ifyoureboredyoureboring asked: Where did you/are you getting a degree in book arts?
A number of people have been asking where I’m doing my degree since I posted about it earlier in the week. I am doing a BA Book Arts at London College of Communication (1 of the 5 colleges within the University of the Arts London) Some people have even written in to express an interest in applying for the course, but I feel I should warn folks that unfortunately it has come about recently that due to cut-backs, LCC is rumored to be dropping 15 out of its 45 courses within the next year or two, BA Book Arts being one of them :(
It is unbelievably depressing news for our passionate tutors who have been building the course up over the years, and for all the students in general studying within these 15 courses (we will still get to graduate, but it doesn’t inspire a vote of confidence). Our course was never properly marketed, although it does annually receive a generous number of applicants. In the end, university is still a business and the higher ups wish to make maximum profit. Book arts (due to the fact we do work in so many different departments and therefore use up a lot of resources) is expensive to run. Ideally, they just want to cram as many art students as possible into a big lecture room, churn us out en masse and provide us with as little of the costly resources we’ve actually paid for. With this system, everyone will graduate with the same skillset/lack of problem-solving or abstract thinking. Innovation tends to diminish in these kinds of degrees :(
However, there are other reputable book arts courses/degrees out there worldwide. I know that still within the University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts does an MA in Book Arts. x
And it has been foretold that this shall indeed be the first book I finish in 2012. I am waiting until midnight, then I will ring in 2012 with this book which shall remain on my favorites shelf for all eternity. Cheers to Napoleon, Gorey covers, and Canadian history!
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DC Superheroes: The Ultimate Pop-up Book
“Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet!”
"‘This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have."
In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.
She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”
American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.
(Source: futilitycloset.com, via romanticbibliophile)