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Junior Type – Experimentation and the Typographical ar497

Course Description

This course will present eclectic content: artist videos, documentaries, video snippets, students works, adverts, etc. The material showed will relate to the typographical (Oxford Dictionary: relating to the style, appearance, or production of printed matter). That way, the course emphasizes on the relationship of the written word within the context of digital platforms and its printed predecessor.


  • Build/enhance student’s typographic acumen;
  • Develop sense of authorship;
  • Develop attitude;
  • Refine type skills;
  • Work across mediums and modalities;
  • Build design thinking skills;
  • Play + experiment within constraints.

By the end of the semester, the students should have strengthened a personal attitude towards typography while discovering new production techniques through experimentation.


  • Type 1 and Type 2
  • Transfer student demonstrating strong abilities in typography


2 credits


Attend to all classes is essential. Un-excused absences will result in faults to the participation evaluation. Keep me updated if you need to miss class. In any case, the students are responsible for being up-to-date. Being late will be perceived the same way.

Grading Criteria

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You will be evaluated according to your overall engagement in the projects. Your active participation during the semester will also be taken in account.

  • Project 1
  • Project 2
  • Class participation follows the regulations on attendance of the College of Fine Arts.

Assignments Criteria (general)

  • Originality / point of view / attitude
  • Formal approach + typography
  • Execution shows technical skills
  • Give your idea a chance
  • Strangeness factor (Extra points)

Spring 2017 A1

Spring 2017 B1