Tools for Technical Communicators (InDesign)

Introduction to Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is the most popular page design and layout software on the market. InDesign is used by amateurs and professionals alike to design and create printed material of all forms, from simple promotional materials such as postcards and posters, to brochures, newsletters, magazines, and books.

Course work will be based on the design and creation of a pair of simple documents derived from real-world scenarios: a folded brochure, and a small, stapled booklet. As you design and create these simple documents you will explore the rich assortment of tools offered by InDesign, to reach the point where you can confidently use InDesign to create a broad range of printed materials.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Michael Hayward $475.00 27 Register
Online - - TBD $475.00 30 Register

Instructional hours: 12

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

Introduction to Adobe InDesign (Instructor: Michael Hayward)

What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recall and relate the complex assortment of InDesign menus, tools and panels
  • Explain the purpose and the correct use of InDesign's main tools and panels
  • Evaluate sample documents and their basic structure in terms of InDesign's elements
  • Use InDesign's menus, tools and panels to design and create a broad range of printed materials
  • Select from InDesign's menus, tools and panels, to make changes to existing InDesign documents

How will I learn?

Prepare to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Assignments
  • Course readings

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

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.

How will I be evaluated?

  • Four assignments

Textbooks and learning materials

There is a recommended text for this course, which is available in print and e-book formats. You are responsible for purchasing the text if you choose to use it. All other course materials will be provided online.

Recommended text:

Anton, Kelly Kordes and DeJarld, Tina (2019). Adobe InDesign CC (2019 release): Classroom in a Book. Adobe Press.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need access to Adobe InDesign for the full duration of the course. You may purchase either a copy of the software or a subscription from Adobe. Please note the trial version of the software is only active for seven days. You will also need:

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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