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Diploma in Desktop Publishing

Learn the skills to become a desktop publisher

Why Desktop Publishing

Learn the skills to create industry standard graphics, for print and online. This course will take you through the popular Adobe tools used in the industry, so you can get up and running.
You will learn essential techniques Desktop Publishers use for print media such as brochures and books, designing logos, creating pdf documents and more. This part-time course concentrates on the fundamentals of the Adobe platforms essential for the desktop industry and people in marketing and communications roles.

Reasons why this course is for you:

  • Are you seeking to master Adobe Software in order to enter the area of Graphic design or the Publishing Industry? The part-time Diploma in Desktop Publishing at IBAT College Dublin will give you these skills you need.
  • Are you looking to bring your skills up to industry level standards in the area of graphics and design?
  • Are you looking to gain skills in the use of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat?
  • Are you looking for an additional skill to aid you in your marketing career?
  • Do you want the kind of knowledge that would be an important asset in the printing and publishing sectors?
  • Small class sizes ensure individual attention and support

Course Overview

Desktop publishing (DTP) is a system or process for designing, editing, and producing camera-ready documents, as newsletters, brochures, or magazines, using a desktop computer, special software, and a laser printer, rather than using conventional printing methods.

This programme will be of interest to you if you are an existing desktop publisher/graphic designer, are a beginner looking to gain skills in the Adobe suite of applications (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat), or are seeking upskill to a career into the following creative areas, desktop publishing, graphic design, advertising, marketing, online digital publishing.

The skills gained on this course will bring your skills up to industry-level standards in the area of graphics and design. It will provide you with additional skill to aid you in your marketing career, and the kind of knowledge that would be an important asset in the printing and publishing sectors.

Course Content

On completion of this programme, you will be competent in the use of digital mediums, the basic creative and technical aspects of image editing, and the manipulation and design professional looking material using industry-leading software.

On completion of the Diploma in Web Design graduates will be able to:

  • Establish competence in creating artwork for digital mediums
  • Establish competence in the basic creative and technical aspects of image editing and manipulation
  • Design professional looking material using industry leading software


The course consists of four modules which cover the four main applications:

  1. Adobe InDesign – used to design and layout publications such as brochures, magazines and posters.
  2. Adobe Illustrator – a vector graphics editor and is used for illustration design for logos, graphics and simple layouts.
  3. Adobe Photoshop – a graphics editing programme that is used to edit, retouch and prepare images for publishing on the Web and in print.
  4. Adobe Acrobat – a PDF editor that can view, create and manipulate Portable Document Formats (PDF).

These are the industry standard programmes used for Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design. :

During the programme there is a strong emphasis on the importance of a clear understanding of the print industry so that you not only know how to use the applications but also fully understand how to send the files to print.

The course also examines the design, color and layout of documents/images for print.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this programme you are ideally placed to work as a Desktop Publisher in the media, advertising and communications industries. The skills gained from this course are also useful if you work in marketing and are involved in the preparation of marketing materials.

This course will support your ambitions to work in a graphic design studio, printing business or in a support role in a marketing department, and undertake jobs such as:

  • Graduate Graphic Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Freelance Designer
  • Marketing and Communications roles

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