The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course explores the systematic use of typography in a variety of professional applications. It introduces students to the underlying structural principles for type design and usage in different `publication' systems and covers a number of key technical terms and devices for doing so.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and manipulate many of the key structural features of various letterforms and typefaces in the design of a typeface

2. Display an understanding of a variety of technical terms and devices for designing effectively with type

3. Design typographic layouts for a variety of publication forms

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role typeface design plays in establishing a tone of voice in creating meaning in visual communication.


Topics will include:

  1. Design and construction of letterforms and typefaces;
  2. Visual hierarchies and the grid structure;
  3. Image, type and graphic relationships;
  4. Type characteristics, legibility, readability and meaning;


This course replaces DESN1300. If you have successfully completed DESN1300 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Project: Visual submission - 50%

Project: Visual submission, class work and oral presentation - 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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