The course is for beginner and intermediate levels, as well as those with some experience in either bookbinding or printmaking. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
The course examines all aspects of the book as a medium of artistic expression including structure and form, narrative and sequence, techniques and processes, materials and tools. You will learn how to produce a series of book formats, ranging from instant books, pamphlets, concertinas, Japanese stab bindings and more. You will experiment with both relief and intaglio printmaking techniques, as well as monoprint and stamps. You will learn how to combine structure, concept and form, develop your ideas and create visual content and composition. The course is taught by demonstration, practical work, discussion, one-to-one tutorials and feedback. Hand-outs with instructions and resources will accompany demonstrations, and you will be informed of publications, exhibitions and events, which may be of interest. The course is structured to manage the work within the class, but you will be encouraged to work independently and carry out subject research.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This is a workshop environment with a focus on practical learning, with one-to-one, individual tutor support. There will also be group discussions and reviews. Where appropriate the tutors will offer presentations, talks and demonstrations. There will be lots of inspiration using books, Pinterest and the internet Technical handouts will be provided where needed these are available electronically.
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. There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
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
Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject, like printmaking, bookbinding, paper making or paper marbling or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a pathway into Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
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.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.