Course Title: Use typography techniques for design work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: GRAP9426C

Course Title: Use typography techniques for design work

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Annette Cook

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ruth Wellington
Tel: 99259147

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


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to use typography techniques for design work. It outlines how typography can be applied to a range of design contexts in response to a brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCRS05A Use typography techniques for design workQ


Ensure quality of typographic product

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief
1.2 Determine client/designer’s requirements for the brief
1.3 Determine and clarify parameters and/or constraints of the brief
1.4 Source reference material on typography pertinent to the brief


Interpret the brief for typographic work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Correctly identify the resources required for the development of typographic work, including work space, tools and equipment
2.2 Prepare and care for resources in accordance with safety requirements and organisational requirements
2.3 Follow storage and inventory procedure in accordance with organisational procedures


Organise resources for typographic work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the attributes of a range of typefaces and their suitability for different purposes
3.2 Identify possible approaches to typography design and establish criteria for the selection of the final approach
3.3 Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for the testing of approaches and techniques
3.4 Trial typography techniques that may meet the requirements of the brief
3.5 Evaluate trialling against selection criteria and select the preferred approach based on the requirements of the brief


Produce typography

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select and organise equipment, tools, materials and techniques for typographic work in accordance with the design approach
4.2 Develop the typographic work ensuring consistency with the selected approach and the brief


Test and explore a range of techniques for typography

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Check and monitor the typography conforms to brief, including grammar and technical production and/or printing requirements
5.2 Mange typographic work to facilitate effective storage, retrieval and output by manual or digital means
5.3 Identify constraints and requirements of specified reproduction or diffusion processes (for print or electronic submission) and take action accordingly
5.4 Present the work in accordance with the brief specifications

Learning Outcomes

1 Interpret the brief for typographic work
2 Organise resources for typographic work
3 Test and explore a range of techniques for typography
4 Produce typography
5 Ensure quality of typographic product

Details of Learning Activities

Proposed activities: in class exercises, project briefings and associated discussions, excursions, presentations and demonstrations.

Teaching Schedule

 WEEK ACTIVITIESLearning elements      
 Type techniques  

 1 Orientation/Introduction
 2 Type project 1 - “Objectifont”
        2D/3D font design and variants
 3 Type project 1 - continued 1-5
 4 Type project 1 - continued 1-5
 5 Type project 1 - continued 1-5
 6 Type project 1 - continued 1-5
 7 Type project 1 – continued
 8 Type project 1 – continued
 9 Type project 1 - due in Week 9 1-5

 18  Folio Review week 1-5
 Sem 2
 1 Type project 2 - “Commun-OK”        
        Typographic composition and expression
 2 Type project 2 - continued    
 3 Type project 2 - continued 1-5
 4 Type project 2 - continued 1-5
 5 Type project 2 - continued 1-5
 6 Type project 2 - continued 1-5
 7 Type project 2 - continued 1-5
 8 Type project 2 - due in week 8

 16 Folio preparation and review
 17 Final submissions and assessment
 18 Folio sequencing and review for interview 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Specified, where applicable, in each design brief.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment breakdown will be as follows:
2 x projects @ 50% each (100%)
Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time and in response to each submission.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students submit all completed work. This assessment will include a written evaluation. A graded assessment will also occur for this course.
To be deemed competent in the course students must demonstrate competence in all Elements and related Performance Criteria.
This unit is delivered in the GRAPHIC STUDIO in combination with ’Graphic design techniques’ and ’Interpret a brief’.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks are as follows: 2 x major projects (one to be presented in class). The typographic briefs will explore concept development and materials and media exploration to expand on creative options and approaches. Each project involves multiple outcomes and the extension and adaptation of different forms of visual communication devices.

Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80-100%
DI Distinction = 70 -79%
CR Credit = 60 - 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 -59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available) -
NN Fail = 0 - 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved)

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work.
This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.
Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.
Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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