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Special Purpose Award in Traditional Signwriting

The Lifelong Learning Department of GMIT Mayo is offering this 10-credit 26-week module (September 2018)

Module Aims: 

This module is a practical introduction to the craft of traditional signwriting and hand-lettering, aimed at life-long learners.

It is designed to develop skills that are applicable in commercial and community contexts.

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of this module, you will/should;

  1. Have the ability to design traditional painted signs, chalkboards and other hand-lettered projects.
  2. Have the technical competence to paint and write traditional signs, chalkboards and other hand-lettering projects.
  3. Be able to catalogue a body of work and demonstrate project documentation skills.
  4. Have a basic understanding of the essentials of design and lettering.
  5. Develop your professional working practices in the producton and presentation of sign and lettering projects.

Syllabus: 

You will learn about the following:

  1. Letters: development of the alphabet and typography; legibility; methods of drawing letters; weight, style and spacing.
  2. Drawing: geometrical drawing; preparing full-size drawings; heraldry.
  3. Colour: the colour wheel, the Munsell colour system; the British standard colour chart; colour and legibility.
  4. Coatings: composition; mediums, thinners, pigments, driers; handling and storage.
  5. Signwriting: tools, their use and care; the signwriting process; brush control and the mahlstick; writing signs on wood, render and glass.
  6. Chalkboard projects: setting out, chalks, soft pastels and wet-wipe markers.
  7. Costing sign, chalkboard and hand-lettering projects and presenting quotations, specifications and drawings.
  8. Presentation of sign and other hand-lettering projects, including on social media.

A complete list of materials and equipment required by the students for this module will be provided prior to the commencement of the course.

Entry Requirements: 

There are no entry requirements for this Special Purpose Award

Fee: 

The cost of this module is €540. 

An instalment plan is avalable on request from the Lifelong Learning Office (094-9043156 or LLLMayo@gmit.ie).

Discipline: Creative Arts and Media

Programme Code: 

DESI 06026

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 6

Category: Part-time Accredited

Contact: 

John Mulloy

Email: John.Mulloy@gmit.ie

or

GMIT Mayo Lifelong Learning Office

Tel: 094-9043156

Email: LLLMayo@gmit.ie

Places: 24

Programme Duration: 30 Weeks