Course Description

Our advanced Adobe InDesign course is designed for learners who want to study how to create and design longer documents, master typography, and pagination tools and techniques, and create interactive forms and documents within InDesign. Explore tricks and shortcuts to help improve their production quality.

Students will learn how to become effective and efficient InDesign users by mastering layout and design techniques, and managing colours and images in publications for both print and digital.  

Course Details

Course assignments are application based; at the end of the course, you may be able to use some of this work to build your portfolio. The software used in this course is Adobe InDesign CC.

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in effective page layout design 
  • Create long documents such as books and eBooks 
  • Design professional publications and graphics in InDesign 
  • Create digital documents such as interactive PDFs and forms 
  • Evaluate workflow and improve design productivity 
  • Integrate production power and creative freedom with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat software


  • Creating books and long documents 
  • Building a table of contents, indexing, and chapter numbering in long documents 
  • Creating bezier, clipping, and compound paths 
  • Creating interactive PDF forms and other documents for the web 
  • Inserting hyperlinks, bookmarks, and buttons 
  • Publishing documents for sharing and collaboration 
  • Creating charts and infographics 
  • Advanced typesetting and stylesheets 
  • Working with grids 
  • Designing corporate documents for digital and print publication 
  • Package Design 

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at individuals and groups who need to improve their Adobe InDesign publishing skills for purposes such as:

  • Desktop Publishing 
  • Digital and Print Publication 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Web Design 
  • Advertising and Marketing 
  • Corporate Literature and Branding 

The audience for this course is: 

  • individual who wants to learn the advanced techniques in Adobe InDesign 
  • individual wanting to design professional flyers, PDFs, eBooks, and other publications 
  • entrepreneurs, professionals, online businesses, artists, graphic designers who wants to learn the creative techniques in Adobe InDesign 


There are no mandatory prerequisites for this course. However you are required to perform a self-assessment to ensure you meet the requirements to enrol.

Self-assessment for enrolment

  • A minimum of 6 months of work experience in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator in producing high quality documents for digital and print media

Recommended pre-requisites:

ICT 578 Adobe InDesign

ICT 436 Adobe Photoshop

ICT 437 Adobe Illustrator

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Synchronous
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 16, 2024 to Dec 09, 2024
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $849.00
Required Software
Students are required to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps (discounted price with ucalgary email) if they do not have access of the software
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required.

Recommended Texts
Optional:  Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2020 release)  PUBLISHED BY: Adobe Press
Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

Students will require access to a computer with the 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).

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system, and Zoom web conferencing software. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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