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MDIA 1049 - Adobe InDesign 1

Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

In this hands-on course, you will create and design content with Adobe InDesign using creative and typographic tools. You will create your document for single and multiple pages using tools, drop-down menus, and panels, set up columns, use select and direct selection tools, create layers, create colours from different libraries, create paragraph and character styles, create picture frames, apply text wraps around pictures, and check links. You will create a series of projects using all of the above tools and techniques.




$451.09 - $461.09 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Fall 2020

Below are three offerings of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 32377

Tue Sep 15 - Tue Oct 20 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Oct 20 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Online Delivery


Paul Sawyer

Course Outline



2 seats remaining as of Aug 13, 2020 11:04 pm (PDT). Availability may change at any time.

CRN 36938

Thu Sep 17 - Thu Oct 22 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 17 - Oct 22 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 BBY Online Delivery


Rodney Kovacs

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim



4 seats remaining as of Aug 13, 2020 11:04 pm (PDT). Availability may change at any time.

CRN 45425

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Oct 31 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 19 - Oct 31 Sat 09:30 - 12:30 BBY Online Delivery


Wim Teuling

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. No class Oct 10.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Create threaded text that flows correctly from column to column across multiple pages.
  • Format text by changing fonts and applying kerning, tracking, and other typographic controls.
  • Control different horizontal alignment settings, apply left and right indents, create drop caps, adjust bad line breaks, and add additional leading between paragraphs.
  • Horizontally align multiple columns of text by setting up a horizontal grid.
  • Create and apply paragraph styles that can globally update text formatting to enable a more consistent overall design.
  • Position any object precisely on a page both horizontally and vertically through defining a zero point setting and matching reference point setting.
  • Assign text, pictures, graphics, video, and music to individual layers to organize and create your content efficiently.
  • Create text that flows along a curved path.
  • Build a default preference file that assigns measurements, display performance controls, and typographic controls.
  • Create colours, tints and gradients to use in your artwork.
  • Ensure that all of your assets are available through using the links panel.
  • Use a pen tool to create graphics.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

MDIA 1049 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Graphic Design
    Full-time/Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Media Techniques and Marketing Communications
    Part-time   Certificate
  3. Media Techniques for Business
    Part-time   Certificate


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