Document Design and Production for Editors

Writers and editors constantly face the challenge of creating documents that are easy to understand. Editors often work as part of a design team when the purpose of a document is to report or persuade. In this course, we’ll examine the elements of design and how they affect usability, production, and cost.

The final assignment for this course is due one week after the course ends.

Instructional hours: 12


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 4 weeks
Tuition: $452
Can be applied to:
Editing Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
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Start DateWed, Mar 29, 2023
  • Wed, Mar 29 (self-paced all week)
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InstructorFlora Gordon
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InstructorFlora Gordon
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Start DateWed, Oct 18, 2023
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What you will learn

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe good design and how it applies to technical documents
  • Apply the five guiding principles of effective graphic design
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the terminology, types, and reasons for using grids for page layout
  • Explain the history, terminology, classifications, and components of typefaces
  • Use tables, charts, graphs, and other graphic elements
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of image file formats, their terminology, and their use
  • Identify document structures, organization methods, and binding
  • Analyze different output processes (printing, electronic) and select the best one based on the project usage, budget, schedule, distribution and accessibility needs

How you will learn and be evaluated

Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises
  • Assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Assignments (final assignment due 1 week after course ends)

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

This course requires:

To get the most from this course, you should be comfortable with the following MS Word and/or Google Docs functions:

Assignments can also be completed using Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign, or Canva.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.