City Lit intermediate to advanced bookbinding

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 02/07/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kathy Abbott

An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.


What is the course about?

This intermediate/advanced level course is designed to allow you to work on your own projects; be it fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures.

What will we cover?

Your own projects, such as: modern conservation binding structures, contemporary fine binding in leather, book repair and conservation, box making and alternative book structures.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select and use appropriate materials
- Work confidently and independently on your own projects
- Assess your own work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course Is for intermediate and advanced levels. It is not suitable for beginners.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration, group and individual tuition. You may wish to practise and experiment at home.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will have to bring your own small hand tools, and you will have to pay for certain materials that you use; some are available for purchase in the class. You may occasionally have to get, for example, leather or specific paper or tools and you will be given advice on this.If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may like to further your learning with a course on gold tooling or leather techniques or by enrolling on a City Lit bookbinding masterclasses. There is also VD413 Book Club where you can work on individual projects supported by a tutor in a workshop situation. Your tutor will be able to advise you during this course.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VD197

Tue, day, 30 Apr - 02 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £439.00
Senior fee: £351.00
Concession: £268.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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