VPA105 Typography and Publishing (8)


This subject will introduce the history, principles and applications of typography as a means of expression and communication. It will also examine the relationship between type and image within the context of both print and web. Students will explore page structure and the use of grids within single and double page print layouts as well as multiple web page layouts, beginning to build an appreciation of related production processes.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA105
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have successfully completed GRP115.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify a variety of typefaces and have an understanding of their associated history, principles and applications
  • be able to demonstrate a critical approach to font selection for different applications
  • be able to understand and demonstrate the principles of designing with type and image
  • be able to employ grids to design a variety of print and web page layouts
  • be able to demonstrate a critical approach to a variety of page layouts and information
  • be able to work independently on digital design briefs


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to type: history, principles and applications
  • Selection of typefaces and their relationship to content, imagery, colour and context
  • Introduction to layouts and grids: print and web
  • Introduction to hierarchy (visual and information), readability and legibility and their roles in the design solution
  • Introduction to scanning, file sizes, formats and colour spaces (CMYK, RGB and web safe)
  • Introduction to production processes


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.