TYMPBP-Book design practice

Module Provider: Typography
Number of credits: 90 [45 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Ruth Blacksell

Email: r.e.blacksell@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

To introduce students and develop their thinking in the practice of typography, specifically through book design. To enable them to achieve a high level of competence in design work. To develop their grasp of the principles and methods of typographic design, and to assist them to form an understanding of the demands of professional practice.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • demonstrate working methods appropriate to task and resources, deliver work on time
  • analyse the problem posed by the brief
  • explore alternative approaches to the problem
  • apply their synthetic skills to propose an appropriate solution to a design problem, showing evidence of sensitivity to the needs of users and readers
  • demonstrate craft skills and technical competence and an understanding of the design aspects of production
  • present their practical work effectively, supported by files of preparatory work which show evidence of the development of their design thinking

Additional outcomes:
Students should also be able to: effectively contribute to meetings, take responsibility for the outcomes of their work, explain their work in public, understand project management in design, and recognize current professional developments.

Outline content:
All projects will be concerned with the design of books or with related editorial design in print and electronic media, and may range from projects concerned with typographic detail to the design of an entire book or system for a series design. Students, will, wherever possible, participate in professional assignments ('real jobs'), typically over the course of the module. An alternative assignment, typically a reflection on professional practice, may be substituted by the programme director.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Projects involve group and individual meetings/tutorials. At the end of a project a final review may include plenary meetings, and also sub-group meetings and individual tutorials. During the course of a project there will be opportunities for both individual and small-group discussions. Projects may involve some form of print or electronic media production, and the necessary liaison with Design & Print Unit staff. Professional assignments involve supervisory tutorials and regular monitoring meetings; they also require a concluding presentation to both students and supervisors.
A number of visiting lecturers and demonstrators enrich the subjects covered and provide important feedback from the industry.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 20 20 5
Supervised time in studio/workshop 80 80 25
Guided independent study 225 225 220
Total hours by term 325.00 325.00 250.00
Total hours for module 900.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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