PRM1511 - Artists' books - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Marian Crawford


Ms Marian Crawford

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit examines the artist's book, considering all aspects of the production and design of the book. Students will consider the book as an object or sculptural form. Students will investigate the principles of typography and book design, and learn how to set and print type using letterpress methods. Students will consider the relationship of image and text, the question of sequence in the structure of the book, the relationship of form and content. The unit will consider the presentation and distribution of the artist's book looking at both historical and contemporary examples. Occupational health and safety instruction relevant to the Artists' Books studio will be addressed.


On the successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. develop an awareness of their individual visual language, and of the ideas and theories that are relevant and related to this language;
  2. possess practical skills to realise the form of the artists' book chosen to explore their aesthetic and theoretical concerns;
  3. develop a critical and questioning sensibility regarding their individual visual language and practice;
  4. develop an awareness of the engagement and relationship of their practice and skills with historical and current visual art practices;
  5. develop an awareness of the context of their individual practice in the framework of contemporary culture;
  6. demonstrate effective communication and critical skills in discussing and sharing their work and ideas in individual and group tutorials, and in engaging with the ideas and practice of their fellow students;
  7. understand and practice the rules of occupational health, safety and environment (OHS&E) in the Artists' Books studio, and be able to work collaboratively, co-operatively, safely and productively within the studio environment.


This is a semester-long project unit. Folio 100%

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including 4 hours studio and 8 hours of independent study

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