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CISA 330 Desktop Publishing
Adobe InDesign CC

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This course provides an overview of desktop publishing (DTP) and a major desktop publishing application program. It includes page layout skills needed to produce newsletters, brochures, flyers, reports, and other marketing material. Additionally, it covers importing and placing graphics and text, using layers, master pages, frames, creating graphics using the pen tool, and working with color both digitally and in print.

Required Software:


Adobe InDesign CC 

* Available for students in labs at ARC

* Must have Adobe CC subscription if working at home or work - Student Rate

Foundation for California Community Colleges



Optional Textbook for reference:


Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book

*most current version

ARC Bookstore

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Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • develop settings and preferences to create single and multi-page documents.

  • apply the vocabulary and tools associated with navigating the desktop publishing work area.

  • define the proper use of text tools, such as leading, tracking, and kerning.

  • create and apply styles to format text.

  • assemble, import, and arrange text and graphics working with frames and layers.

  • create, set up, apply, and modify master pages.

  • prioritize layers, and stack, align, and distribute frames/objects on a page.

  • apply colors to objects and text.

  • create graphics using the Pen tool.

  • originate commonly used printed marketing documents using desktop publishing software.

  • analyze the potential for desktop publishing use in business and organizational communications.

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