The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the evolution of type forms and their classification into 'families';

2. 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. Communicate 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. Typographic anatomy and 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.


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

Assessment items

Project: Multi-part Practical Design Project 1 - 50%

Project: Multi-part Practical Design Project 2 - 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10,12


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1-6 and Weeks 8-12