Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and manipulate key structural features in the design of a typeface;

2. Present typographic design visually and verbally;

3. Design effective typographic layouts for various forms of publication;

4. Understand the role typeface design plays in establishing a tone of voice in visual communication.


Topics will include:

  • The relationship between language and typeform;
  • Typographic hierarchies and page grids;
  • Typographic anatomy, legibility and readability;
  • Typography in branding and publication contexts;
  • 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 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1, 2, 7 and 8


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 3

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.