Develop your typographic expertise in an open and experimental online environment, under the expert guidance of RCA tutor Adrian Shaughnessy.
- Regular fee: £1200
- FULLY BOOKED for June 2023
Eight sessions over four weeks
Three hours 10.30am – 1.30pm BST per session
Monday 5 June 2023
Wednesday 7 June 2023
Monday 12 June 2023
Wednesday 14 June 2023
Monday 19 June 2023
Wednesday 21 June 2023
Monday 26 June 2023
Wednesday 28 June 2023
Typography is part science and part art. A failure to understand this can result in mediocre typographic expression, or worse, miscommunication. This course aims to acquaint you with the core principles of typography (the science) and inspire you to develop your powers of typographic expression (the art).
In this intensive learning and working environment, you will be given the practical and theoretical support needed to develop your own typographic practice.
Each participant will work on individual projects that develop personal and professional skills and inspire original expression. Participants will be encouraged to follow RCA's pedagogical philosophy in developing their own projects and working towards validating and presenting their proposals to RCA tutors.
View our case studies:
Case study: Typography Summer School 2022.
Case study: Typography Summer School 2021.
The course is led by RCA tutor Adrian Shaughnessy who also leads the Editorial Design short course.
About the course
This course is delivered online and is highly interactive, through live learning with self-directed work undertaken by participants between sessions.
The course will run over four weeks, with two x 3-hour sessions each week.
Personal and organisational benefits
In this course you will gain:
- the confidence to recognise and explore the multifaceted nature of the typographic discipline
- the ability to discuss approaches and gather knowledge about contemporary and historical trends
- awareness of the wider typographic landscape
- a chance to work on MA level projects and experience professional-level critique
- a certificate of online attendance
What will you learn?
By the end of this course you will have learnt:
- to confidently make type function in various settings, from traditional to contemporary, from handmade to computer-generated, from print to electronic
- to develop your own typographic projects and present them in front of RCA tutors
- a set of new skills and tools to improve your personal typographic expression
How will you learn?
- Students will work on briefs in their own time and use the online sessions to present work, receive critique and engage in group discussions
- Work with practitioners and educators to develop a critical, creative and insightful practice in an environment catered for personal exploration
- Attendees are encouraged to make work in response to briefs, and then submit it to informed critique
The course is organised in synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment that combines various digital platforms and tools.
Using the videoconferencing service Zoom, the RCA's esteemed academics and facilitators deliver a mix of:
- live lectures
- case studies
- guided assessments
Participants interact with the faculty and peers in breakout rooms in real time.
Participants engage in cross-functional team work with the use of visual collaboration tools.
Through the online whiteboard platform Miro, participants get to:
- interact with various formats and templates
- plan and brainstorm ideas
- create processes and workshop activities in the digital workspace
The College's learning platform Moodle is personalised according to the course's requirements to provide participants with a secure integrated system where they can access the course content.
The hub hosts a range of useful resources to enable the learning experience, including comprehensive timetables, pre-reading materials, course slides, curated videos, tutorials and session recordings.
Participants stay connected and communicate via the channel-based messaging platform Slack throughout the whole duration of the course.
In this space, the academics, facilitators and delegates get to network, plan the course activities, share documents and files during the live sessions or offline.
Participants might work on:
- a new typeface
- typographic outputs (print and/or digital)
- typographic publication (print and/or digital)
- validating and testing their concepts in front of experts.
Who should attend?
- Graphic design students
- Recent graduates who wish to improve their typography skills and knowledge
- Professionals working in publishing, advertising and communication
- Prospective graphic design/visual communication students
- Anyone seeking an opportunity to experiment without professional constraint
This course is not suitable for beginners.
It is preferable for participants to:
- have an undergraduate degree in a design or a demonstrably creative background
- be familiar with some of the industry-standard software packages (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, FontLab, Glyphs, etc)
- use a desktop computer or laptop
- have a basic understanding of typography
- have a good level of English
- be 21 years or over
*Limited number of places up to 15-20 participants.
Disclaimer: The information given is accurate at the time of publication, however, the RCA reserves the right to amend the described course as circumstances dictate.
“This course is wonderful if you're looking to further your conceptual understanding of typography and how it can breathe within different contexts in the world. I learned about the importance of being aware of every step of my design decisions, of becoming able to direct oneself and be critical with one's own work, and that "learning by doing" is a really valuable approach to creating meaningful work.”Online Typography March 2022 participant
“A fantastic, creative, steroid shot to anyone's career. It reminded me of why I got into design in the first place. Inspiring and challenging while allowing me to explore ideas and thinking in ways I may have forgotten or have never spent enough time on previously.”Online Typography March 2022 participant
“This course is the most positive whiplash you can have. Tutors are amazingly talented and passionate designers and offer critics that always nourish your creative thinking. This course is an empowerment tool for every designer who wants to achieve their potential.”Graphic Designer, online Typography Summer School 2021 participant
“The course felt like a breath of fresh air in my career. It was very well structured and encouraged students to explore typography by going out of their comfort zone while not losing a sense of their own personal style. I am very grateful to the instructors for being extremely patient and giving attention to every student, making this experience a very cohesive one.”Visual Designer, online Typography Summer School 2021 participant
“The feedback and the critique from the tutors and fellow students was really useful and I've got lots of inspiration and motivation to take back to my professional practice!”Designer at Shelter, online Typography Summer School 2021 participant
“The course is very well planned and executed, with assignments and engagements covering the overall spectrum of typography. Supported by talks from industry experts, hands-on work and presentations along with personal critiques. I feel very satisfied with the varied perspectives I learnt during the course. Thank you!”Creative Head, Penguin Random House, India
“I loved every minute of the Typography Summer Intensive. The course team were deeply knowledgeable, supportive and generous with their time. I'd recommend this course in a heartbeat!”Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design, Belfast School of Art
“This course played a huge role in making me realise how much I want to pursue graphic design as part of my career in the future.”Student at George Washington University Business School, USA
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