Master's degree in typeface design - where to go?

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  • Hello everybody, I’m happy to announce a new master degree in Type Design and Typography in Spain, of which I’m the pleasure to be the co-director together with Iñigo Jerez Quintana. It will be held at the Elisava Design School in Barcelona. We gave it the name of “Master in Typographic Creation”. Our aim is to emphasize the role of typography as an essential axis of the graphic design profession and its ability to articulate this profession from a rigorous, creative, open and always evolving perspective. To achieve that, the MTC is articulated through different formats and from multiple perspectives: Type Design, Lettering, motion, history, macro typography, tools… We welcome students abroad, but they should have a good level or comprehension in Spanish. If we get the students we need, we will start in September 2018. Thank you! I invite to have a look at the website and share it if you like. http://graphic.elisava.net/en/mct/
  • @Laura Meseguer
    Great news! The website looks so inviting! I wish I spoke Spanish :(
  • During Typo Labs 2018 Maciej Połczyński announced that there is a “Type and Tech” master degree program in English starting this fall at the Polish-Japanese Academy
    of Information Technology Warsaw.
  • Well, there's another one on Argentina, http://www.fadu.uba.ar/post/357-maestra-en-tipografa-mt

    I've studied there a couple of years ago, and there was two of the best years in my life. 
    And you'll have the pleasure (and the adventure) of living in Buenos Aires.
  • Daniel Leh you are welcome, the most of the teachers speak English :) 
  • Well, there's another one on Argentina, http://www.fadu.uba.ar/post/357-maestra-en-tipografa-mt

    I've studied there a couple of years ago, and there was two of the best years in my life. 
    And you'll have the pleasure (and the adventure) of living in Buenos Aires.

    Alfonso, is the education given only in Spanish, or English as well? What level of Spanish do you need to make the most of the education?
  • @Anders Næss Sorry to answear so late. Yes, It's on spanish, and I think you need a quite good level if you want to get the whole of it. There were some brazilians that have a couple of issues, most of it on the written projects. But as I saw with them, I would say the teachers will help you the best they could. 


  • "You can go to Reading, or you can go to Writing."
  • I wish some people from Prague's UMPRUM would raise their heads. My last impression sums on this talk https://www.typotalks.com/videos/umprum-variable-fonts/
  • AbiRasheedAbiRasheed Posts: 183
    edited October 2018
    If you're in NY, coopertype's extended program is supposed to be pretty good. I've seen guys go in there with little to no experience and come out with some crazy shit.
  • If you're in NY, coopertype's extended program is supposed to be pretty good. I've seen guys go in there with little to no experience and come out with some crazy shit.
    I think [email protected] is likely the one with the highest barrier to entry: not just finding a way to live in one of the world's most expensive cities but doing so while doing a pretty intense course (i.e. you're not going to have time to freelance on the side), not to mention that you've got to have a pretty excellent portfolio to get in.
  • AyeshaSohailAyeshaSohail Posts: 1
    Hello all! I came across this forum and this is exactly what I needed to know. I am from Pakistan and there's no formal education in Type Design or typography in Pakistan. It is only treated as an elective here. I am super passionate about learning about the process of type design in depth. I'm researching for masters programs that I could apply for, the 2020 session. I came across ECAL masters in Type Design and have kind of gotten stuck to it. Please suggest how to go about this. I've also found out how expensive living in Switzerland is. Are there any grants that I could look for that would perhaps cover my living costs?? I really am looking forward to reviews on the ECAL masters. Help!!! 
  • Hrant H. PapazianHrant H. Papazian Posts: 1,528
    Good luck!

    BTW especially coming from a culture that uses a non-Latin script, be careful to choose a school that doesn't treat Latin too centrally.
  • Thomas PhinneyThomas Phinney Posts: 1,584
    What Hrant said. That might be an extra reason to especially consider the University of Reading MA in Type Design (MATD).
  • Hrant H. PapazianHrant H. Papazian Posts: 1,528
    edited June 3
    Reading is awesome (although possibly too expensive). One great thing about ECAL is that they actually take non-Latin quite seriously. Last year for example they chose to focus on Armenian (and I was fortunate to be commissioned to help all the students with general guidance and detailed feedback).
  • María RamosMaría Ramos Posts: 75
    Hi @AyeshaSohail! There are several options you can consider for studying typeface design in Europe. ECAL (Switzerland), ESADtype (France, http://postdiplome.esad-amiens.fr/), Reading (UK, http://typefacedesign.net/), KABK (The Netherlands, https://www.kabk.nl/opleidingen/master/type-en-media). I would say those are the most prestigious ones. There are some others like tipo.g (Spain, https://tipo-g.com/) you may need some knowledge of Spanish for that one. I would consider all the options first, all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Think which one fits better with what you are looking for. Good luck in your search!
  • Dyana WeissmanDyana Weissman Posts: 278
    edited June 4
    Hi @AyeshaSohail, I wish I knew more about grants, alas I do not. But I do know there's another program that I don't think has been mentioned yet in this thread. Type West at Letterform Archive is another great option. Here's a link for more information about their postgraduate certificate program in type design: https://letterformarchive.org/education/
    Applications are now open for 2019–20 and will close at midnight, June 30, 2019. Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions about the program. 
  • Hrant H. PapazianHrant H. Papazian Posts: 1,528
    It's indeed great to see Doreuli added to the faculty.
    (And Grendl is no slouch when it comes to the craft of printing.)
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