MA Typeface Design
Course Director: Gerry Leonidas
This course includes a significant practical element, equipping you with the skills to design and produce your own typefaces. You are also provided with a thorough grounding in principles and methods through studying historical and theoretical issues of typeface design.
There are three main components:
- Practical typeface design
- Principles and applications
Practical typeface design
You work on the design of an original typeface family and develop OpenType fonts to a standard equivalent to commercial products. There is the opportunity to engage in non-Latin typeface design; past projects included Arabic, Amharic, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Tamil, and Tibetan.
Principles and applications
You develop your knowledge and theoretical background to underpin the practical work through lectures, seminars, directed reading, and student presentations. These cover topics such as recent typesetting techniques, production issues for digital typefaces, legibility research and typeface copyright.
You choose a topic in consultation with staff that involves researching an historical or theoretical area of typeface design, leading to a written study of between 10,000 and 13,000 words.
Teaching and learning
You are taught by a core team of Departmental staff which is complemented by other Departmental staff and an international range of visiting professionals and academics. In the past these have included Victor Gaultney, Thomas Phinney, Sumner Stone, Peter Bil'ak, Frantisek Storm, Albert-Jan Pool, Fred Smeijers, John Downer, and others.
You are generally taught in small groups in an informal and relaxed environment.