Play, Redefine, and Explore: Typography as Art Form (in person) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Play, Redefine, and Explore: Typography as Art Form (in person)

Learn the anatomy of typography and the role it plays in the history of graphic design and art movements, particularly English and Chinese typography and the Dada art movement.

Begin the course with a brief international history of graphic design with a focus on typography. Gain an understanding of the difference between traditional, contemporary and experimental typography. Understand typography design principles and elements (layout, proportion, color, scale, and hierarchy) and apply personal experiences and skill sets to create and express thoughts and voices through typography in composition. Learn through case studies of global graphic designers and typographers who work with experimental typography and mixed media exploration in both analog to digital techniques. Utilize different mediums and techniques inspired by the Dada art movements, such as collage or cut-up, ink, brush, and digital manipulation to open ways to experiment and explore playful typography as an art form with unique personal expression and voices. The instructor encourages students to think outside of the box and find innovative ways of making typography with playfulness. / Students will have access to the Adobe Creative Suite throughout the course.

Open to students ages 18 and above. Review complete policies, including class cancellation policies, before completing your registration.


Previous drawing experience is helpful, but not required. Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is required. Students should have an understanding of the interface, basic file and edit menus, file resolution and formats for different platforms, color profile, vector vs. bitmap, path creating with pen, pathfinder, tracing an image.

Required materials

Supplies for first class
Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; USB drive or cloud storage option for saving work.

Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software.

If students want to use Adobe Creative Cloud software at home, they will need a computer capable of running Adobe software.

Class resources
This class uses Adobe Creative Cloud, and Papercut, MCAD’s printing management system. Please see the links for more information.

Class Savings

Register on or before May 13 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.


Non-credit Tuition
Student Birthdate
  • Date:
  • Time:
    6:30-9:30 p.m. CST
  • Day(s) of the week:
  • Ages:
    Open to students ages 18 and above.
  • Term:
    Summer 24
  • Instructor: Wen-Li Chen
  • Location:
    In Person
  • SKU:
    CSDE 3603 01 SU24


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