Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


on successful completion of the course, the student will be able
—to analyse existing typefaces from a perspective informed by both theory as well technical knowledge of type design
—to select and articulate appropriate conceptual and technological approaches which are in line with their aesthetic and pragmatic intentions
—craft competent and proficient sets of letterforms with contemporary digital software
—present their work in imaginative, individual, and innovative ways

Credits: 6

Schedule: 05.09.2023 - 04.10.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuomas Kortteinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course aims to break down the rigid distinction between makers and users of typefaces (i.e. between specialist type designers vs. more generalist graphic designers), and instead works towards positioning type design as one among many forms of drawing. Students will engage with a number of briefs exploring different ways of making and arranging letters and letter shapes, both digital and analog. The results of these briefs will be compiled into a jointly designed type specimen, which will function as the final outcome of the course. The course will feature a group of guest lecturers and critics (TBA) who will provide students with multiple different ways of approaching and engaging with type design as a part of their practice

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum 80% attendance. See MyCourses for more detailed information on evaluations methods and criteria. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    6 ECTS ≈ 162h, of which 56 h contact teaching


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses: Sisu. 

    Priority order:

    1. Bachelor’s Programme in Art and Media degree students and exchange students
    2. Bachelor’s Programme in Design degree students
    3. Other ARTS students

    Minimum amount of participants: 8
    Maximum amount of participants varies according to the implementation of the course.