About this course
This course covers the fundamental tools and techniques of page-layout software, Adobe InDesign.
Students will gain basic software proficiency in the current version of the software. Demonstrations, in-class exercises and take-home projects introduce students to basic software tools and the current version of the software.
Students will use InDesign to create page layouts for both screen and print media and learn how to apply typographic tools, design to a grid, apply color and generate graphic elements.
Students enrolling in GDT computer-based courses should be proficient in basic desktop computer operations.
Basic concepts and software features
Working with multi-page documents
Working with typographic tools
Paragraph, character and object styles
Running footer and folio information
Organizing complex hierarchies
Interfacing with other software
Preparing documents for print and web
This course will consist of demonstrations, projects, exercises and a few critiques.
There will be no quizzes, tests or exams.
It is expected that additional time outside of class will be spent on projects and homework assignments.
It is important that the entire class work together in a collaborative environment, learning from each other as well as the instructor.
It is expected that more experienced users will be willing to help beginning users with the software.
More experienced users should elicit creative evaluations from beginning users during their working process.
Demos will be front-loaded during the semester and gradually tapering off with technique-driven demos and larger, more comprehensive projects taking their places as the semester progresses.
An emphasis will be placed on creating print pieces but will also include generating material for on-screen viewing.
3D modeling, video, animation, motion graphics, photography and illustration work will not be emphasized in this class.
No textbook is required for this course
Students are responsible for finding a file storage system of their choosing.
A sketchbook is recommended but not required for this course.
Attendance and Participation
20 points total
1 point per class session
30 points total
3 points per exercise
50 points total
10 points per assignment
Other possibilities for loosing Attendance and Participation points:
- Inappropriate food and/or beverages
- Sloppy file management
- Improper file submission
- Not logging off computers when leaving
- Constantly have headphones on
- Facebook at inappropriate times
- General classroom disruptions
- Other things as they come up
Opportunities for extra points may be offered based on the needs of the class as we go along, but please don't base your efforts around this possibility.