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ICT 578 Adobe InDesign

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Course Description

This course examines the essential capabilities of InDesign by learning the workspace and features; creating documents and managing pages; using text, graphics and colour; formatting, managing and transforming objects and more.

Course Details

Adobe InDesign is used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books. Designers and graphic production artists are the principal users of InDesign, creating and laying out publications, posters and print media.

This course is designed for those who want to master the fundamentals of InDesign. This includes those individuals who have an interest in design and graphic production for graphical mediums such as posters or magazines. The instructor will assume you have already mastered the fundamentals of Photoshop and Illustrator.

InDesign also supports export to EPUB and SWF formats to create digital publications and content suitable for tablet computers.


Instructional Delivery

All instruction is instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:

  • In Class - all classes are taught in a classroom lab.
  • Online - all classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
  • Blended - delivery is both in a classroom lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.

It is the students responsibility to carefully read the course section content below to know which delivery options are available for the course they are registering into.


  • Registrations within 24 hours of course start time must be made by phone (403-220-2988).

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Course Content

Course Level Learning Outcomes

  • Create Multipage, Illustrated, Professional-Quality, Print Documents
  • Apply Appropriate Layout Options to Create Quality Graphic Designs
  • Effectively manage Type and Colour
  • Integrate Appropriate Graphics and Illustrations
  • Create and Apply Templates to Enhance Workflow

Topics of Instruction

  • Understanding and Navigating the Workspace
  • Document Set up
  • Creating Web and Print Documents
  • Establishing Managing Pages and Layouts
  • Effectively Managing Type Through both Character and Paragraph Styling and Formatting
  • Working in Colour
  • Fills, strokes and effects
  • Using the Pen tool
  • Working with embedded and linked images
  • Layers
  • Formatting, Managing and Transforming Objects
  • Text and Colour, Graphics and Tables
  • Working with and Managing Long Documents
  • Preparing Documents for Output

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Recommendations and Requirements

Course Duration

Courses are 30 hours and are scheduled to be completed in either 5 weeks or 10 weeks. Generally, 5 week courses have two classes per week, and 10 week courses have one class per week.

Delivery Formats

Courses may be delivered in class, online, or blended (both in class and online). All delivery formats will use Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect Meeting (ACM) tools to varying degrees and it is the students responsibility to ensure they are comfortable with these tools prior to the start of the first class.

Students are encouraged to read Student Online Learning Resources to determine the delivery format that will best meet their learning needs.

  • Students familiar with D2L and ACM from previous course work, require no further introduction to these learning tools.
  • Students who register into an in class only course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take the necessary time to fully explore these learning tools prior to the start of class.
  • Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.

Required Tools

For online and blended delivery, students should have access to their own computer with required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors). Students should test their environment prior to the start of class to ensure everything is working properly.

Required Software

Students will need access to software outside the classroom lab to enable work on assignments, projects, and other course work.

  • The software used in this course is Adobe InDesign CC which may be downloaded from Adobe.
  • If necessary, additional requirements will be announced at the start of the course.



It is strongly recommended that students attend every class. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate potential absenteeism to the instructor.

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  • Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
  • Students must be familiar with the personal computer, keyboard and mouse.
  • Students must have Microsoft Windows skills and knowledge, and be able to perform the following tasks:
    • start and run Windows
    • use the taskbar, Start button and Help feature
    • use Minimize, Maximize, Restore Down/Up and Close
    • use the left and right mouse buttons appropriately
    • understand file management techniques
    • navigate between files, folders, or drives.

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Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


  ICT 578 - 024 Adobe InDesign  
  Spring 2017   Status:  Available
Online:   Wed 6:00PM - 9:00PM
12 Apr 2017 to 14 Jun 2017
Number of Sessions: 10 Sessions
Hours: 30.00
Course Fees:   Flat Fee non-credit    875.00
Delivery Options:  Online
  Section Notes:  


This course has 10 classes scheduled once per week for 10 weeks.Classes are held online only synchronously in real time


ICT 436 Adobe Photoshop and ICT 437 Adobe Illustrator


Students who are unfamiliar with D2L / ACM are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online


A $25 fee applies for course withdrawals and transfers. For our standard Refund, Withdrawal and Transfer Policy visit conted.ucalgary.ca/refund


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