Each level includes 2 bookbinding units and a design unit that is common across all craft disciplines. Each Unit requires a minimum 30 hours tuition plus independent research, practice and preparation of the required materials for submission for assessment. OBS offers this tuition either as a full 5 day week, 1 day per month over 5 months or 1 day a week over 5 weeks. The costs and tuition given are the same whichever path is chosen. The design unit can be done independently through the purchase of a set of guided exercises for the student to follow in their own time backed up with by a one day workshop to pull it all together. Or, if preferred the exercises can be completed at OBS with a tutor on hand to lend a guiding hand for a small additional fee.
Design Unit FREE
Tuition all other Units £300 (includes materials, lunch & endless coffee/tea)
C & G registration Fee £34.70 (subject to change by C&G at any time)
Admin & Assessment Fee £95
(remember there are 2 tuition units for each C&G level so total cost per level comes to £859.40)
Students who wish to gain a C&G qualification have 2 years from the date of registration to complete their work for submission.
Students who do not want the formality of a qualification are still welcome to enrol on these workshops. The tuition fees will, of course still apply but you won’t need to pay for C&G registration, admin or assessment fees. You also don’t need to do the design unit.
Experienced binders who are already proficient in the skils and techniques described in each unit and therefore do not feel they need the tuition but would still like to gain C&G qualification and want to know how to go about this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the options available.
This Unit is available as a self paced on-line course. Students will learn how to apply the design elements of colour theory, mark making, shape & form, texture & pattern and the design principles of contrast, proportion, balance and composition to their craft. Students will begin a design portfolio which will be enhanced and developed throughout the other courses. Students can complete the design unit at any time whilst working towards Level 1. Their design portfolio will be expanded during Level 2. Go to the list of workshops for further details and a link to access the course.
Students will learn how to make a variety of pamphlet and multi-section case bindings using a variety of sewing structures, end papers and cover materials. They will also learn all the necessary techniques & guidance required to make the samples, journals and other research evidence required for subsequent assessment.
Students will explore different styles of photo albums using a variety of sewing structures & guards, end papers and cover materials, and learn how to make and cover a slip case. They will also learn all the necessary techniques & guidance required to make the samples, albums, slip case and other research evidence required for subsequent assessment. Students should have completed Unit 118 (or have equivalent skills) before attending this unit.
Students will learn the techniques required to design and make quarter and half leather, multi section, case bindings; rounded and backed with made endpapers, ribbon markers and hand sewn headbands. They will also learn all the necessary techniques & guidance required to design, cost, record the making process, and prepare a half leather case binding and other research evidence required for subsequent assessment. Students should have completed level 1 or have equivalent skills before attending this unit.
Students will learn the techniques required to make various non-adhesive book structures with exposed spines, decorative stitches, stub sewings, pockets and fasteners. They will also learn all the necessary techniques & guidance required to design, cost, record the making process, and prepare a half leather case binding and other research evidence required for subsequent assessment. Students should have completed level 1 or have equivalent skills before attending this unit.
The 2 units for Level 2 can be completed in any order.
For all course dates please go to the Workshops and Courses page
City & Guilds is one of the oldest vocational educational organisations in the UK and is the only body to offer qualifications in Craft Bookbinding. Qualifications are regulated on OFQUAL - the Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations. Assessments are carried out by the C&G's accredited Assessment Centre, Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd. The curriculum was revised in 2012 to meet modern bindery requirements.
By linking our courses to City & Guilds we are able to offer students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised City & Guilds Award or Certificate and the satisfaction of achieving an independently assessed level of competence.
Tuition towards attaining the first 2 levels of this qualification is under the guidance of City & Guilds qualified tutor Diana Illingworth-Cook.