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Desktop Publishing with InDesign Course

Adobe InDesign is the world’s leading desktop publishing software. Whether you are a burgeoning layout artist, an author, a book publisher, or a graphic designer, adding InDesign to your box of magic tricks will give you that extra creative edge.

This course will equip you with the design skills necessary to make your magazine, book, and ePub stand out from the crowd. Learn to apply the principles and elements of design to magazine and book covers to facilitate multiple page use. Design invitations that no-one can decline. Be a changemaker in the design and publishing space today. 

In this course, your Adobe InDesign license is included.

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Global Creative Recruiter, The Talent Boom

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If you’re an aspiring layout artist, desktop publisher or someone wanting to get their start in design, this online short course is for you. Over 12 weeks you’ll learn how to utilise InDesign to create beautiful layouts and creative projects using the latest knowledge. You’ll gain ready-to-apply practical skills that the industry is looking for and be able to start creating as you study.

What you will learn:

  • Navigate and use the InDesign workspace for maximum creative impact, and make the most of master pages, multiple page design, character and paragraph styles, image arrangement, interactivity, and text wrapping and framing.
  • Use colour, layout, imagery, and typography to design compelling magazine and eMagazine covers and double page spreads, and prepare these for publication.
  • Design a beautiful corporate report or recipe book, applying the principles and elements of design.
  • Create stunning interactive ePub corporate reports or book layouts using text, typography, and imagery.
  • Prepare your report or book for print.
  • Design an eye-catching digital invitation for a book launch OR a corporate brochure.

This course is perfect for:

  • Aspiring layout artists.
  • Desktop publishers.
  • Individuals with a flair for design, who want to take their skills to the next level.


Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Indesign system requirements:

Refer to this page for a detailed list of system requirements for Windows and Mac.

Studying this course will give you the highly applicable tools your career needs to master brand management

Our lecturers nurture our students, resulting in them winning awards for their creative work

This course is ideal for people wanting to combine commercial logic with creative magic

Be recognised with an industry centric Red & Yellow certificate, giving you a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills.

Red & Yellow courses are made to future-proof your career

Our courses are designed to accelerate opportunities and give a boost to your CV. Top businesses across industries recognise Red & Yellow graduates as having the practical skills and the theoretical background to hit the ground running with confidence and creative flair.

  • An industry-sought after Certificate of Completion from Red & Yellow
  • Original, relevant and constantly updated content
  • An interactive online learning experience that includes videos, live chat sessions, forum discussions and more
  • A team of course coordinators to assist you and Instructional Designers and subject matter experts to guide and teach

Course curriculum:

Meet your team:

This course was created by, and benefits from, our full-time lecturers’ years of experience in the field – both in lecturing and in industry. They know how to nurture talent and bring out the best in students, resulting in many award-wins over the years.

Carmen Schaefer
Head of Academics

  • 20 years in education
  • Academic Team leader at Red & Yellow
  • Authors the annual employability report

A’isha Dollie

  • Makes art & design education fun and accessible
  • Practicing lecturer, advocates lifelong learning and balanced lifestyle
  • BA in Visual Comms Design, PGCE, PGDip in Educational Tech
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About Red & Yellow

Creative thinking is the most important skill. Artificial Intelligence and robots are going to replace some of the jobs we know today.

Red & Yellow is the business school where talented people go to develop the career skills they need to thrive in this digital world.

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