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Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks


This course introduces students to the world of Adobe InDesign. Students will get an insight into what it is like working in the digital media and print design industry. Over 10 modules, students will learn everything from absolute basics like navigating InDesign to performing complex tasks like creating page layouts, applying interesting effects, and even making documents interactive. The course contains guided tutorials, do-it-yourself projects, and great resources that will help students practice and learn how to work in InDesign.

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Course Requirements

Please read the system requirements before signing up for this course. Chrome OS doesn’t allow any third-party installations onto their laptops. A chromebook cannot be used for this course.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 1: Working in the Design Industry Part I

  • Understand the Adobe Creative Suite and the role of the various applications.
  • Determine whether the content is relevant to the purpose, audience, and audience needs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for communicating about design plans with peers and clients.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.
  • Determine the type of copyright permissions and licensing required to use specific content.

Module 2: Working in the Design Industry Part II

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terms related to publication and multi-page layouts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how color is created in publications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of elements and principles of design and common design techniques.
  • Identify and use common typographic adjustments to create contrast, hierarchy, and enhanced readability.
  • Define common photographic/cinematic composition terms and principles.

Module 3: Project Setup and Interface Part I

  • Create a document with appropriate settings for web, print, and mobile.
  • Identify and manipulate elements of the InDesign interface.
  • Navigate, organize, and customize the application workspace.
  • Navigate a document.
  • Use rulers, grids, guides, views, and modes to work efficiently.

Module 4: Project Setup and Interface Part II

  • Import assets into a project.
  • Manage colors, swatches, and swatch libraries.
  • Create and customize gradients.
  • Manage paragraph, character, and object styles.

Module 5: Organizing Documents

  • Use the Layers panel to modify layers.
  • Employ best practices to effectively manage multiple layers and complex projects.
  • Modify layer visibility and printability.
  • Create pages in a document.
  • Edit and customize pages.

Module 6: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part I

  • Use core tools and features to lay out visual elements.
  • Use a variety of type tools to add typography to a design.
  • Use appropriate character and paragraph settings in a design.
  • Convert text to graphics and manage text flow across multiple text areas.
  • Use tools to add special characters or content.

Module 7: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part II

  • Make selections using a variety of tools.
  • Modify and refine selections using various methods.
  • Modify frames and frame content.
  • Rotate, flip, and transform individual frames or content.

Module 8: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part III

  • Use various tools and auto-correction methods to repair project content.
  • Use the Story Editor to edit the text within a project.
  • Use effects to modify images or frames.
  • Create, edit, and save object styles.

Module 9: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part IV

  • Add interactive elements and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to embed rich-media objects.
  • Identify and assign triggers for multimedia assets.
  • Create a table to display data.
  • Edit tables and cells.

Module 10: Publishing Digital Media

  • Prepare documents for publishing to the web, print, and other digital devices.
  • Save in the native file format for InDesign (.indd).
  • Save in appropriate formats for print or screen.
  • Print proof copies before publishing.
  • Package an InDesign project.
  • Understand the structure and test prep necessary for the ACA InDesign Certification Exam.


Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Please read the system requirements before enrolling!

Meets ICT and art graduation requirements.


  • Design Industry
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the digital design industry and its tools by explaining what Adobe Creative Suite encompasses, summarizing project management, defining copyrights and describing how visuals are used in Adobe InDesign.
  • InDesign Interface
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of InDesign interface and applications by explaining the creation process, editing functions, and applying visual design applications to a digital design.
  • Organizing, Creating & Modifying Visual Elements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to organize, create, and modify visual elements in InDesign by explaining the layers and frames functions and evaluating the use of layers, frames and characters effects on the final digital graphic.
  • Editing Visual Elements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to edit visual elements in InDesign by using the editing tools, applying the interactive elements, and reviewing and publishing a graphic design.



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