Book Binding and Book Arts (Mixed Level)

Course Description

On this exciting, hands-on course, you will be introduced to traditional and experimental Bookbinding through a series of projects designed to provide a good working knowledge of materials and techniques. You will develop skills in both the design and production of handmade books enabling you to go onto bindings that are more complex and develop your own work.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will explore bookbinding through a series of interesting book structures. You will experiment with paper folding and stitching to create books and bookworks such as the Concertina, Coptic and Long Stitch Bindings and Japanese Stab Bindings; learn how to sew a Multi-sectioned Case binding and to how make a Drop-Back box and a Slipcase. Five-week courses allow for flexible individualised learning so that you can choose your starting point at any time in the year. Each 5-week course addresses a different book structure or technique. We recommend that you consider enrolling for a whole term or year to really get into your subject and fine-tune your skills. If you enrol for one 5-week course, by the end you should be able to do some of the following. If you enrol for more 5-week courses you should be able to achieve all of the following: - select and use appropriate materials and tools - understand the importance of grain direction - learn different folding and sewing techniques - make a range of traditional and experimental bindings - make a range of boxes and slipcases - use the knowledge gained in class to work on your own projects

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions and websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

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Additional Information

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Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides financial support for course fees, which is based on eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572