Design Fundamentals

Course code DESN1101
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


Topics 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN2100. Students who have successfully completed DESN2100 are not eligible to enrol in DESN1101.


This course replaces DESN2100. If you have successfully completed DESN2100 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Presentation: Assessment 1

Presentation: Assessment 2 - Presentations - Individual

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks