Design Fundamentals

Course code DESN1101Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of typography and takes a playful approach to exploring the relationships between typographic form, language, images, and graphic elements. Through a series of experimental projects students will develop an understanding of type in relation to scale, colour, form, juxtaposition and context of usage.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand, at a basic level, the evolution of type forms and their classification into ‘families’;
2. Begin to identify many of the key structural features of various letterforms and typefaces;
3. Competently select and use appropriate typefaces for different applications that deal with issues of scale, legibility, and context of usage;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between typefaces, language, images and graphic elements in creating meaning.
ContentTopics will include:
1. The relationship between language and typeform;
2. Production technologies for type and graphics;
3. Graphic design terminology;
4. Classification of typefaces materials and techniques;
5. Typeface choice and use in relationship to scale, colour, image, graphic elements and contexts of usage.
Replacing Course(s)DESN2100 Typography
TransitionDESN1101 replaced DESN2100 'Typography' in 2014. Students who have successfully completed DESN2100 will not be required to complete DESN1101. Credit cannot be obtained for both DESN1101 and DESN2100.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Studio: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for DESN1101