Short Course Online

Typography (Online)

Royal College of Art

8 days
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Develop your typographic expertise in an open and experimental online environment, under the expert guidance of Adrian Shaughnessy and other tutors.


Typography is part science and part art and a failure to understand this can result in mediocre typographic expression at best or miscommunication at worst.

This course aims to provide you with the core principles of typography (the science) but also to inspire you to develop your typographic expression in the process (the art).


This course will be most beneficial for:

  • Graphic design students
  • Recent graduates who wish to improve their typography skills and knowledge
  • Professionals working in publishing, advertising and communication
  • Prospective graphic design/visual communication students
  • Anyone seeking an opportunity to experiment without professional constraint

Programme Structure

This course is delivered online, through live learning with self-directed work undertaken by participants between sessions. The course will run over four weeks, with two two-hour sessions each week.


Adrian Shaughnessy, Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 days
    • 4 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Fully structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

It is preferable for participants to:

  • have an undergraduate degree in a design or a demonstrably creative background
  • be familiar with some of the industry-standard software packages (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, FontLab, Glyphs, etc)
  • use a desktop computer or laptop
  • have a basic understanding of typography
Participants must be 18 years or over and have a good level of English language proficiency.

Tuition Fee


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Typography (Online)
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