The role of typography at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon

The Diplôme National d’Arts et Techniques (DNAT) (second and third year)

The teaching of typography – considered a foundation of graphic design – is an important (but not exclusive) part of theoretical and practical teaching. Typography is considered from the standpoint of design and detail (micro-typography) and its use in typesetting (macro-typography).

The goal of teaching type design is not to train students to become specialists, but rather to enable them to develop a certain acumen by making them aware of aesthetic, historical and technical typographical choices.

Students attend workshops that focus on the history and current state of typography (typesetting and character design) and book design.

The aim of teaching the use of typography (typesetting and its principles, ortho-typographic conventions, the history of layout) is to give students the genuine ability to make choices when implementing this material with an eye to a contemporary perspectives on editorial design, whether via traditional or new media.

The Design Master (fourth and fifth years)

The teaching of typography with the Diplôme National d’Arts et Techniques (DNAT). In addition to working on their own projects, students attend workshops that focus on the history and current state of typography (typesetting and character design) and book design.

One of these workshops led to the publication of Architecture & Typographie (in collaboration with the école européenne supérieure d'art de Bretagne (Rennes) and the preparation, organisation and communication of Viewpoints: Forms of Contemporary Publishing an event held at the Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon in May 2010; this event was co-organised with art schools in Valence, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne.