• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Pia van Gelder
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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No longer confined to the printed page, typography is a fundamental element of contemporary design practice that is evident across screen, print and the built environment. This course offers an introduction to this dynamic field, providing a grounding in typographic concepts, terminology, and production practices. The course considers both the history of typography and the multitude of contemporary forms to which the practice has adapted. It aims to provide students with fundamental typographic competencies while also introducing them to the wealth of new opportunities for typographic exploration and development. Students conduct research, analysis and experimental production in the process of designing and producing typographic works for print, screen, and three-dimensional forms. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of key typographic concepts, principles and terminology;
  2. adapt and apply typographic design across print, screen and three-dimensional forms;
  3. conduct research into design theories, artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production; and
  4. substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Type project 1 - research and analysis (20) [LO 1,3]
  2. Type project 2 - experimentation (30) [LO 1,2]
  3. Type project 3 - type in context (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Reflection and rationale (10) [LO 3,4]
  5. Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress. (null) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 39 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 91 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Familiarity and competence with design software such as Adobe Creative Suite.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least one of the following courses: a 1000 level ARTV course or DESN1005 or DESN1002.

Prescribed Texts

Lupton, E. (2004). Thinking with type: A critical guide for designers, writers, editors, & students. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Preliminary Reading

Jury, D. (2002). About face: Reviving the rules of typography. Switzerland: RotoVision.
Lupton, E. (2004). Thinking with type: A critical guide for designers, writers, editors, & students. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Rosendorf, T. (2009). The typographic desk reference: TDR. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books.
Samara, T. (2005). Making and breaking the grid: A graphic design layout workshop. Beverly: Rockport.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8420 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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