Desktop Publishing Courses and Degrees

Desktop publishers design printed and electronic media, including newspapers, magazines and corporate communications. Read about relevant certificate and degree programs, and get info on the courses you'd take. 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. Since publishing has become increasingly web-based, desktop publishing may also be referred to as digital publishing or electronic publishing.

Degree Options Associate's degree in digital design, bachelor's degree in graphics technology, graphic design, digital media or media arts
Diploma/Certificate Certificate in desktop publishing or digital publishing, diploma in desktop publishing and design
Courses Photography, typography, page layout design, Web design, computer illustration, proofreading, visual journalism

What Short-Term Programs Are Available in Desktop Publishing?

You can find desktop and digital publishing certificate and associate's degree programs at many community colleges and technical schools. Certificate programs are typically one 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. A desktop publishing certificate program may cover software applications like Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Acrobat. For an even shorter term option, you might consider an online diploma program, which lasts a few months.

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 design or media, and some may offer professional internships in the industry.

What Bachelor's Degrees Are Available?

You can also find programs that offer desktop publishing classes at 4-year institutions; however, these programs are usually in a broader field of study, such as graphics technology, digital media and web technology or media arts. Courses may cover these areas of study:

  • Graphics communications processes
  • Technology in society
  • Multimedia concepts
  • Image editing
  • Photography concepts
  • Motion graphics
  • Branding and identity design
  • Technical writing

Can I Take Classes Online?

You may be able to find colleges that offer either individual courses or certificate or diploma 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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