Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design

The Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design course will provide students with skills related to communicating through visual design with the primary emphasis of this course being desktop publishing and working with graphics.

This course is approved for one credit for Oklahoma’s Promise (OHLAP).

The Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design course is aligned to the NOC ITEC 1543 Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design course.

Industry Certifications

The following Brainbench exam will be utilized as end of instruction assessment:

  • Adobe InDesign


The Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design course targets the following industry recognized certifications:

  • Adobe Certified Associate – Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Expert – Adobe InDesign



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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of career development/progression patterns in the IT industry.
  • Compose multi-paragraph writing clearly, succinctly, and accurately to write documents.
  • Use description of audience and purpose to prepare written documents.
  • Use computer skills to design and develop written and supporting material.
  • Use desktop publishing software to develop brochures, handouts, charts, graphs, newsletters and/or reports.
  • Use presentation software to prepare visual support materials.
  • Format written documents with correct font and layout for easy reading.
  • Use proper organization and structure to achieve coherence of major points.
  • Identify and prepare support materials to accompany oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of design principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of color and color harmonies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and elements of design and their relationship to each other.
  • Search for information and resources.
  • Format text using advanced formatting functions.
  • Enhance publications using different fonts, styles, attributes, justification, etc.
  • Prepare presentations for training, sales and in formation sharing.
  • Create computer presentation and handouts in accordance with basic principles of graphics design and visual communication.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of digital imaging techniques and equipment.
  • Synthesize available interactive media technologies into a unified presentation.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of available graphics software programs to create and manipulate images.
  • Apply principles and elements of color design.
  • Apply color theory to select appropriate colors.
  • Create and/or implement the look and feel of the product.
  • Create graphical images.
  • Apply knowledge of typography.
  • Alter digitized images using an image manipulation program.
  • Evaluate visual appeal.
  • Produce or acquire graphics content.
  • Apply knowledge of the processes required for the production of various printed products.
  • Demonstrate preparation of customer materials for imaging.
  • Apply knowledge of basic printing processes.



View Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design course syllabus  – Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design Course Syllabus 2014