TypeParis will it be taught in English?
The programme will be taught in English, but the French instructors will be happy to speak in French to participants in certain occasions.
When I can apply to TypeParis23?
The #typeparis23 summer programme should take place between 6 June 2023 and 13 July 2023. To don’t miss the 14 March 2023 application deadline, subscribe to our mailing list! Usually, we inform the selected attendees less than a week after. In 2022, the € 4900 tuition-fees covered the #typeparis22 summer programme, complimentary licenses of type design applications, graphic design equipment and related visits for 5 weeks. While waiting for the opening of the application period on the TypeParis23 website, check our page about Covid-19.
What are the requested elements to apply to the 6-week typeface design programme?
Please follow the instructions as listed on the Programme/Application Materials section when launched. You will have to prepare a A4 sized PDF named that is no larger than 10 MB. If you’re not sure about your portfolio, please send it by advance, we will be happy to share some advice.
The PDF needs to include the following two sections: ➽ Portfolio No more than twelve graphic/typographic design projects (the limit is 12 pages). These should demonstrate your proficiency in graphic design, typography, lettering and some knowledge of Béziers curves! If a project involves other people please state your role. ➽ Curriculum-résumé as additional page (to the 12 pages above for your portfolio) about your background, including any specific courses or workshops you’ve undertaken; which software applications you are proficient with (at least Adobe Illustrator); and any traditional techniques or skills such as calligraphy and lettering if you have some knowledge of them. Finally, the online form ask you to write 250 words (maximum) describing your interest (and experience is a plus) in typeface design and lettering. This will help the jury to learn more about you and your motivation.
During the pre-registration process, can I send a link to my portfolio online instead what described above?
No. Please follow the instructions as listed on the Programme/Application Materials section when launched.
Can I register in the TypeParis programme without any undergraduate degree?
No prior degree necessary. However, previous studies or knowledges in graphic design or typeface will be considered a plus during the selection process.
Do I already need to have acquired specific skills with some computer softwares?
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is recommended, particularly vector drawing (as with Illustrator’s pen tool). Knowledge of Glyphs (oor Robofont or FontLab) is a plus.
If I already have experience designing typefaces, am I overqualified for the programme?
Not at all. We encourage appliants with previous experience or the ones who followed workshops, type design classes. Even if some materials can seem familiar to you, it’s also the opportunity of learn an other approach of design process.
How long is the programme and how much time will be spent in class?
The TypeParis programme will last during 5 intensive weeks comprising of 160 in-class hours. Classes meet from 9:00 to 20:00/20:30 in two separate 4 hours sessions, with open studio time in between. You have two days off during the week: Saturday and Sunday. Instructors will deliver 340 hours of instruction during the 6 weeks.
How many people will be admitted into this programme?
TypeParis will accept around ~16 attendees. Because small team means a closer individual proximity with intsructors/international guests, and also a precious help in developing attendees’ skill levels. The instructors converse daily to keep everyone in the loop and re-adjust each person based on our observations. For most of the sessions, two instructors will be present on the class.
Should I expect to spend time to working, once out of the classroom?
All this may vary depending your skills and experience. Overall though this investment we can estimate around 10 to 20 extra hours every week.
How will TypeParis attendees be evaluated?
We expect from each attendee to working with envy, to be involved and to demonstrate its understanding of the concepts taught in this programme. The work of each attendee will be evaluated weekly by an invited expert in type design. The attendee’s typeface will be evaluated at the end of the programme during which a final presentation + jury will determine the obtention of the “TypeParis” Certificate.
“With distinction” recognises students with a particularly high quality of work.
Which materials and software do I need to supply to attend courses?
Just bring your laptop, generally a recent Apple Macbook running a no older than two years old Mac OS is fine to run font design applications and typical graphic design applications.
We will provide (included in the tuition fee) type design apps complimentary license for 5 weeks, along specific set graphic design equipement as well paper, tracing paper to each attendee. You will indeed have access to fast Internet as well a laser printer with the necessary paper for your everyday needs.
You also will received the official TypeParis T-shirt of the year, a totebag, full of typeface specimens, goodies and so on.
In which area of Paris, TypeParis is located?
Accommodation cost isn’t included on the price. You have to find by yourself the place to stay in Paris.
What about if I’m not a French or a resident participant?
This programme treats all applicants equally regardless of residency. TypeParis will not qualify attendees for International attendees visas and is not able to assist you in getting a travel visa of any kind. We therefore ask you to read with the highest attention the government guidelines for visas to the France. More here.
Authorized Covid-19 vaccines in Europe
Our instructors are vaccinated, and we ask the participants for a proof of vaccination against Covid-19 authorized in Europe. With the current available information, we observe the social distancing between the participants during our classes. We recommend to wash hands often as well wearing mask.
More details for foreigners on France Diplomacy website. On July 1st 2021, Digital Green Certificate will be effective in Europe for border crossing, it will facilitate coming to France. For reference, the French Anti-Covid app allows to keep proof of vaccination.
If you want to have a quick look at the opening of France from your country, this interactive map is well done. Of course check with the embassy website and the latest official information. Check our page about Covid-19 for last update.
My company would like to be a sponsor or partner!
We are looking for sponsors, it help to make the talks free with international speakers. We invite ten speakers by year. We’re the most reputed type related event in Paris. We have various sponsorship levels and good opportunities to promote your products and activities. Check our dedicated pdf and fee free to contact us. See in addition, see partners pdf.
How I can help as volunter for free tptalks?
You will be welcome for your help the free tptalks we organize during the summer. Just contact us using #typeparis22 volunter in the subject line.
Do you offer internship positions?
To be in full immersion of the annual summer programme! We’re looking for help for the global organisation: #tptalks23 and #typeparis23. ➽ Capacities: Serious, well organized, absolutely passionate about typography and type design.
➽ Submit your application to our email using #typeparis23 internship in the subject line. In past we enjoyed the company of current students from various (design and type) parisian schools. English basic is a requirement if you’re French (si vous arrivez à lire jusque là, c’est bon signe). If you’re from abroad, it will be better if you speak a bit of French but not a requirement.
Proﬁciency on Adobe Creative Could applications as well Apple tools, Mailchimp to produce #typeparis22 graphic design material, community management, TPTalks evenings and others social events related. Very basic knowledge of video editing will help. We’re looking for someone not shy as this young talent will be in contact of speakers, attendees and the rest of TypeParis team on a regular basis. In addition, you will participate of the life of Typofonderie.
Internship located at Typofonderie + Intuit.Lab from 8 May to 13 July 2023. To be intern doesn’t mean that you will be part of the #typeparis23 programme, meanwhile occasionally, you may join TypeParis attendees for specific visits and workshops. It’s a paid internship + typographic related bonus.
The TypeParis logotype is set in Astronef Super.
For the year 2022 it was #typeparis22. The talks official hashtag for 2022 is #tptalks22.
For the year 2021 it was #typeparis21. The talks official hashtag for 2021 is #tptalks21.
For the year 2020 it was #typeparis20. The talks official hashtag for 2020 is #tptalks20. For the year 2019 it was #typeparis19. The talks official hashtag for 2019 was #tptalks19. For the year 2018 it was #typeparis18. The talks official hashtag for 2018 was #tptalks18. For the year 2017 it was #typeparis17. The talks official hashtag for 2017 was #tptalks17. For the year 2016 it was #typeparis16. The talks official hashtag for 2016 was #tptalks16.For the first year in 2015 it was #typeparis15. The talks official hashtag for 2015 was #tptalks15.