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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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VCT 1060 - Typography

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course in typography is a hands-on introduction to the world of letterforms. It begins with a historical look at early writing systems and moves to the contemporary computer-generated type and fonts we know today. Exercises and learning activities will help students learn the important concepts and skills of using and creating meaningful type which communicates a message efficiently and effectively.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): VCT 1012  or concurrent enrollment.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Creative uses of type
  2. Designing type
  3. Layout design aspects
  4. Legibility and readability
  5. Physical attributes of type
  6. The history of type
  7. Type family classification
  8. Type in a digital environment
  9. Using grids

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify ancient writing systems and their influence on early typefaces.
  2. describe the parts of a typeface.
  3. recognize the influence of early typefaces on contemporary letterforms.
  4. identify typeface characters from a practical perspective.
  5. describe the difference between typesetting and typewriting.
  6. compare the advantages and drawbacks to setting type on a computer.
  7. describe typographic conventions and their appropriate use in different situations.
  8. demonstrate how the appearance of a typeface can influence the message.

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