ART317 Art and Books (8)


This subject offers a thematic study of art and books. It focuses on the relationships between image and text, between form and content, and between conception and construction. These concepts are introduced through the study of key examples, including illuminated manuscripts, livres d'artiste, children's illustrated books, the 'new comic' and artists' books in the twentieth century. The subject also introduces students to the literature and contemporary debate about art and books and discusses the future of the book in a digital age.

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Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to discuss the definitions of 'book', 'illustrated book', 'artists' book', 'book-like object'
- be able to identify key episodes in the evolution of the book and discuss the factors what contributed to the evolution of the book form
- be able to discuss the relationship between image and text in the book format
- be able to discuss the relationship between form and content in the book format
- be able to analyse and critique artists' books and illustrated books
- be able to debate the issues surrounding the book in a digital age


The subject will cover the following topics:
- What is a book? - The book in the Middle Ages - Illuminated Manuscripts - The influence of printing on books - Precursers of the artists' book - Illustrated books - livres d'artiste and children's illustrated books - Artists' books in the 20th century - The 'new comic' - The book in the digital age


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.