Course Description

Develop your understanding of typography in relation to expressive text and image-based content. Learn about the functional and formal properties of type. An understanding of format, hierarchy, legibility, clarity and type as the carrier of meaning will be investigated. Discover the important roles that shape, size, and personality of type play in good design, and how it leads to effective communication.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify the anatomy of typography
  • Recognize and identify different typeface classifications and families
  • Define typographic terminology
  • Describe the history of typography
  • Execute effective hierarchy of typography
  • Recognize the basic elements of a grid
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Online Asynchronous
Sep 24, 2024 to Nov 18, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $529.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
Edition: 2nd Revised edition (July 22, 2010)
Authors: Ellen Lupton
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Textbooks are available for purchase from the Main Campus UofC Bookstore.   For information on the UofC Bookstore hours, store locations or how to purchase textbooks http://www.calgarybookstore.ca

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses within the Visual Design Certificate.

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