• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Alison Alder
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Typography is a graduate level elective course that allows graduate students to explore the principles and practices of using text in their visual art practice. A variety of practical techniques are explored, conceptual issues are addressed and occupational health and safety instruction is included.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the techniques, processes and equipment used in handset and computer typography;
2. Demonstrate a creative exploration of materials and alternative techniques;
3. Apply concepts and techniques to the development of resolved works of art
4. Show a critical awareness of historical, conceptual and theoretical contexts;
5. Comply with OH&S requirements and procedures.

Indicative Assessment

4 hours per week of supervised studio practice and individual and group tutorials and a further 6 hours per week of independent research. Graduate students will have a minimum of four individual tutorials with staff and will need to access material on the course's graduate Wattle site.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2715

You will need to contact the School of Art to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Paul Maravelas, Letterpress Printing: A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers (Newcastle: Oak Knoll Press, 2005) [686.2 MAR]

Phil Baines: Type and Typography (UK: Libanus Press, 2005) [686.224 BAI]

Herbert Spencer (ed), The Liberated Page (San Francisco: Bedford Press, 1987)

Steven Heller & Mirko Ilic, Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age (UK: Thames & Hudson, 2006)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8658 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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