The ultimate guide to a visual arts education

Please note that this digital resource is not available to institutions in the USA.

This comprehensive resource offers instant, searchable access to over 170 books which combine visual inspiration with practical advice on idea generation, research techniques, portfolio development and more, across the main visual arts disciplines.

It is an essential resource for students and teachers globally, working across multiple fields of practice, including fashion and textiles, design and illustration, photography, film and media, architecture and interiors, marketing and advertising.

Most of the books featured in Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts are taken from five core series: Visual Dictionaries, Fundamentals, Basics, Required Reading, and Creative Careers. You can find out more about these series here, and download the full title list.


  • More than 170 highly illustrated books, providing structured and accessible coverage across the main visual arts disciplines to support a wide range of practice-led courses
  • Titles covering key skills and topics within each discipline, suitable for different levels of study
  • Richly illustrated content, with each title typically offering between 150-250 full-colour images to showcase work, concepts or techniques
  • A wealth of practical pedagogy such as case studies, leading practitioner interviews, and activities allowing students and educators to realise learning outcomes, while embedding students’ understanding of real-world applications and supporting portfolio development

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What content is available in Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts?

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts brings together a collection of over 170 titles offering the best and most inspiring content across multiple fields of practice. Rich with beautiful artwork, practitioner interviews, case studies and activities, the books have been especially designed with the needs of visual learners in mind and provide inspiring design and visuals, practical pedagogy and insider expertise to support a variety of learning pathways and outcomes, as well as portfolio and creative career development.

Does the resource cover history and theory as well as practice?

Yes. Though the focus is on applied disciplines, many of the books offer coverage of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the fields of practice.

What is the coverage of Applied Visual Arts?

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts covers a full range of disciplines – design thinking and management, graphic design, illustration and typography, product and interactive design; fashion and textile design, merchandising and construction; filmmaking, animation and game design; marketing, branding and advertising; architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture and design; and photography.

Who is the resource for?

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts provides a comprehensive resource for students on practice-led visual arts courses in a variety of institutional settings and offering the best and most inspiring content across multiple fields of practice.