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Graduate Certificate-Diploma in Bookbinding and Book Restoration

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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to prepare you for career opportunities within freelance practice in the binding and repairing of books, and in other areas of book design crafts. Opportunities also exist for students to set up and run their own bindery or work in libraries or as a book archival or restoration specialist. Further employment opportunities are in trade binderies, publisher’s book production and craft book design areas. Although a highly specialised area of craft practice, there is evidence of a growing need for practitioners in book and archive restoration and storage. There are also career opportunities in teaching and for progression to postgraduate study. Specialist units have been designed to deliver theoretical and practical applications and they enable you to extend your critical awareness in Bookbinding and Book Restoration practice. Advanced research methods coupled with more in-depth analysis will allow new concepts to be pursued. Specialist units include: Craft Binding, Fine Binding and Restoration. The following electives enhance your specialist skills and allow you to focus on particular areas of interest: Modern Design Binding, Historical Influences, Conservation Style Structures. The Diploma course enables you to develop your research skills and to apply these in a major research in practice project. This aspect of the course will enable you to select an area of bookbinding and restoration, which interests you, and to carry out an extended piece of research practice in this chosen area.
  • Entry requirements
    An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree. This educational level may be demonstrated by a combination of formal qualifications and/or experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. All applicants will be interviewed.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Bookbinding and Book Restoration
  • Course description
    Structure

    The Certificate course consists of two specialist units:
    . Craft binding
    . Fine binding and restoration

    Plus two elective choices from the following:
    . Modern design binding
    . Historical influences
    . Non-adhesive binding styles

    The Diploma phase continues the development of bookbinding and book conservation and offers a self-select final major project in a subject of choice associated with the course specialism. The project is research based and is presented through a Practice unit developed from a feasibility study carried out in the Project Proposal unit.

    Graduate Diploma consists of the following specialist units:
    . Project proposal: Research methods
    . Research in practice

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