Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Book Illustration 4
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 1 hour seminars/group critiques, 2 hours individual tutorials per student
Practical 10 x 6 hours (2 x 3) per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio of Illustrations  50%
Semester Assessment Illustrated Book (learning outcome g)  25%
Semester Assessment Sketchbook and related research material  25%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
a) Engage with a chosen text and produce a portfolio of illustrations that clearly demonstrates experimentation and proficiency in processes of illustration as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a self-directed body of research that includes sketchbook, draft designs, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas
c) Demonstrate independence, sustained working and a coherent resolution of ideas to prescribed deadlines
d) Employ techniques and materials, working professionally and imaginatively in a selective and critical manner with regard to process, texts and subject
e) Identify their art practice within the context of contemporary and historical traditions of book illustration and to communicate those ideas through tutorials and seminars
f) Be mindful of the limitations and creative potential of their chosen media and its appropriateness for reproduction
g) Produce an illustrated book from its original concept through drafts, design and layout to the production of images and typography, entering a fruitful dialogue with the tutor, analogous to the illustrator/publisher relationship


This module promotes self-directed study and focuses upon the conceptual and practical aspects of book illustration, the ideas and subject, processes, systems, frameworks and precedents governing the processes of illustrating books. Specifically in this module, students concentrate upon developing an experimental approach to the production of illustrated books, researching, testing out ideas, formats and methods and refining their practice in preparation for work on the final exhibition in Semester 2.

Book Illustration 4 provides the opporunity for students to build upon experience gained from AR21820 ad AR21930 studied during Level 2. The module provides one pathway in fine Art and is sepcifically intended (in conjunction with AR30620 Research and Process in Practice) as preparation for AR30130 Degree Exhibition 1 or AR32540


Research and Book Illustration
  • Group Seminar: Researching Lines of Enquiry in Theme and Technique
  • Importance of sketchbooks, research into appropriate modes of working
  • Illustrated books from the University Collection
  • Mid-term Review and Critique of Student Work
  • Portfolio Submission and Examination Guideline
  • Studio Demonstrations (as required)
The emphasis of the module is upon experimentation in a variety of graphic media and techniques, many of which will have been experienced during modules studied at Level 2 and which will enable students to develop a personalised mode of working. Opportunity to learn new or more advanced skills can be arranged as required and from the following:

  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and other digital applications
  • Binding Materials and Techniques
  • Advanced Typography and Layout

Brief description

This module which runs concurrently with AR32330 Illustration 3 aims to promote self-directed study and emphasises the need for a sustained and focussed approach to book illustration. Tutorial support is given on a one-to-one and group basis and demonstrations in advanced techniques can be offered as required. A professional approach to Book Illustration is expected and considerable commitment outside of timetabled sessions is required if a full programme of research is to be engaged upon. For the module students are expected to research and develop a strong conceptual or thematic basis for their work using texts and images that are meaningful and important to them. Subject matter may be derived from work carried out at Level 2 or from newly formed ideas and aspirations. Definition of appropriate texts and a subject matter is determined by discussion with the student's tutor and a programme of research and development is then suggested and agreed. For Single Honours students, this programme of research is closely allied to work that is completed for AR30620 Research and Process in Practice and it is important to realise that one module will inform the other. Students are expected to produce a portfolio of illustrations and associated sketchbook of drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Completed illustrations should be executed with high regard to presentation in a professional manner.For Module AR32440 students are also expected to produce an additional illustrated book (design and layout, pictures and typography) that results from specific research into a particular use of media, concept or line of enquiry

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Develops measuring systems through typographic and book design
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during tutorials and group seminars
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and professional conduct in the production of a portfolio of illustrations
Information Technology development of graphic IT skills through use of digital imaging programmes
Personal Development and Career planning career awareness considered through discussion of the requirements and expectations of the profession
Problem solving development of practical skills in book illustration and problem solving in aspects of story board development and research
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to illustration and gives expression to the development of a personal statement through the use of appropriate texts
Subject Specific Skills developing skills of illustration, story boarding and presentation self-management and time management for completion of self-directed project work
Team work development and encouragement of team work and student interaction occurs studio time, tutorials and group seminars

Reading List

Recommended Text
** Salisbury, Martin , (2004) Illustrating Children's Books A & C Black, London Primo search Arizpe, Eveleyn & Styles, Morag (2002) Children Reading Pictures Interpreting Visual Text Routledge, London Primo search Barr, John (1986) Illustrated Children's Books British Library, London Primo search Bland, David (1969) A History of Book Illustration Faber, (2nd edition) London Primo search Darling, Harold (1999) From Mother Goose to Dr Seuss: Children's Book Covers 1860-1960 Chronicle Books, San Francisco Primo search Doonan, Jane (1993) Looking at Pictures in Picture Books Thimble Press, Gloucester Primo search Felmingham, Michel (1988) The Illustrated Gift Book 1880-1930 Scolar Press, London Primo search Hearn, Michael P (1996) Myth, Magic and Mystery: 100 Years of American Children¿s Book Illustration Chrysler Museum of Art Primo search Hodnet, Edward (1982) Image and Text Scolar Press, London Primo search Hodnett, Edward (1988) Five Centuries of English Book Illustration Scolar Press, London Primo search Lanes, Selma G (1980) The Art of Maurice Sendak Abrams, New York Primo search Martin, Douglas (1989) The Telling Line McRae Books, London Primo search Powers, Alan 2003 (2003) Children's Book Covers Mitchell Beazley Primo search Silvey, Anita (ed) (1995) Children's Books and their Illustrators Houghton Mifflin, Boston MS Primo search Slade, Catharine (2003) The Manual of Illustration Techniques A & C Black, London Primo search Whalley, Joyce & Chester, Rose (1988) A History of Children's Book Illustration John Murray/V&A, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6