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Self-Publication and the Print Press   
Matthew Burton, Senior Lecturer in Illustration for Commercial Application at The Northern School of Art


The concept of zine or independent “small press” publication and production is not unusual within the curriculum of many Illustration or design programs. ​

There are several reasons why such modules are commonplace, be that transferable technical skills within print, layout, or the act of making.​

Although all of these are key to the small press works produced by students within the “Illustration for Commercial Negotiation” program at the Northern School of Art there is a fundamental function of such works which this list fails to address, and this is the focus of the scholarly activity carried out across the program this year.​

This presentation intends to present how this research has directly impacted the curriculum of the program this year and the intended scope of the work looking forward to the future of the program.



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