ART122 The Book Form (8)

This subject focuses on the book form as a means of communicating ideas and information. A brief history of book production will introduce students to the possibilities and constraints offered by different methods of book production. Students will learn how to make a variety of book structures and develop skills in combining image, text and physical form to convey ideas and information.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ART122. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to differentiate between 'book' as a concept and 'the book' as a structure;
  • be able to explain how book conventions have evolved over time;
  • be able to demonstrate the affordances offered by different methods of book production;
  • be able to make a range of book structures; and
  • be able to combine image, text and format to convey ideas and information in the book form.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is a book?
  • A brief survey of book history
  • Methods of making books: hand written, printed and e- books
  • Book structures and conventions
  • Book genres: illustrated books, picture books, graphic novels, artist's books
  • Image and text/form and content

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ART122 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short paper - book conventions
Bookmaking skills
A final outcome

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.