Design Fundamentals

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Fundamentals

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Graphic Design, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Replacing Course(s)

    This course replaces the following course(s): DESN2100. Students who have successfully completed DESN2100 are not eligible to enrol in DESN1101.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of typography and takes a playful approach to exploring the relationships between typographic form, language, images, and graphic elements. Through a series of experimental projects students will develop an understanding of type in relation to scale, colour, form, juxtaposition and context of usage.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand, at a basic level, the evolution of type forms and their classification into 'families';

    2. Begin to identify many of the key structural features of various letterforms and typefaces;

    3. Competently select and use appropriate typefaces for different applications that deal with issues of scale, legibility, and context of usage;

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between typefaces, language, images and graphic elements in creating meaning.


    Topics will include:

    The relationship between language and typeform;
    Production technologies for type and graphics;
    Graphic design terminology;
    Classification of typefaces materials and techniques;
    Typeface choice and use in relationship to scale, colour, image, graphic elements and contexts of usage.

    Assessment Items

    Presentation: Assessment 1

    Presentation: Assessment 2 - Presentations - Individual

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks


    Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.