Course Title: Use typography techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: GRAP5339C

Course Title: Use typography techniques

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9417

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction GRAP5337 Graphic design techniques and VART6279 Realise a creative project.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use typography techniques in design work. It includes a general knowledge of typography and its application to different design briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVGRD302A Use typography techniques


3. Complete typographic work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop the typographic work ensuring consistency with the selected approach and the brief
3.2 Review work in progress against project objectives and specifications
3.3 Seek and use feedback on work in progress to make adjustments to typographic work as required


4. Ensure quality of typographic output

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check that typography meets the requirements of the brief, including grammar and technical production and/or printing requirements
4.2 Finalise operations in line with organisational procedures
4.3 Present completed work within agreed time and quality parameters


1. Prepare to undertake typographic work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 With reference to briefing documentation, clarify design requirements for typographic work in consultation with relevant personnel
1.2 Source reference material on typography pertinent to the brief
1.3 Confirm equipment, materials and work space requirements
1.4 Take account of the requirements for different publication processes when planning work
1.5 Set up work space and equipment with due regard to safety considerations and organisational procedures


2. Test and explore a range of typographical techniques

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify possible approaches to typography design and establish criteria for the selection of a final approach
2.2 Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for the testing of approaches and techniques
2.3 Trial typography techniques that may meet the requirements of the brief
2.4 Evaluate trialling against criteria and select the preferred design approach

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities may include:
class exercises
practical demonstrations
group discussion
review and revision
peer learning
peer teaching and class presentations
teacher directed group activities/projects
workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:
independent research
independent project based work
studio practice
online tutorials and activities
review and revision

Teaching Schedule

  Typography Techniques and Graphic Design Techniques are delivered together as integrated projects.
  The Realise a Creative Project course is assessed separately - see course guide for VART 6279C.

WeekLearning program

Learning elements
Type Techs GRAP5339C

Learning elements
Graphic Design GRAP5337C

Introduction to Courses + Creative Project and Folio stages

            1 - 4              1 - 4
2Task 1TT - Type as image
3Task 2TT - Text formatting

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

5Creative Project - Tumblr blog and Folio
6First Folio Week
7Project 1 - Cover content & layout

Project 1 - Page content & layout

9Project 1 - Resolution and production

Project 1 - Completion and submission

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

11Task 1GD - Branding research  
 Mid semester break Sept 19 - Oct 4, inclusive   
12 Folio Update Week  
13Task 2GD - Event proposal + concept  
14Creative Project - Tumblr blog  
15Project 2 - Develop visual branding  
16Project 2 - Apply branding to items        1 - 4               1 - 4
17Project 2 - Resolve type and layouts  
18Final folio Week  
19Project 2 - Completion and submission  
20Creative Project -Tumblr blog submission  
21Assessment week   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

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 will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include tasks and projects.

Assessment tasks are:
Type project 1A - Magazine 50%
Type project 2A - Music event branding 50%

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential
building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.

This course has 2 x projects and 2 x Type tasks, which must be completed/submitted.
You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

2 x tasks                     Task 1TT: Type as image (due in Week 2)
                                   Task 2TT: Text formatting (due in Week 4)
2 x projects                 Project 1 - PART A - The design of a masthead, cover lines and formatted article text for the magazine/publication (due in Week 10)
                                   Project 2 - PART A - The typographic components for a music event, including name, poster and ticket text formatting, etc (due in Week 19)

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:
CHD - Competent with High Distinction.
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment
NYC - Not Yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major 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 to be successful in this course.

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:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

Special consideration Policy
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.
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Late Submission & Extensions
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.
Extension form link – 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: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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