MA Book Design

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  • Objectives
    This course combines practical project work with exploration of related theory and history. We emphasize the needs of the reader, and relate these to design principles and production issues. Projects range in scale from typographic detail through to the design of complete books and series, integrating text with illustrations. A real-life environment is fostered through assignments for actual clients, prepress and printing facilities in the Department and links between staff and UK publishers.
  • Academic title
    MA Book Design
  • Course description
    Course structure
    There are three main components:

    Practice of book design

    Core module

    -Practice of book design

    You develop your practical abilities in typography and book design through briefed projects, a personally directed project, and a professional assignment. The aims are to achieve a high level of competence in design work and understand the demands of professional practice.

    Core module
    You develop your knowledge and analytical skills through lectures, seminars, directed reading, and student presentations, looking at topics such decision-making about design, the history of book design, and the evaluation of design.

    You choose a topic in consultation with staff that focuses on an aspect of book design, leading to a written study of between 10,000 and 13,000 words.

    Teaching and learning
    You are taught by Departmental staff who cover history, theory, practice and evaluation of design. Visiting professional designers, such as John Morgan, also contribute.

    You are generally taught in small groups in an informal and relaxed environment

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