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Principles of Typography and Layout (11063.1)

Level: Introductory Unit Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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This unit aims to acquaint students with the significance of typography within the discipline of visual communication design, its history and as a continuing practice. The unit examines the 20th century art and design movements which have defined the field of typography. Through a mix of research and practical exploration, students connect historical typographic foundations with contemporary practices and technologies. Students examine a diversity of typographic applications from the pragmatics of long-form document design to the expressive capabilities of display faces and custom type forms.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify the impact of typographic history and its relation to contemporary practice;

2. Analyse and apply skills in letterpress and screen printing techniques; and

3. Develop innovative applications of typography as a creative communication form.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of on campus studio and project based learning.





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