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Graphic Design BA (A), Graphic Design, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: GD009G
Subject/Main field: Grafisk design
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Media and Communication Science
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 3/14/2007
Date of change: 11/22/2014
Version valid from: 1/19/2015


The aim of the course is to:
Develop an awareness of basic graphic design theory from a communicative perspective.
Gain a working knowledge of common digital design tools and production workflow techniques.
Experience the conceptual and practical process behind developing design work for publishing.

Course objectives

After passing the course students shall
- be able to recognise and apply the ground principles of typography and layout.
- be able to operate common digital design tools.
- be able to identify and apply basic image theory
- have basic knowledge of production workflow
- have experience of producing design work for publishing.


Fundamental rules of layout and typography.
Principles of graphic design.
Composition rules and methodology.
Digital image development and manipulation.
Digital photography editing.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Examination form

An individual graphic assignment (printed matter) will be used to evaluate the student. To pass this course, the student must satisfactorily complete the “individual printed matter” as well as two assignments. Grading is based on the individual printed matter. The individual printed matter will be graded as to typography, layout, idea level, actual implementation, and the final result.

Assessment criteria for this subject can be found on

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Alexander W. White
Title: The Elements of Graphic Design
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Allworth Press, U.S

Author: Caplin Steve
Title: How to cheat in Photoshop CS6
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Focal Press

Reference literature

Author: Blackwell, Lewis
Title: 20th Century Type. Remix.
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

Author: Bringhurst, Robert
Title: The elements of Typographic Style
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Hartley & Marks

Author: Erik Spiekermann & E.M Ginger
Title: Stop Stealing Sheep & and find out how type works
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Adobe Press

Author: Rauri McLean
Title: The Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

Author: Timothy Samara
Title: Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Rockport Publishers

InDesign CS5x (Eng)
Photoshop CS5x (Eng)

Other information

Attendance is required at certain lectures and exercises, as well as at all seminars and critiques.

The course is given in English.