The University of the arts

Adobe InDesign Workshop
The University of the Arts

CE 025C 01 Adobe InDesign Workshop

CE 025C 01

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Gina Kernan



Fall 2018

  • (Sep. 26 to Dec. 5)
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 3.00 Credits
  • 3.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $875 / Fees: $40
Adobe InDesign is the go-to software for print-oriented products ranging from brochures and ads to billboards, product packaging, annual reports, magazines and books. Make the most of this versatile design program with an in-depth look at everything from fundamentals and navigation to organization of project components including style sheets, master pages, tables and columns. Explore the program's web and interactive uses as well as its compatibility with Photoshop and Illustrator. Finish this course armed with a basic working knowledge of InDesign that spans all of your desktop and digital publishing needs.

Course Content

Each class will be divided between a lectures/design objectives and in-class work. Some weeks will require students to complete out of classroom assignments. This course will integrate the theory of typography and design within each project by way of examples and readings. Students will be responsible for getting work printed for assignments. Readings, Quizzes, Design Projects, Design Objectives (Lectures), Presentations and Critiques, will all be part of the curriculum.

What will you learn in this course?

Upon completing this course, students will:

  • Have a proficiency in a broad range of design skills pertaining to publication design
  • Have a basic understanding of typography, color, layout, tables, images, graphics, styles and interactive elements.
  • Be able to navigate Adobe Workspace, Set up a document, and work with pages.
  • Understand how to work with frames, importing & linking graphics
  • Be able to import and edit text, work with typography and style sheets
  • Efficiently use color, transparencies, and tables
  • Have an understanding of output, exporting and packaging.
  • Be able to create a print-ready document.
  • Have the ability to create a well designed layout, brochure or other design materials for print or web.

What will you do in class?

Design Projects, Design Objectives (Lectures), Presentations and Critiques. Each class will be divided between a lectures/design objectives and in-class work. You will also need to complete out of classroom assignments. Projects may include: resume, a book cover design, and a trifold brochure project or magazine cover and interior spread.

Suggested Readings or Links to other content

Software: Course will be conducted using Adobe InDesign. Adobe CC is the version we will be using in the classroom. Adobe Acrobat will also be used to view pdf files. Students will have access to the computer labs during the course of the term.

Literature: Required Readings will be supplied by the instructor

Recommended but not Required: • “How to Design Cool Stuff” Before and After Magazine by John Wade • “Thinking with Type” Ellen Lupton

For tutorials and additional help it is recommended to visit or for video tutorials. These tutorials are free and/or low cost.


Sketchbook (suggested, for notes, planning projects and idea sketching)

USB drive with a minimum memory capacity of 2GB