Duration: 6 MONTHS

Course Syllabus

Course Name: Desktop Publishing (Skill Development Course)

Course Duration: 6 months (part-time)

Course Overview:

The Desktop Publishing course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge in desktop publishing techniques and software applications. The course focuses on developing practical skills in word processing, graphic design, typography, and using various software tools for designing print materials. Students will learn how to create visually appealing and professional documents, such as brochures, flyers, calendars, and more. The course also emphasizes the use of software applications from the Adobe Suite, Corel Draw, and other relevant tools. By the end of the course, students will be able to utilize their skills for self-employment and explore career opportunities in the field of desktop publishing.

Course Objectives:

1.     To develop proficiency in using desktop publishing software applications.

2.     To enhance skills in word processing and document layout design.

3.     To understand the principles of graphic design and typography.

4.     To create various print materials for personal or professional use.

5.     To promote self-employment and career growth opportunities in desktop publishing.

Course Teaching Methodology:

1.     Lectures: In-class lectures will provide theoretical knowledge and explanations of desktop publishing concepts, techniques, and software applications.

2.     Hands-on Exercises: Students will engage in practical exercises to apply the learned concepts and gain proficiency in using desktop publishing software.

3.     Project Work: Students will undertake individual and group projects to create real-world print materials, such as brochures, calendars, flyers, etc.

4.     Case Studies: Analysis of case studies will be conducted to understand the best practices and examples of successful desktop publishing projects.

5.     Workshops: Guest speakers and industry experts will conduct workshops to provide insights into current trends, tools, and techniques in desktop publishing.

6.     Assessments: Regular assessments, quizzes, and assignments will be given to evaluate students' understanding and progress.

Importance for Learners in Career Growth and Self-Employment:

Skill Development: The course focuses on developing practical skills in desktop publishing, which are highly sought after in various industries.

Self-Employment Opportunities: Learning desktop publishing skills enables individuals to start their own graphic design business or work as freelancers.

Career Advancement: Proficiency in desktop publishing enhances career prospects in fields such as advertising, marketing, media, and publishing.

Professional Documentation: The ability to create visually appealing and professional documents enhances communication and presentation skills, which are valuable in any profession.


Module 1: Introduction to Desktop Publishing

·         Overview of Desktop Publishing

·         Importance and Applications

·         Industry Trends and Scope

·         Introduction to Software Tools

Module 2: Word Processing

·         Document Layout and Formatting

·         Styles and Templates

·         Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers

·         Tables and Graphs

Module 3: Photography

·         Basics of Photography

·         Image Editing and Enhancement

·         Copyright and Licensing

·         Using Stock Photos

Module 4: Materials for Print

·         Paper Selection and Sizes

·         Colour Theory and Printing Techniques

·         Preparing Artwork for Printing

·         Print Quality and Resolution

Module 5: Graphic Design Principles

·         Elements and Principles of Design

·         Composition and Layout Techniques

·         Visual Hierarchy and Balance

·         Colour Psychology

Module 6: Typography

·         Typeface Selection and Pairing

·         Typography Hierarchy and Alignment

·         Kerning and Tracking

·         Creative Typography Techniques

Module 7: Business/Career Tools

·         Creating Business Cards

·         Designing Letterheads and Envelopes

·         Creating Portfolios and Resumes

·         Promoting and Marketing Services

Module 8: Software Applications

·         Adobe Suite Overview

·         Photoshop for Image Editing

·         Illustrator for Vector Graphics

·         InDesign for Layout Design

·         Corel Draw for Illustration

·         Fireworks for Web Graphics

·         Flash for Animation

Module 9: Practical Activities

·         Creating a Family Crest

·         Designing a Photo Calendar

·         Developing a Newsletter

·         Designing an Event Flyer

·         Creating Invitations

·         Photo Editing Techniques

·         Super-Imposing Images

·         Designing an Advertising Brochure

·         Creating a Post Card

·         Designing a Restaurant Menu

·         Developing a Magazine Cover

·         Designing a Resume

·         Creating a Box Cover

·         Developing a Movie Poster


Please note that the syllabus can be modified based on the specific requirements of learners or location.

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