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Typography Intensive (Preparation for postgraduate study in Graphic Communication Design)

Typography Intensive (Preparation for postgraduate study in Graphic Communication Design)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Stephen Barrett


Aimed at students applying to MA Graphic Communication Design with experience from outside of the discipline, this three-week, full-time short course has been designed to enable students to bridge the gap between their knowledge and experiences and the requirements of MAGCD. Comprising lectures, seminars, external visits and studio-based workshops, the course encourages both independent and collaborative practice with a strong emphasis on the design process, research and craft skills.

Projects are typographically led, with broader discussions and explorations of systems and information design. Students are introduced to the historical, social and political context of typography through the documentation and appraisal of type and lettering from a variety of sources. Students will have a total of 45 hours contact time with teaching staff (15 hours per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays), with studio access on Wednesdays and Thursdays for independent and collaborative project work. Students may also be expected to attend specific exhibitions or off-site visits on these days.

Header image: ‘Typography Intensive’, a collaborative publication showcasing modular typefaces designed by students on the course. The cover features the work of Luis Gutierrez Rico who is now studying MA Graphic Communication Design at CSM. Photograph by Máté Moro.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Stephen Barrett graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2007. From 2008–14 he was a designer at Fraser Muggeridge studio working with clients such as the Barbican, Camden Arts Centre, Henry Moore Institute, Serpentine Gallery, Tate and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2014 he set up his own design practice. He teaches Graphic Design at the University of East London and has lectured and conducted workshops at Winchester School of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Typography Summer School 2010–12.


Course Materials and Equipment

  • Pens, pencils, sketchbook/notebook
  • Digital camera (smartphone is fine)
  • Laptop with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is advised
  • Access to college printers is provided (please follow this link for details and costs)
  • There may also be additional costs for paper and large format printing (approximately £10)

Available dates