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Course Description

Computer Graphics Technology - CGT 149

Typography (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course introduces the graphic design student to the principles of typography by investigating letter forms as both an element of design and as a medium of communication. Concentration is on typeface identification, effective use of type to convey information, measuring systems and application of typography to computer graphics.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • CGT 123 with a minimum grade of 2.0.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Ascertain the parts of letterforms.
  • Explain the substrates and corresponding writing tools for written communication since the inception of writing throughout desktop publishing.
  • Identify key innovators in type design from the invention of the printing press through the present time.
  • Identify the historical classifications of type.
  • Use the proper terminology in describing type styles.
  • Explain the technical and aesthetic significance of the optical adjustments used in the design of letterforms.
  • Adapt the proper readability and legibility considerations in setting type for application in print, web, animation and video.
  • Apply the technical and aesthetic characteristic of typesetting to the visual prioritization of information on a page.
  • Apply basic design principles (space, size, rhythm, balance, contrast, proportion, unity, variety, harmony) to typesetting for enhancement of meaning and legibility in a variety of applications.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; COMPUTER GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 149149304Typography 3Jacobs E$42.0016/22/0OpenW  12:00 PM-02:52 PM JC103

Winter; 2019; COMPUTER GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/14/2019

 149119330Typography 3Jacobs E$42.0024/24/0OpenT  01:00 PM-03:52 PM JC103