Course Description

This online studio course covers a range of techniques for bookbinding based on folding and sewing without adhesives. The structures covered through video demonstrations are a contemporary take on historical techniques and participants will produce a series of sample bindings. A final project will apply and adapt one structure for a visual project which may experiment with unconventional materials and structures while utilizing photography, illustration, text or other contents. Considerations of the relationships of form, content and sequence will be discussed. This course requires only basic tools and materials.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the making of a variety of hand-sewn book structures through hands-on production,
  • Work with basic hand bookbinding tools and materials,
  • Articulate basic factors related to sequencing and layout of images and text in the book format,
  • Utilize a developmental methodology for project creation based on experimentation and maquette-making,
  • Put into practice an understanding of using visual materials in the book format through completion of a final book project.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Bookbinding Studio
Sep 18, 2024 to Oct 29, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $500.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.
Section Notes

Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. Learn more about what to expect in a Continuing Studies online course at OCAD U.

Important: Online courses have firm start and end dates. Each assignment has its own deadline. Extensions are not granted.

As a Continuing Studies student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas, and our on-campus WiFi network. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca. If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: https://login.ocadu.ca/forgot. If you need further help, please contact us at continuingstudies@ocadu.ca

After enrolling in a course, please allow up to 5 hours for your student data to migrate to Canvas.

Please note that courses may fill up early or be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early, at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the course.