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, and 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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 discuss the definitions of 'book', 'illustrated book', 'artists' book', 'booklike 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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - What is a book?
  • - The book in the Middle Ages - Illuminated Manuscripts
  • - The influence of printing on books
  • - Precursors 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ART317 in Session 1 2020. 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).

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Forum participation
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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.