An Introduction to Production

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Purpose of the Course
Aimed at those new to book production, this course provides an interactive introduction to how books are made, looking at the whole process including repro, colour management, the different print and binding methods within the book industry, and the language used. It focuses on the role of production, how individuals can add value to it, and how to avoid some of the potential pitfalls of the production process. 

Benefits of Attending
Delegates will hear from an industry expert on a broad range of subjects and learn how to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day role. They will be provided with the tools to be proactive in their role, better express requirements, and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.

This course has a practical emphasis, ensuring that all theoretical elements are accompanied by a practical application. Where appropriate, each section will contain a problem-solving element to enable delegates to gain an understanding of the potential pitfalls, how to avoid them and how to spot them if they do occur.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 10. 

Course Level
This course is aimed at those who are new to book production, those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and those who would like to work in this field. It will provide a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the production and manufacture of books.  

Course Outline
The topics covered will include:

  • The publishing business model and how you can affect its profitability
  • Where production fits into the business and how you can influence it
  • Pre-press: how decisions made at this point can impact the print cost and the quality of the finished book
  • The different print methods, when to use them and how to choose the right one for your book
  • The different types of paper available and how they can impact the cost and look of your book
  • The different binding methods, their pros and cons and the impact they have on design
  • The cover finishes available, their uses and limitations
  • How a book gets to the customer
  • How to select a supplier and request a quote 
  • What to consider when scheduling a book
  • How to solve problems at each stage of the process

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainer
Heather O'Connell, Consultant. (Read about BIC Traininers, here).

Feedback for this Course
Read the feedback received from previous attendees of this course, here

Date & Frequency of this Course 
Wednesday 28th March 2018.
This course will run once in 2018.

Course Location
Faber Creative Spaces, London.

Course Length
This is a full day course.

On the Day
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch. 

Prices
BIC Members £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC £365 + VAT
Non Members £415 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

REGISTRATION
Register to attend this course via Eventbrite by clicking on your preferred course date in the 'Date & Frequency of this Course' section (above). Payment is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.

Read BIC's Course Cancellations & Refund Policy here.