Core Studio Typography
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Communication Design
Course Number: PUCD 2025
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Design
Typography is language made visible. This first-semester Sophomore requirement introduces students to the history and current practice of type in all areas of communication design: from the simplest publication to the most advanced information graphics and screen-based interactive media. Students will learn to see, understand, and manipulate the visual aspect of language as a powerful communicative tool. This class will teach students an understanding of the properties of typefaces, their context and how typography helps readers read and navigate a text. The class will investigate letterform structure and type classification systems, typographic terminology, history of type and printing, principles of spacing, use of typographic contrast in composition, legibility, hierarchy, and typographic form as a tool for expression and communication.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions, Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Communication Design majors, sophomores only. Pre-requisite: PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging. Co-requisite: PUCD 2026 Core Lab Typography.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Communication Design students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.