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Undergraduate Course: Creative Book Works (DESI08061)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces and fosters skills in designing printed multiples and publishing outcomes independently. The course explores the theory and practice of self-publishing small editions, in doing so examining the history of zines, independent presses and artist's books with a particular focus on their relationship to the broader field of Design. Please note this is not a Creative Writing course, the main focus is the design of the book.
Course description This course guides students through an investigation of the theory and practice of independent creative publishing. Through developing practical projects students will form a personal creative manifesto for their published works. In producing a written statement students will learn to articulate these ideas to an audience and make clear statements and persuasive arguments about their practice.

In this course students will investigate a variety of unusual book forms, zines and printed materials within Design. They will develop skills in printmaking, digital processes and the production of multiples. Students will then explore the different ways they can independently publish their work, meaning to literally present it to the public. This includes guerrilla publishing, exhibitions, library collections and directly meeting their audience. The course includes a number of visits to collections, for example ECA Artist's Book collection, National Library of Scotland collections and the National Gallery of Scotland collections.

Working initially in groups then independently students will test out their ideas quickly on audiences, and learn about the demands of producing multiple editions whilst forming a clear understanding of their own creative processes. Students are encouraged to play and work experimentally, take risks and not be confined to the existing parameters of publishing or the gallery. Students will learn in community with peers and staff, both collaborating on a book and in the development of personal projects through dialogue about work and exchanging of skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Illustration Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Additional Costs Materials and print costs estimated at £70.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 3, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18, Fieldwork Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 159 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment

At the end of the course students will present 3 elements: two book/zine designs and one illustrated written manifesto. Each of the three elements submitted is worth 33.3% of the overall final course grades.

1. Research and development
A sketchbook of research and development work, including critical analysis of contextual research. It should be a collated and organized set of research and development that is clearly labelled, including documentation of completed book projects.

2. Major project
A physical portfolio or sketchbook submission showing evidence and documentation of research themes, storyboarding of ideas as well as material and process development. The work should clearly show the design process through evaluation and critical analysis. It should be a collated and organized set of research and development that is clearly labelled, including documentation of the completed book project.

3. Manifesto
A physical book form using annotated examples to communicate the research themes and ideas behind the book projects undertaken on the course, as well as any other relevant examples (overall word count 500 words).

Further details for each project can be found in the project brief.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

The two book or zine designs will be assessed against Learning Outcomes 1 and 2. The illustrated written manifesto will be assessed against Learning Outcome 3 only. All Learning Outcomes are equally weighted.
Feedback Formative feedback

Written feedback will be given following a submission in Week 6.

Students will be required to submit a sketchbook and resolved book zine designs for projects undertaken to date on the course. This should demonstrate an exploration of a number of book forms and analysis of contextual research.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Playfully challenge the book form in the planning and composition of a set of publications that clearly communicate to an audience.
  2. Recognise the theoretical and practical contexts for independent creative publishing.
  3. Synthesize a body of research, development and resolved works to identify and communicate a personal creative manifesto.
Reading List
S. Bodman, CREATING ARTIST'S BOOKS, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 2005

C. Williamson, LOW-TECH PRINT, Laurence King Publishing, 2013

J. New, DRAWING FROM LIFE: THE JOURNAL AS ART, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005

S. Bodman, THE BLUE NOTEBOOK: JOURNAL FOR ARTIST'S BOOKS, Impact Press Publications (Ongoing Periodical)

J. O'Reilly, VAROOM, AOI (Ongoing Periodical)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course students will have the following range of skills:

Research and enquiry:
Be able to think critically
Have a range of approaches to independent research
Be able to join up and make use of knowledge from other fields

Personal and intellectual autonomy:
Be reflective practitioners
Be independent learners

Personal effectiveness:
The ability to plan, organise and manage their time

Communicate verbally through presentations and the explanation of ideas.
Communicate in written form both formally and through sketchbooks.
Have interpersonal skills that allow peer review which is sensitive and useful.
KeywordsVisual communication,Printmaking,Publication,Narrative,Drawing,Writing
Course organiserMs Lucy Roscoe
Tel: (0131 6)51 5732
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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