Typography Foundations Micro-Credential

UNBC digital courses

This micro-credential provides students with an understanding of contemporary typography and the skills required to create graphic designs for print and online production. Students learn how to effectively combine type and image to convey complex ideas, construct meanings, implied narratives, and emotions.

Topics include the anatomy of the letterform, distinctions between typefaces, shaping the page with type, and accessible content. Students will be introduced to contemporary graphic designers and their impact on visual communication and the written language. 

Micro-credential includes two courses:

  1. The Art of Type 
  2. Type and Image Studio 

Register at least two business days in advance of each course.

This stackable micro-credential can be applied towards the Continuing Studies certificate in Graphic Design & Visual Communication Skills as two qualifying courses.

What is a Micro-Credential

Micro-credentials are short, focused credentials that verify mastery of a skill or competency, and are designed to target high-demand skills, leading to faster hiring.

Micro-credentials are awarded in a digital form, which is verified, secure and shareable with peers, employers and educational providers.

Micro-credentials are not for university degree credit.

Working with Your OCAD U Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas.

Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Login at canvas.ocadu.ca

Contact continuingstudies@ocadu.ca for assistance using your Canvas account.

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  • Students must complete the two qualifying courses within twelve months. 
  • Students must submit the online micro-credential request form along with the administrative fee to obtain the micro-credential and digital badge.
  • Instructors assess the student's work and issue a grade of pass or fail.
  • Students must receive a passing grade in the course, for the course to qualify for the micro-credential.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the differences between letterforms to enable them to choose suitable typefaces for a variety of graphic design solutions
  • Classify type in order to compare the differences between typefaces
  • Demonstrate an ability to recognize and pair typefaces
  • Recognize basic typographic anatomy, and traditional and contemporary typefaces
  • Strengthen the quality of their type and image-based art and design work
  • Work with collage materials and traditional media to produce artworks that combine type and images
  • Create graphic designs for print and online production using Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe InDesign
  • Understand best practices and opportunities of inclusive graphic design

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Regular access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, high speed broadband internet connection, and a digital camera or smartphone is required.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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