Course Title: Use typography techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GRAP5394C

Course Title: Use typography techniques

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ruth Lyon

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use typography techniques in your design work. You will develop an understanding of the historicial development, structure and application of typography and its application to different design and communication outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAGRD302 Use typography techniques


1 Prepare to undertake typographic work 

Performance Criteria:

  • Identify requirements for typographic work in briefing documentation and clarify requirements with relevant personnel
  • Source reference material on typefaces and typography relevant to the brief
  • Confirm equipment, materials and work space requirements
  • Take into account printing or output considerations when planning work
  • Set up work space and equipment according to safety requirements and organisational procedures


2 Test and explore a range of typographical techniques 

Performance Criteria:

  • Identify possible approaches to typography design and establish criteria for the selection of a final approach
  • Select materials, tools and equipment for the testing of approaches, styles and techniques
  • Trial typography techniques that may meet the requirements of the brief
  • Evaluate trials against criteria and select the preferred design approach


3 Complete typographic work

Performance Criteria:

  • Develop the typographic work with the selected approach according to the brief
  • Review work in progress against project objectives and specifications
  • Seek and use feedback on work in progress to make adjustments to typographic work


4 Ensure quality of typographic work

Performance Criteria:

  • Check spelling and grammar and ensure typography meets the technical production and/or printing requirements of the brief
  • Back up and store files and completed documentation according to organisational requirements
  • Present completed work within agreed time and quality parameters

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities will include:

  • typographic design exercises
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion and/or activities
  • teacher directed activities/projects
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects


Out of class activities will include:

  • online and primary research
  • sourcing relevant reference materials
  • sourcing relevant project resources
  • independent project based work
  • student directed activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered with Research and apply graphic design techniques (GRAP5393C),
and has integrated project components assessed separately for each course.


Learning Program

LE - Type Techs

LE - Graphic Design Techs


Orientation and introduction to 3 courses





1 - 4





1 - 4


Ex 1TT - Type manipulation & expression


Ex 2TT - Type formatting & terminology

Project 1 - "Magazine Mark-up"
PART A - Typographic components
PART B - Graphic design components
The design and layout for a magazine masthead and cover design, and a double page spread for an article


Project 1 – Part A&B design process and development


Project 1 – Part A&B design process and development


First Folio Week




Project 1 – Part A&B design refinement and production


1 - 4


1 - 4


Project 1 – Part A&B production and presentation


Project 1 due in

Project 2 - "Music Festival Event"
PART A - Typographic components   PART B - Graphic design components
The branding concept, name and graphics for an original music
event and associated merchandise.

Ex 1GD - Branding and market research


Ex 2GD – Event concept/theme proposal




1 - 4




1 - 4


Project 2 – Part A&B design process and development


Mid program break: 13-23 April (inclusive)


Folio Update Week




Project 2 – Part A&B design process and development



1 - 4



1 - 4


Project 2 – Part A&B design refinement and production


Project 2 – Part A&B design refinement and production


Project 2 – Part A&B final production & presentation


Project 2 due in


Final Folio Week




Final submissions and assessment

1 - 4

1 – 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Carlton Library 686.224G627

Brunswick Library 686.22R116

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students.

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing:

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises.
The assessment tasks are: Typography exercises and project/s
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

This course has 2 x projects. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard. To demonstrate competency in this course you need to engage in the assessment activities and complete them to a competent standard, or show equivalent evidence.

2 x exercises       

Ex 1TT: Type manipulation & expression

Ex 2TT: Type formatting & terminology
2 x projects

Project 1: "Magazine Mark-up" – Part A - The typographic components for this publication, including a masthead, coverlines & text formatting (Due in Week 9) 80% of final grade

Project 2: "Music Festival" – Part A - The typographic components for the branding of an event, including name and any formatted text (Due in Week 17) 20% of final grade

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:


HD Competent with High Distinction

CDI Competent with Distinction

CC Competent with Credit

CAG Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC Not Yet Competent

DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy


When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process.Information regarding the e­Submission process

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links ­ Application for extension of time

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task. 
The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

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