At this college we use InDesign CS2 on Apple Mac with Operating System 10. The classes take the form of demonstrations and exercises that you will be able to recreate. You will then have plenty of time to develop these exercises to incorporate your own creative style. As you progress you will learn to incorporate your skills into ready for press digital files.
What does the course involve?
The first term focuses mainly on the basic skills of using InDesign. These include the basic principles of publication design, typography, printing, and computer applications in publishing. In term two with the introduction of more complex projects you will learn about planning, work flow, and preparing your file for print. As you progress you will learn to make informed decisions on design and workflow. The course will focus on several publishing formats including newsletters, magazines, promotional materials and books.
How much should I study outside class?
You will be expected to plan and research the publication project outside class
How is the course assessed?
The exercises set each week will be monitored to assess understanding and your course project, sketches and research will be assessed every few weeks. There will be a formal assessment and written test at the end of the second term to determine achievement.
What books and equipment do I need?
A notebook/sketchbook and pen and pencil are expected of every student each week. There are worksheet handouts provided each week online but it is essential that you take additional notes, as it can slow down your work rate if you don’t have your own notes to refer to.
Having access to your own computer and InDesign is strongly recommended but not a requirement.