Online Basic Typography Course
Typography is what sets designers apart from other artists. In visual communication, typography must be integrated (every last loop, bowl, and descender) into a total design. In this online basic typography course, you'll explore the anatomy of the letterform. Working with a design pro, you'll learn how to classify typefaces and use them creatively. Understanding the fundamentals of typography will give your work power, eloquence, and beauty.
Learn the fundamentals of letterforms and typefaces
Feedback from design professionals
Stretch your skills, grow your portfolio
Learn at Your Own Pace
Self-paced and scheduled programs available
1 - The Language of the Letterform
Did you know that letters have shoulders, arms, and ears? In Lesson One, you'll jump right into the fundamentals, looking at the historical origins of typography and learning to identify the component parts of letterforms. You'll explore the applications of typography through case studies on two professional typographers: one designs type, and the other designs with type. You'll also look at contemporary typefaces and their uses.
Project - Type Research
2 - Type Classification
Lesson Two embarks on a trip through the 12 ATypI categories of typeface. Serif or sans serif? Venetian or Glyphic? You'll learn how to identify a typeface by its defining characteristics, and choose the right "face" for your project.
Project - Page design
3 - Quirky and Loving It
Lesson Three explores the theatrical aspect of the display typography used in posters, advertisements, and online. You'll take a look at the emotion, drama, or whimsy a display typeface can bring to a project, looking at the work of leading designers over the years.
Project - Famous type
Students in this course can expect to learn to:
- Develop an understanding of the basic terminology of typography and the historical origins of typographical terms and concepts.
- Identify classic and contemporary typefaces and their use by modern designers.
- Analyze a letterform, identifying its distinctive features and anatomical elements.
- Develop a basic proficiency in identifying and classifying type by looking for the main features in a typeface.
- Identify the 12 ATypI categories of typeface by their characteristic elements.
- Use type categories and characteristics to select typefaces and structure text on a page.
- Select and manipulate type to depict a concept or mood.
- Develop an understanding of the applications of display typography and expressive applications of typography in print and on screen.
- Create a type composition that represents a theme typographically.
Interested in this course? Scheduled and self-paced enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree or certificate program.
|Course Level||Classes start||Registration Fee||Tuition|
1.5-credit course, 7 weeks
|Jan, Apr, Aug||$200||$490/credit|
30 hour course, 3 months access
|Enroll today, start tomorrow||$50||$619|
|* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.|
Software and Supplies
To take this course you'll need:
- Computer with Internet connection.
- Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop or equivalent programs.
- Basic experience in the above software.
- Basic drawing materials (pencil, paper) and ability to scan or photograph sketches.
Course developed by Brian Slawson
Typography is not a simple as I thought! I got a lot of feedback and suggestions on how to improve my projects.Melissa Weatherholtz, Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design
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