18 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

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Learn traditional Eastern and Western bookbinding methods. Undertake practical exercises guided by an experienced teacher to complete a minimum of three hand bound books. You will complete progressive hands-on projects of increasing difficulty. Tools and equipment in the bindery are available to use as needed for projects.

Course content

  • Grain direction
  • Sewing techniques of text blocks including tape method and french link
  • Paper decoration
  • Casing in
  • Endpaper attachments
  • Tilting


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course. An interest in hand made books would be beneficial.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking. A list of materials you will be required to purchase will be supplied prior to the course commencing.

Suited to

This course is designed for people interested in bookbinding, book repair, box making.


Participants will be able to execute introductory bookbinding and finishing tasks and produce their own hand bound books.

  • 4 x Japanese Traditional bookbinding ( simple, stab stitch, help and tortoise soft cover)
  • Case binding book (western traditional binding hardcover book)
  • Half bound Book (western traditional binding hardcover book 2 clothes)

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer