Generative Typography

MICA Course Syllabus

Course Identification

Facilitator Information

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Course Description

Students explore the overlap of graphic design and code in this course. Basic typographic principles such as hierarchy, form and counterform, texture, and grid are explored through computation. Code-driven aesthetics such as plotting, randomization, repetition are explored to generate typographic form.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Structure/Format

This is a traditional 15-week semester course with 5 and a half hours of instruction per class. Class is divided into two categories, coding (2 hours) and theory (2 hour and 30 minutes). Coding consists of code workshop, presentation and critique. Theory consists of reading and discussions. will serve as the course's website.

Materials & Costs

Readings will be provided by the teacher and accessible via the course website.

Equipment and materials:


For online sessions students are expected to be present and to participate in discussions and critique. We will occasionally use the breakout room feature to facilitate discussions in small groups. Students who are unable to make class will be evaluated on their submissions after interacting with the material separately. If you are unable to make it to a class please notify the facilitator.


Assignments and projects are due at the start of each class. All weekly assignments can be reattempted and resubmitted for full marks. Grades and feedback will be entered into Canvas. The work will be graded along the following technical lines, to ensure code is readable and structured well while taking into account the artist's intent:


Assignments will be graded along the 4-point scale of 4 to 1.

25% Class Participation (Sketching, Discussions, and Presentations)
25% Weekly Assignments
25% Midterm Project
25% Final Project


Schedule is subject to change as the course progresses. Detailed descriptions on each project and course will be provided in class and uploaded to the course website.

MICA's Academic Policy Statements

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Academic Disability Accommodations (ADA)

MICA makes reasonable academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. All academic accommodations must be approved through the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Students requesting accommodation should schedule an appointment at the LRC (call 410-225-2416 or e-mail, located in Bunting 110. It is the student’s responsibility to make an accommodation request in a timely manner. Academic accommodations are not retroactive.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

Students are responsible to follow health and safety guidelines relevant to their individual activities, processes, and to review MICA’s Emergency Operations Plan and attend EHS training. Students are required to purchase personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for their major or class. Those students who do not have the proper personal protection equipment will not be permitted to attend class until safe measures and personal protection are in place.


Each discipline within the arts has specific and appropriate means for students to cite or acknowledge sources and the ideas and material of others used in their own work. Students have the responsibility to become familiar with such processes and to carefully follow their use in developing original work.


MICA will not tolerate plagiarism, which is defined as claiming authorship of, or using someone else’s ideas or work without proper acknowledgement. Without proper attribution, a student may NOT replicate another’s work, paraphrase another’s ideas, or appropriate images in a manner that violates the specific rules against plagiarism in the student’s department. In addition, students may not submit the same work for credit in more than one course without the explicit approval of all of the instructors of the courses involved.


When an instructor has evidence that a student has plagiarized work submitted for course credit, the instructor will confront the student and impose penalties that may include failing the course. In the case of a serious violation or repeated infractions from the same student, the instructor will report the infractions to the department chair or program director. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the department chair or program director may then report the student to the appropriate dean or provost, who may choose to impose further penalties, including expulsion.

Appeal Process

Students who are penalized by an instructor or department for committing plagiarism have the right to appeal the charge and penalties that ensue. Within three weeks of institutional action, the student must submit a letter of appeal to the department chairperson or program director, or relevant dean or provost related to the course for which actions were taken. The academic officer will assign three members of the relevant department/division to serve on a review panel. The panel will meet with the student and the instructor of record and will review all relevant and available materials. The panel will determine whether or not to confirm the charge and penalties. The findings of the panel are final. The panel will notify the instructor, the chairperson, division, the student, and the Office of Academic Affairs of their findings and any recommendations for change in penalties.

Title IX Notification

Maryland Institute College of Art seeks to provide an educational environment based on mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender (which includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression) is a civil rights offense subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, color, religion, age, status as a person with a disability, veteran’s status, or genetic information. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you are encouraged to report it through the Incident Report Form. The MICA Incident Reporting Flowchart indicates the process by which reports are addressed.

Students requiring academic adjustments due to an incident involving sexual harassment or discrimination should contact Student Affairs at 410-225-2422 or Human Resources at 410-225-2363. Keeping with institutional commitments to equity and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, faculty and staff members are required to report disclosures of gender based discrimination made to them by students. However, nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or MICA’s educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and discriminatory harassment do not extend to actions, statements, or written materials that are relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or academic discussion.

Students with Extended Illness or Absence

In the case of extended illness or other absences that may keep the student from attending a class for more than three meetings, undergraduate students must contact the Student Development Specialist in the Division of Student Affairs or have an official disability accommodation letter issued by the Learning Resource Center that specifically addresses class absences. For students who have not been approved for academic disability accommodations, the Student Development Specialist will work with the student to determine the cause and appropriateness of the absences and subsequently notify instructors as necessary.

Graduate students must contact the instructor, director, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Students in professional studies programs must contact the Associate Dean for Open Studies. The appropriate administrator will facilitate a conversation with relevant faculty to determine whether the student can achieve satisfactory academic progress, which is ultimately at the sole discretion of the faculty member.