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Program Description

Desktop publishers use computer software to produce publication-ready material such as books, business cards, calendars, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers, packaging, slides and tickets. This program will equip you with an appreciation of the printing process through all of the printing stages. You will also gain a sound working knowledge of various graphic and layout software programs.


Program Requirements

Level 1

Group 1
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Adobe IllustratorCOMP-30842NoNoNo
Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard illustration application used to design vector based drawings. You will explore the intuitive interface while creating compelling artwork for print, presentations, and the Web.
Digital Illustration & Design 1COMP-14473YesYes
This course will help in developing the students' skills and knowledge in creating digital files for graphic design projects using Adobe Illustrator. As the graphic design industry changes through the development, advancement and integration of computer technology, the importance of learning Adobe Illustrator for the design and production of digital files becomes evident. Computer Software Requirements: Adobe Illustrator - CS5, CS6

Group 2
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Adobe PhotoshopCOMP-14172YesYesYes
This course concentrates on the use of the powerful Photoshop software for digital manipulation and the modification of photographic images. Photo retouching will be shown as well as text editing and basic colour correction. Students will be introduced to the software and progressed to intermediate levels of skills and techniques. Whether you are a digital imaging novice or professional, work with software that lets you create without limits and that achieves high-quality results.
Photoshop Level 1COMP-15023YesYes
This course will develop the student's design and image creation skills using Adobe Photoshop. Students will be introduced to the tools and commands of this extremely popular digital imaging/web image program. These will include the input of photographic images, selection of specific picture areas for adjustment, use of special tools to control such functions as colorizing, blurring, distorting, adding text, combining images, and the basic process of preparing the file for outputting to hardcopy. The visual elements used in the design of web material must have both appeal and functionality. Knowledge of how to create images for the appropriate media and the technical/design aspects of a project are indispensable skills required of today's Web Developer.

Group 3
TAKE COMP-1438 OR COMP-1335 OR COMP-1437
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Design BasicsCOMP-14383YesYes
Have you ever needed to design your own business card or a flyer for an event? If so, this is the course for you. Design Basics will give you the building blocks of design. You will learn about fonts, different layout techniques, and simple layout concepts essential to effective graphic design.
Adobe InDesign IntroCOMP-13351NoNoNo
Adobe In-Design is now one of the most powerful layout programs for professional desktop publishers and graphic designers. This course will give you the basics in which you can then further develop your skills to become proficient at using this powerful layout program.
Adobe InDesign BasicsCOMP-14373YesYes
This course will cover the fundamental aspects of this rising star in the desktop publishing and design industry. Topics covered will include: creating master pages and single and multiple documents with single and multiple text columns of text; importing text from various sources and flowing it into linked columns of various shapes and sizes; proper kerning/leading and spacing of text and; combining text with imported photos and graphics. Students will learn how to quickly change font or photo size and how to rearrange elements within a page. Assignments will include the production of a resume and a flyer, as well as the student's choice of the creation of a pamphlet, newsletter or booklet.

Group 4
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Desktop PublishingCOMP-60223YesYes
Desktop publishers arrange text, graphics and images to produce effective print communication. Learn how professional graphic designers create attractive, persuasive brochures, ads, posters, and newsletters via computer-assisted design. This course examines the elements and principles of design, the fundamentals of colour, typography and photographic images, and the intricacies of printing technologies and dealing with commercial printers. It includes an introduction to imaging, graphics, and page layout software through Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Presentations & Desktop PublishingCOMP-11543YesNo
Start, navigate and generally understand concepts essential to the use of Publisher. By working with objects, frames, and text in a publication, students will perform a mail merge, create drawings, and WordArt objects. They will be able to create stationery, design master pages, and use layout and page techniques to enhance Publisher publications. The ability to create electronic presentations as well as various types of print materials such as business cards, letterhead, brochures, flyers and newsletters is necessary in business today.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 2 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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