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ARTD6155 Experimental Publishing

Module Overview

The consideration of what publishing actual means today remains a relevant question for any creative practitioner. Over the past few years we have seen a huge rise in self-publishing, print on-demand services, tweeting and social media, from post-digital to post broadcasting, and the act of making things public (publishing) has become a vibrant mix of old and new technologies. This module examines some of these technologies from a multidisciplinary perspective and allows students to explore these within the context of their own practice. The module will focus on three themes (1) Paper. The book as technology, (2) Pixel. Post digital publishing, (3) The network. Distribution and connecting. Students write reflective blog posts throughout the module and write a final reflective summary at the end.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • current theories and practices arising from your in-depth research, and enquiry;
  • systematic insight of contemporary publishing processes relevant to professional practice;
  • contemporary debates in the creative industries and how they inform your practice.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage in advanced research and critical analysis of theoretical discourses about aspects of publishing;
  • critically evaluate how publishing principles relate to your own field of study or practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • articulate an understanding of the module’s content in a written format;
  • produce work fully aware of ethical considerations and conforming to academic integrity guidelines.


This module aims to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of publishing as creative practice. Using three thematic points of departure (outlined in the above module overview), students will attend two lectures for each theme that pinpoint key debates, ideas and practices. As a starting point students will look at the evolution of publishing through print and the mutation of immaterial publishing then go onto explore alternative forms of publishing. Attendance to all lectures and seminars is compulsory. Students are encouraged to link their own practice into debates and discussion.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Seminars • Tutorials Learning activities include • Lectures • Tutorials • Contributions to group discussions • Online research and reading • Peer group learning

Independent Study174
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

P—DPA Post-Digital Publishing Archive.

Michael Bhaskar (2013). The Content Machine: Towards a Theory of Publishing from the Printing Press to the Digital Network. 

Johanna Drucker (2004). The Century of Artists' Books. 

Ludovico, A. Camer. (2012). Post-digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894. 

The Blue Note Book. The Blue Note Book. .

Annette Gilbert (2016). Publishing as Artistic Practice. 

Aldred, D., Waeckerle,E. (2015). Code-X: Paper, Ink, Pixel and Screen. 



Peer Group Feedback


MethodPercentage contribution
Blog/written assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed written tasks  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed written tasks  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Field Trips

Sometimes we attend book fairs and exhibitions in London. Students would have to pay their own travel.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate. Key reading for each week will be made available through Blackboard.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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