I'm thinking about doing a masters or a post grad in book arts in the UK and wondered if I could get some reactions on certain courses and teaching styles/methods from anyone has recently graduated or is currently studying?
MA Printmaking/Artists' Books at UWE is taught by Tom Sowden and Sarah Bodman (I'm pretty certain you know them both?) - I've just graduated and couldn't have chosen a better place to study. The course structure is very versatile and malleable to your own personal needs. The best thing to do is contact the course leader, Richard Anderton on this email address firstname.lastname@example.org. He's very helpful. I think the only other place is Camberwell however other institutions such as Hereford have specialists in the field that you'd be able to approach easily. Hopefully helpful? Or contact Sarah Bodman directly through here. I think most people would agree that she's Miss Artists' Books UK and she's also the most overachieving, generous person I know. (Go to UWE! It's great!!) http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/ww1212/2010#about
Thanks Helen! Yes UWE would ordinarily be my first choice of course and I have talked briefly to Sarah about it too; but I don't think I could leave London, or afford to pay the fees! At least with the Camberwell one I could apply for AHRC funding - not that I expect to get it for sure of course! All so troublesome now with these cuts happening left right and centre; maybe its not the time to go into full time education again.... Did you do full time or part time?
I studied on the Book Arts MA at Camberwell. It was a very open course, which allowed you to explore your practice to your own ends. Access to the print room facilities was a bit limited as print students had priority and there is no bindery. Contact hours are minimal. It depends what you are looking for in a course as to whether these points are negative or not. I found I was able to investigate my subject matter freely, and am use to little contact, having studied fine art before hand.
Hope this helps,
Thanks for your input Sarah; this is helpful, I will of course go along to the open day in December and hopefully talk to some of the tutors. I also studied Fine Art as an undergraduate and am used to not much contact. You said no bindery, but do you get taught any binding techniques? I have been to a workshop or two before and practised on my own but it would be good to be taught in a bit more detail.