Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Daniel Milne


While this unit is concerned with the acquisition of skills to produce fonts digitally, the emphasis is on focused experimentation and the refinement of those skills. Students become familiar with the potentiality and limitations of specific font software packages and learn how to achieve high quality results. This is a highly specialised area of computer-generated typography and offers students the opportunity to be in the forefront of font development. Questions of legibility and the challenging of traditional methods of conveying messages through typography are addressed, discussed and debated.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand how to create digital fonts using specific design software
  2. demonstrate a sound knowledge of type construction
  3. use a computer as an effective design tool
  4. have a greater understanding of the importance of type legibility through the design and application of digitally produced fonts
  5. digitally produce fonts with skill and focused experimentation to a professional standard
  6. consider research as a strategy to develop and initiate concept development within their practical work.


Major projects: 80%. Minor projects: 20%.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including: 3 hours per week including one 1-hour lecture, 2-hour studio and 9 independent study hours per week

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