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duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: DCO10005

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to introduce students to, and help them develop an understanding of typographic forms, terminology, setting systems and conventions. This will be done using a variety of technologies. Students will develop an awareness of content and meaning through the exploration and application of typographic form in regards to layout and design principles.


  • Type history and development, terminology, conventions and technology
  • Type form, families and classification
  • Type legibility and expression
  • Information and typographic hierarchies, composition, spatial manipulation and layout
  • Forming and achieving communication objectives

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