University of Reading

University of Reading

Book Design

This programme combines practical design for printed books and digital publishing platforms with related theory and history of typographic design and visual culture. A lively studio environment is fostered through assignments for clients, practical projects set by practising designers, and through access to traditional and digital printing facilities. In the practice of book design, you will develop your work through briefed and self-directed projects that engage with emerging experimental publishing strategies as well as the current demands of professional practice. You will develop both your design skills and your ability to write reports and evaluate designs in relation to audience/user needs and production practicalities. As well as working with our own extensive special collections, we make visits to archives and libraries in Oxford and elsewhere, ensuring a truly hands-on experience of book history. Through our partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts and collaboration with the London Centre for Book Arts, we also have excellent venues for London-based activities. You will develop your knowledge and analytical skills through lectures, seminars, and directed reading. Supported by workshops on research-based writing, your dissertation will allow you to focus on a specific aspect of historical or contemporary book design, through consideration of both practice and critical discourse. The programme is led by Ruth Blacksell with contributions from Rick Poynor. Visiting academics, researchers and professional designers such as Paul Luna, Fraser Muggeridge and Lozana Rossenova ensure that you are challenged by a wide range of genres and approaches. Whenever possible, you can join students on our other MA programmes for taught elements, enhancement activities and to hear visiting speakers. **Careers** Many of the graduates from our Typography and Graphic Communication department take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios, and wayfinding and information design studios. Others develop their own businesses, or take up managerial roles in creative firms. Previous employers have included Apple, Financial Times, Microsoft Typography, Monotype, Nokia, Oxford University Press and the Victoria & Albert Museum.? **Modules** - Book design: practice (design projects) - Book design: core (seminars and essays) - Dissertation

Entry requirements

MA: At least 2:1 honours (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a design or design-relevant subject or, for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. You will be asked to provide a portfolio and an example of academic writing as part of the application process. IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Book design: practice (design projects) * Book design: core (seminars and essays) * Dissertation

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (England) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 16,045 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (England) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (EU) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 16,045 per Whole course (International) 24 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 per Whole course (Wales) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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