Module Provider: Typography
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Geoff Wyeth

Email: g.m.wyeth@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Investigation of letterpress printing through historical and theoretical study and practical application

To develop skills in letterpress printing through the exploration of the Pantone system of creating spot colours

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the students should be able to:
•produce a series of printed examples demonstrating accurate registration and consistent ink coverage
•plan and execute design solutions derived from the possibilities and limitations of print production
•print, assess and match spot colours on a range of papers
•identify and appraise historical and present day examples of spot-colour printing

Additional outcomes:
By the end of the module the students should be able to:
•explain when spot colours should be specified
•create bespoke spot colours and mix spot colours to professional standards
•create and specify designs which involve the overprinting of spot colours

Outline content:
Students will develop practical letterpress printing skills through exploration of the Pantone system of creating spot colours. Basic skills will be developed through workshops covering subjects such as:
• workshop health and safety
• working with historic presses
• letterpress make-ready techniques
• working with wood letter
• the pantone colour matching system
• ink and how it reacts with different paper types
Students will engage with historic and present day examples of spot-colour printing in seminars before exploring the possibilities of spot-colour printing through a self-directed letterpress printing project.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will undertake a self-directed letterpress printing project, supported by demonstrations and workshops, and seminar discussions of historical and contemporary examples of spot-colour printing. Individual tutorials and group seminars are scheduled to monitor and support work in progress. Initially students working in groups will repeat demonstrations and evaluate the results before working individually to develop their skills and apply these to the project.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Supervised time in studio/workshop 6
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A single practical project and accompanying report are submitted for summative assessment in summer term. Marking and moderating will take into account the banded percentage awarded at the formative assessment stage (see below) and any additional work the student has undertaken prior to resubmission. If a proportion of the mark is awarded for participation, or meeting interim deadlines, this cannot be improved at resubmission stage.

Formative assessment methods:
Coursework is submitted for formative assessment at the end of the term in which the module was taken. Work is initially assigned a banded percentage which, with the associated verbal or written feedback, will provide guidance for students as to how to improve or rework their project for final submission in summer term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of a new practical project by an August/September date to be notified.

    Last updated: 23 November 2016

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