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2021-2022 Archived Catalog 
2021-2022 Archived Catalog

DESN-130 Type I

Credits 3 / 4 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into ACRD 080 ; Minimum grade of 2.0 in DESN-115 or MAET-100. 
This course provides an introduction to the study of the letterform as a cornerstone of graphic design. It focuses on how typography can be used as a communicative device as well as a graphic, compositional and expressive element. Areas explored include letterform anatomy, letterform analysis, measuring systems, typographic identification, and practical issues of setting and using type effectively. Computer and software access will be needed to successfully complete this course.

Course Outcomes
  • Name major classifications of typefaces.
  • List characteristics of the various families of typefaces.
  • Identify the anatomical aspects of type.
  • Choose appropriate typographic metrics when typesetting.
  • Describe characteristics of well-designed typographic work.
  • Apply artistic direction to your own work.
  • Interpret the design decisions and the point-of-view of others.
  • Create graphic design pieces that show ease and familiarity of typography in visual communication and design.
  • Demonstrate correct file management protocols as required for professional quality output.
  • Navigate and manipulate the software interface at the expectation of employers in the field.
  • Analyze and critique your creative work and the work of others.