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This subject teaches students practical skills in creating documents using the industry-standard software, Adobe Indesign through practical workshops that take the student from beginner to intermediate skill levels. It also introduces students to the concepts and practice of print production and design, and outlines the underlying principles of publishing design and page layout, the characteristics of good typesetting, the interrelationship of images, space, colour and text and the importance of design briefs. Through reference to the history of printing, this subject will extend students’ understanding of the impact of changing technologies on typography, graphic design and production processes, enabling them to develop a critical awareness of trends in the field. A brief insight to some of the specific design and publishing challenges of ePublishing is also provided.
Please note: Students should subscribe to Adobe Indesign via Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of the subject in order to be able to complete assignments out of class time.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- grasp the fundamentals of the aesthetics and practice of print production and design;
- understand the fundamental principles and value of good typography;
- have extended their understanding of the relationship between editing, publishing and design;
- have developed analytical and critical understanding of contemporary design practice; and
- have reached an intermediate skill level in the use of publishing layout software.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- ability to complete relevant exercises and assignments, and knowledge of the protocols of publishing practice;
- an understanding of the principles of document design through class discussion and the completion of exercises and assignments;
- skills in research, including the use of online as well as print-based materials in the course of exercises and assignments;
- skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, tutorial presentations and assessment requirements; and
- capacity for close critical analysis through engagement with a range of texts and critique of their structures and strategies.
Last updated: 9 September 2021