Open day 2023

Jurgen Persijn, tutor Expert class Book design

Are you professionally active, but do you want to continue to develop within the graphic field? Or do you want to master a new skill?

The Plantin Institute of Typography offers a practical course where you learn how to design type under the roof of the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp. This Expert class Type design comprises ten daylong sessions, divided over a period of three quarters of a year. This practicum, given on Wednesday, is one of a kind and attracts an international audience of type designers.

We organize the Expert class Book design on Friday. Here you will research different methods to arrive at a well navigable and pleasantly readable book. This online course begin in December 2023.

In our Summer school, organised at the end of August 2023, you learn to take a critical look at typography.

And then there are our short modules. In June, Dr. Joran Proot will be giving a new course on the Typographical evolution in books from the period 1450-1800. In November and December, the renowned specialist Dr. John A. Lane will be giving his classes on the History of printing types for the last time. Both of these courses are hybrid, meaning you can attend them either online or on-site at our classroom in Antwerp.

For Dutch-speaking students and professionals we organise a two-year postgraduate course with lectures on Saturdays. The topics range from publishing to book science and from font technology to editorial design. All lectures can also be taken separately as a short module. More about this on our Dutch website.

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The open day of the Plantin Institute will take place on Saturday 13 May 2023 and this is the perfect opportunity to inform you about the range of courses on offer. There is a teacher present to answer all your questions, you can view some of the teaching materials and the graduation work of our practicals. We will show you how we combine on-site and remote lessons.

This year’s edition will be held in two sessions, at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. You can also participate in the sessions via Zoom.

Lecturer: Dr. Frank E. Blokland will answer questions via Zoom.

Enthusiastic? Register with an email to

Is this date not suitable for you? We repeat the Open Day on June 24, with sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Or we can make an appointment for an extra session, in our classroom in the Museum or via Zoom.


If you understand Dutch, you can stay afterwards for the TypoCafé organized by our alumni organization Initiaal.
This event will be held at De Studio, Maarschalk Gérardstraat 4, in Antwerp, and starts at 2:30 p.m.
You can listen to Bram Antheunis (Coupee Collage Collective), Nicolas Deslé (kinetic typography), Liza Enebeis (Studio Dunbar/DEPT®, known for, and Bas Jacobs (Underware).
During the breaks, you can talk in the café with alumni who have completed our courses.

Register for this event (12 euro) on the Initiaal website.