Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Media, Design en IT
Expert Class Typography 38196/3076/2324/1/88
Study guide

Expert Class Typography

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • International programmes Media, Design and IT
    Programme option:
    • GDM International - Publication Design
    Choice package:
    • Subjects of your choice - Publication Design
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 8 credits
Co-ordinator: Gossé Joke
Other teaching staff: De Vuyst Marijke, Stoops Tim
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 208,00 hours

Short description

In this expert class, you will develop basic competences in type design software Glyphs. You design various types of publications and develop them from concept to print-ready file. You take into account the commercial standards in the field as well as the possibilities and limitations of material choices throughout the entire process.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

You independently apply all principles when it comes to DTP and layout.
You can independently make choices that suit the target group.
You show that you can make good choices and look for the best solution.
You take the technical possibilities and limitations into account.
You can communicate fluently with specialists in the field in the right jargon.
You are able to cearte a design that meets all aspects of the briefing.

Course content

The following topics are covered:

  • Book design, Styles, page hierarchy, material and finishing choices
  • Typography, detail typography, macro typography, text images
  • Letter design, letter design initation, letter anatomy and letter drawing
  • Experiment
  • Typo software

Study material (text): Mandatory

The course material will be made available digitally via Digitap.

For this class, keep in mind additional costs for:

  • access to LinkedIn Learning (+/- 15 euro, to be renewed every academic year)
  • Adobe Creative software (+/- 75 euro, renewable every academic year)
  • Licence Glyphs Mini v.2. (€49)
  • basic drawing materials such as pencils, markers, cutting knife, ruler, cutting mat A4, fine black marker, eraser, sketchbook, ...
  • prints on campus (via credits on your student card)
  • prints that you may have made in a print shop outside school
  • excursion workshop Letterkabinet Gent (+/- 50 euro)
  • book: Unger, G (2018). Theory of Type Design. Nai010 Publishers/Publishers. (+/- 39 euros)

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Practicum36,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours172,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodSkills assessment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

Submissions for evaluation shall always consist of the candidate's own work and shall be submitted within the deadlines provided. If ideas, images or texts, ideas, designs or parts of designs of others are used, the author, designer and/or location of the work must be clearly mentioned to avoid plagiarism - and thus exam fraud.

Note: The effective examination format will be communicated via Digitap. The effective exam time is communicated via Webuntis.