understanding of process for transforming visual ideas
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of artists' books within visual culture
KeywordsArtists¿ Books,Printmaking
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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