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Graphic design: typography and semantics 1 15 credits

Grafisk design: typografi, språket och formen 1
First cycle, D0033A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Graphic Design
Subject group (SCB)
Media Production
Main field of study
Graphic Design

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completed course, the course participant is expected to demonstrate a basic:

Knowledge and understanding 
1 understanding of the field of graphic design, with a focus on theoretical and practical knowledge of typography from an artistic and communicative perspective
2 understanding of methods and processes for typography
3 knowledge of aesthetic, semantic, semiotic and communicative principles for form, technology and content in graphic design
4 understanding of the connection between text and image
5 Understanding of normcritical perspectives in the typographic field both through knowledge of typographic history and contemporary design

Skill and ability 
6 Ability to identify, formulate and solve design problems
7 Ability to implement written and oral theories of communication, mainly regarding language forms and narratives
8 Ability to visualize and motivate norm-creative insights

9 Ability to make assessments with regard to relevant social, artistic and ethical aspects
10 Ability to independently plan, design and execute a graphic production within given time frames

The course deals with basic theory in graphic design with a focus on typography from a historical and contemporary perspective. Basic theory for the design of typography, linked to aesthetics, semantics, semiotics, message and function. Artistic design and visual cultures from a historical and contemporary perspective.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course elements integrate theoretical, formative and practical perspectives. The teaching takes place in the form of lectures and studio work interspersed with independent work in visual design. In the course, you practice oral, written and visual communication skills through the course's show and tell exercises, and practice both independently and in collaboration with others to plan and implement design projects.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined individually through visual, oral and written examinations with grade levels U and G.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETKS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Johan Wallerström

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2022 Sp 1
Simon Garfield (2012) Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, ISBN: 9781592407460
John Kane (2011) A Type Primer, ISBN: 9781856696449

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0007Oral and visual examination - Typography and semanticsU G#4.00MandatoryA21
0008Oral and visual examination - Image and semioticsU G#2.00MandatoryA21
0009Oral, written and visual examination - Typographic designU G#5.00MandatoryA21
0010Oral and written examination - Artistic writingU G#2.00MandatoryA21
0011Visual, oral and written examination - WorkbookU G#2.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 11 Feb 2022