Topic: Desktop Publishing

“I did enjoy creating the magazine much more than I did any other assignment I had this whole semester.”


This course is a hands-on exploration of computer-assisted techniques of editing, design, graphic production, and layout of publications. The study will include magazines, newspapers, brochures, yearbooks, and other business publications. Lab fee required.


Students completing the study are expected to meet the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the pre-press environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of printing methods
  • Create a color-separated desktop publishing file
  • Become conversant in the prepress vocabulary
  • Produce pre-press files via a variety of print technology software
  • Understand the importance of file preparation

Instructional Methods

  • Magazine Publication: Rather than complete several individual design projects, you will be creating an original magazine on a theme of your choice. Your choice must be “PG” as this will be an element of your professional portfolio in the future. Each element will be graded separately and as a final product. This is NOT an opportunity to recreate an already existing magazine – it must be your original design. You may use current magazines for design/style inspiration. You must obey copyright laws and document and credit sources appropriately (this includes individual images). Intellectual property infringement and plagiarism are not acceptable.
    • Creative Brief
    • Front Cover
    • Table of Contents
    • Letters to the Editor
    • Editor’s Letter
    • Top 10 Article
    • Long Article (500-2000 words)
    • Recipe Article
    • Advice Column
    • Infographic
    • Author Profiles
    • 1/3 page Advertisements
    • 1/2 page Advertisements
    • Full Page Advertisements Classified Ads
    • Subscription Cards
    • Back Cover
  • Selected skill tutorials
  • Quizzes

Student Work Samples

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