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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Design Alive | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Desktop Publishing (CG ID 01)

Formerly Digital Layout (CG ID 01)
Course Category: 

Version 1: 47 hours (17 weeks).  Version 2: 70 hours (24 weeks). 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: September 2012 – August 2022. Version 2: September 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: use Adobe InDesign for design and layout of print publications to produce cutting-edge documents and graphics; create single page, multiple page and various folded documents; place and format text and graphics created in other applications into an InDesign document to create a professional layout; interact with tools, windows and palettes; work with master pages and style sheets, and use book, page numbering and other page features; demonstrate creative methods for arriving at solutions to technical problems; and prepare and export files for print and web.


Version 1 and 2: This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Topics include: Adobe InDesign, drawing tools, color, gradients, strokes, text frame, nested styles, glyphs, importing and exporting images, anchored objects, layers, formatting tables, alignment, printing, preflight, crop marks, bleeds, CMYK, RGB, screen calibration, resolution, Photoshop, digital printing and design principles. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging (CG 01) and Digital Drawing (CG AI 01), formerly Digital Illustration (CG AI 01).

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Journalism, Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design (12/15) (6/17 administrative review). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Media Graphic Arts, Marketing and Design, Desktop Publishing, or Graphic Design (9/22 revalidation).