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Making Zines: The Art of DIY And Self publication for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Making Zines: The Art of DIY And Self publication for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rochelle Fry, Ignacia Ruiz


A zine (short for Magazine or fanzine - pronounced “zeen”)  is usually a self made publication that can showcase anything.

Zines can be traced back to science fiction fans in the ‘50’s and the British punk movement of the 1970’s. Zines are now made and distributed by artists, illustrators and designers alike.

A Zine is a low cost, self-made piece of work, accessible and achievable for anyone. This course combines designing layouts, curating content, and specialist skills such as bookbinding and typography - the result is a completed, handmade publication. On this course you will learn through exploration, experimentation and bringing your personal interests on board.

During this course you will learn how to produce your own zine through a hands on non-digital approach. You will experiment with formats, techniques and different ways of making work including self-led and short group projects. There will be several small projects that culminate in creating your own individually designed zine.

Topics covered

•    Research
•    Layout
•    Collage
•    Bookbinding
•    mood-boarding
•    printmaking
•    drawing
•    image making
•    putting a publication together from scratch


During the course you will:
•    Work on a project that will enhance your portfolio by integrating many skills in one final work.
•    Find a platform to visually showcase work of any interest and area (presentation - open to any interest or area)
•    Produce a body of work that includes research, experimentation, making and to develop a project from beginning to end.

Who should take this course

This course is ideal for young students looking to study illustration, graphics, design or fine art.


Beginners/ Portfolio builders

Entry requirements
An interest in art and design is preferable but no previous knowledge is necessary.

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old

Tutor Description

Rochelle Fry is an artist and educator who lives and works in London. A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools London, Rochelle has exhibited her work in London and internationally. As a long standing member of Five Years, a well-established artist run gallery, she curates exhibitions and coordinates collaborative projects. Rochelle has extensive experience teaching short courses at CSM including Art & Design summer workshops, and drawing and portfolio preparation courses. She teaches bespoke courses preparing and mentoring students for successful art university applications and also teaches drawing at the Civil Engineering Department, City University, London.

Ignacia is an illustrator and designer based in London working primarily with print and drawing. Her projects vary from editorial illustration to branding to 3D objects. She has worked for Penguin books, Editions Zulma, Wild in art, Scoop magazine and WPP among others.

She graduated from the Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins and is currently an associate lecturer on the Foundation course.


Please bring to the course:
  • A Magazine (any type or style that interests you)
  • Newspaper
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Ruler

  • Available dates

    If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.