Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 3 Hours. Seminar.
Seminars / Tutorials 9 Hours. Tutorial.
Practical 132 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio:  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • work within a specific brief to a client's guidelines, adapting the style to lend itself to the requirements of the text, the limitations and creative possibilities of the print process, and its appropriateness to the book.
  • design, illustrate, assemble and bind a hand-made illustrated book
  • adopt an organised methodology comprising picture research, drawings, photographs, thumb-nail compositional studies, colour studies, finished preparatory drawing, and the finished illustration
  • consider the importance of typographic design and its relationship to the illustration, and establish criteria for selecting a type face and designing a page layout for a particular job
  • objectify and articulate the criterion by which texts have been chosen, the appropriateness of the subject matter to the medium, the relationship between the illustration and the text, and the audience to whom the book is directed

Brief description

Core module in the study of the methods and materials of illustration including an introduction to typography, letterpress and photo-typsetting techniques, reprgraphics adn layout design for the printed page involving set projects.


  • provide a sound technical grounding in the materials used, and techniques employed, for making illustrated books, examining the various stages in the preparation and design of an illustrated book - from the original idea to making the camera-ready art work.
  • examine the nature of book illustration, the functions of the illustrator, typographer and book designer.
  • study ways in which artists draw for reproduction, preparing illustrations with an understanding of, and consideration for, the method of reproduction.
  • undertake prescribed 'commissions' to produce illustrations, typographic layouts and camera-ready artwork.
  • introduce the practical and historical application of typography.
  • through self-directed projects, design and produce a hand-made or hand-printed illustrated book.
  • examine past and contemporary examples of private press and commercial press publications (from UWA's collections) to demonstrate how illustrations and books are made


This module is at CQFW Level 5