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Short Course

Typography Short Course

Central Saint Martins

Discover how the visual manipulation of words can bring great insight into text functions, enhance clarity and produce really successful visual communication. If you want to find confidence in your own typographic voice, this is the course for you.

Course description

Discover how the visual manipulation of words can bring great insight into text functions, enhance clarity and produce really successful visual communication. Whether you are a beginner or a professional designer, if you want to find confidence in your own typographic voice, this is the course for you. And here's why...

First, you will learn the fundamental typographic elements and principles and how to use them effectively and creatively.

Second, you will explore ideas visually through projects embracing typography as both information and art.

And third, your learning will be supported by project critiques, when you'll get ideas from your colleagues and advice from your tutor. 

But that's not all. You will also get to use Central Saint Martins' letterpress facilities for one of the sessions.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

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Topics covered:

  • Choosing typefaces and how to get the best from them
  • Identifying the assorted typographic voices which surround us everyday
  • Strategies for working with different kinds of texts
  • Content analysis
  • How to give your work authority through use of structure
  • Details that can transform ordinary work into something special


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Notebook
  • A3 Layout pad
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Masking Tape
  • Any old magazines that you don't mind cutting up.
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