The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course explores the systematic use of typography in a variety of professional applications. It examines the underlying structural principles of letters and their relationship to legibility and explores the use of typography through projects that are modelled on professional practice. Student projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group/collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN1102. Students who have successfully completed DESN1102 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2201.

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


  • Analysis of type forms in analogue and digital contexts
  • Typographic hierarchies and page grids
  • Image, type and graphic relationships
  • Type characteristics, legibility and readability


If you have successfully completed DESN1102, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Project: Project 1 50%

Project: 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

This lecture will be held in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 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