Course Outline: What You Will Cover

A career in Graphics Design & Desktop Publishing can be very exciting for individuals with an eye for design. It brings technical ability and creative prowess to the fore. Sign up for the course and complete the modules below:

Course Units

1 Learning the Basics

  • Colour Theory
  • Computer Graphics History
  • Resolution
  • Postscript
  • Bit Depth and File Size

2 Tools and Workplace

  • Computer Hardware
  • Graphics Software
  • File Formats
  • How to Set Up a Studio
  • Selecting Appropriate Tools

3 Raw Materials

  • Graphics Tablet
  • Selecting Scanner
  • Scan Basics
  • Descreen & Black/White Point
  • Fundamentals of Digital Camera
  • Royalty-Free Images

4 Printing and Prepress

  • Troubleshooting Printer Issues
  • Remote Printing
  • Prepress
  • Linking and Embedding
  • Digital Printing
  • PDF or Portable Document Format

5 Digital Illustration

  • Bezier Curves
  • Objects and Grouping
  • Guide to Vector
  • Bitmap Essentials
  • Selections and Masks
  • Filters
  • Pixel Painting
  • Rasterising and Clipping Paths

6 Advanced Digital Illustration

  • Photographic Manipulation
  • Montage
  • Combining Pixel with Paths
  • Perspective and Shadows
  • How to Get Creative
  • Text as a Graphics
  • Realism

7 Design and Typography

  • Definition of Design
  • Legibility
  • Appropriateness
  • Professional Habits
  • Branding Typefaces and Fonts
  • Serif and Sanserif
  • Typographic Rules

8 Desktop Publishing

  • Page Layout
  • The Brief
  • Grads and Margins
  • Master Pages
  • Paragraphs and Text Styles
  • Graphics with Text
  • Order of Layout Pages
  • Copy fitting

9 Web Design

  • Web Graphics
  • Internet File Formats
  • Webpage Layout
  • HTML
  • Functionality
  • Web Design Software
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Navigation
  • Hyperlinks

10 Design and Marketing

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Salesmanship
  • Responsibility of Designers
  • Internet Marketing
  • Brand Advertising
  • Search Engines
  • Target Marketing

Career Prospects

Graphic designers and desktop publishers need to be imaginative and creative. They should understand form and colour and be able to use their artistic abilities to draw and design. They should also possess technical skills, particularly in using computers and design software. Employers also seek applicants with good communication skills, has the ability to work under pressure and able to meet deadlines.

You can work in an advertising agency or in any business firm that has a need for such service. There is also an option to establish a freelance career. Plenty of jobs exist in digital design companies and in-house print companies but the freelance sector is enjoying enormous growth too. Employment opportunities in this industry are on steady increase specifically for jobs in the digital medium.

Graphics Design & Desktop Publishing offers a challenging environment for skilled hands and creative minds. Prepare for a satisfying and rewarding career as a graphic designer or desktop publisher.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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