M.A. Book Arts & Publishing

University for the Creative Arts

Application deadline: You can apply throughout the year
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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You explore the way in which the book, the magazine page and other printed or digital works have provided a vehicle for the dissemination of photographic, graphic and text based works.

You study the development of books where the artists involved are often designers, writers and publishers of their own works. In doing so the course promotes employability through subject specific and transferable skills, providing you with the knowledge and understanding of professional practice and multi-skilling in an ever-demanding market.

How this course is taught

The course is taught through a series of project briefs, lectures, tutorials, personal learning, group discussions, workshops and self-directed study. By developing your own project you define your own aims and objectives for learning.

How this course is assessed

You are assessed through critiques, written essays, reports, dissertations and practice-based work.

Key study topics include:

* Develop a self-directed project through a series of set briefs
* Contemporary debates in the field of visual culture
* A reflective project unit that includes professional practice
* A work placement opportunity
* Define your self-directed project towards a resolution
* An exposition of ideas and concepts developed throughout the course
* A dissertation or
* Resolve your project as practice-based work.



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Entry requirements

* A good Honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline including graphic/communication design, photography, illustration, new media, animation and fine art qualifications, and/or;
* Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component) or equivalent.

You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer two pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.


We would like to see a range of work you have produced and for you to be able to identify in your application how you believe your practice is best suited to book arts and publishing. Examples of previous book art projects would be an advantage.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

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