Desktop Publishing Courses and Degrees

Desktop publishers design printed and electronic media, including newspapers, magazines and corporate communications. Read about certificate and associate's degree programs in this field, and get info on the courses you'd take as a desktop publishing student. Find out if online learning options are available for this field. Review your job options in desktop publishing. Schools offering Visual Communication degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Desktop publishing programs often incorporate courses in the fundamentals of graphic design, especially for publications and printed media. Most programs specifically in desktop publishing are at the certificate level. Although coursework may also be found in related degree programs.

Degree Options Associate of Science in Desktop Publishing, Associate of Applied Science in Digital Design, Bachelor of Science in Graphics Technology
Diploma/Certificates Desktop Publishing and Design Diploma, Certificate in Desktop Publishing, Certificate of Completion in Digital Publishing
Courses Photography, typography, page layout design, Web design, computer illustration, proofreading, visual journalism

Where Can I Find Programs in Desktop Publishing?

You can find desktop publishing certificate and associate's degree programs at many community colleges and technical schools. Certificate programs are typically 1-year in length and are designed to prepare you for entry-level positions. You can use these programs to further your career skills, especially if you have a degree in another field.

Associate's degree programs in desktop publishing are 2-year courses of study that include general education requirements in addition to skills courses. Some programs have a specific career focus, such as graphic arts or administrative technology, and some may offer professional internships in the industry. You can also find programs that offer desktop publishing classes at 4-year institutions; although, these programs are usually in a broader field of study, such as graphics technology

Can I Take Classes Online?

You may be able to find colleges that offer either individual courses or certificate programs online. Online programs that have desktop publishing classes can include those for graphic design, communications, technology applications and business technology. Some online certificate programs may require you to take some classes on-site.

What Careers Can I Pursue?

Most desktop publishing programs are designed to prepare you for a career in the graphic arts. This can include a job as a printer's assistant, publication designer or production assistant in industries that deal with print or electronic media, such as advertising, packaging or marketing. Some programs may also prepare you for a career in business as an administrative assistant or corporate communications specialist, since desktop publishing skills are useful in making business presentations, brochures and other in-house documents.

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