Course Title: Printmaking Artists Books 1A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Printmaking Artists Books 1A

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kevin White

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2517

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.B.9

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will be introduced to a broad range of book binding methods through practical demonstrations and handouts, and explore the unique possibilities offered by the artist’s book for the presentation of visual information and ideas. The methods of book binding covered in this course include: signature book; concertina; album binding; portfolio; and solander box, incorporating both adhesive and non adhesive book binding methods.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop a level of technical competence in a range of basic book binding techniques, as well as develop an understanding of the unique possibilities offered by the artist’s book for the presentation of visual information and ideas. You will also be encouraged to develop working and thinking methodologies that assist in extending conceptual parameters and establishing research skills, as well as establish an understanding of the artist’s book’s role within contemporary art practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will essentially be studio based via practical class demonstrations and individual consultation with the lecturer. The set projects presented by the lecturer will cover a number of book binding processes and encourage an investigation of the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities offered by the artist’s book within contemporary art practice. Students will also conduct individual visual and technical research and be introduced to written and verbal means of articulating visual projects. The lecturer will also direct you to relevant exhibitions and artists as they arise.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to clean workshop facilities, and a selected range of supplies and equipment. RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional bookbinding workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible. All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is via folio submission, and is conducted by the lecturer. Details will be available through the lecturer prior to the time of assessment.
The final folio of work should demonstrate technical competence and critical engagement. Back up work should demonstrate both technical and conceptual experimentation, as well as engagement with contemporary art practice.