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Adobe InDesign CC Print & Digital Media Publication Essentials Course


Adobe InDesign CC Print & Digital Media Publication Essentials Course

If you wish to become proficient in InDesign’s wide range of design tools or wish to undertake a course of study to prepare you for the Adobe Certified Professional in “Print & Digital Media Publication Using InDesign CC” examination, an industry-recognised qualification, then this is the course for you.

The Adobe InDesign CC Print and Digital Media Publication Essentials Course follows the syllabus for the corresponding Adobe Certified Professional examination (Formally Adobe Certified Associate / ACA) and, as well as being suitable for beginners, who wish to become proficient in InDesign’s wide variety of document design and publication features, the course can be used both as a primer or as a refresher course prior to taking the Certified Professional examination.

Adobe’s InDesign CC is the world’s leading document design application, setting the standard for industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media. With InDesign, you can create beautiful graphic designs with typography and imagery from Adobe Stock and quickly share content and feedback in PDF. InDesign has everything you need to create and publish stunning books, digital magazines, eBooks, posters, interactive PDFs and much more.

For the absolute beginner, the course is self-paced and highly-practical, teaching you the fundamental concepts and features through hands-on exercises and assignments and, if you have previous InDesign experience, we investigate and try out many advanced features, such as interactive presentations, nested styles, tables of content, anchored objects, and paths.

The course comes with the wide range of sample documents and photographs you will need to practice all of InDesign’s important features and, by the end of the course, you will have worked with a variety of different documents, and you will be using InDesign like a professional, producing documents like the brochure pictured on the right.

We start with the basic theory, explaining how to create documents based on master pages and implement character and paragraph styles, moving on to the placement of images and other objects, frames, and tables, and concluding with more advanced features like applying transparency settings, creating complex paths, adding interactive content, exporting documents in various formats, and working with local and Creative Cloud libraries.


The Adobe InDesign CC Essentials Course Includes the Following Units:

Unit 1: Getting Started

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introducing the InDesign CC Software
  • Creating your First Document
  • Page Preparation
  • Page Setup
  • Working with Colour
  • Using Master Pages
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 1 – Sports Illustrated Mini-Magazine
Unit 2: Inserting & Managing Text

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Text Basics
  • Character Settings
  • Paragraph Settings
  • Managing and Editing Text
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 2 – Creating a Newsletter.
Unit 3: Images, Frames, Objects & Tables

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Images and Frames
  • Working with Objects
  • Grouping and Arranging Objects
  • Inserting Tables
  • Working with Tables
  • Tables of Content
  • Indexing, and Books
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 3 – Creating your own Photographic Magazine
Unit 4: Advanced Features

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Transformations and Transparency
  • Creating Paths
  • Inserting Interactive Content
  • Printing, Exporting, and Publishing
  • Working with Libraries
  • Lesson Review & Quiz;
  • Assignment 4 – Creating an Interactive Quiz
Unit 5: Finishing Up

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Saving and Outputting Files
  • Plug-ins, Scripts, and More
  • Working in the Sesign Industry
  • Project Management Techniques
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 5 – “Zine” Design Project
  • Adobe Certified Associate Program

Key Information


Course Format

Self-study Time

Delivery Time



Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)

1-2 Working Days (Email)


You should have a working knowledge of your computer and operating system, including accessing the frequently-used menus and commands, and how to open, save, and close files.

Computer & Software Requirements:

To complete this course you will need a Windows or Apple Mac PC with at least 1gb of spare disk space and a subscription to Adobe’s InDesign CC software, with both InDesign CC and Bridge CC installed.  

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on the completed assignments contained in the training programme. The coursework consists of a series of design projects, including a Sports Illustrated magazine, a business newsletter, a pilot 15-page travel magazine, an interactive quiz with multiple choice answers, and a final zine design project. At the end of the course, you submit your coursework to your course tutor for assessment and feedback.

Open Awards Certification

On successful completion of this course students will receive our Adobe InDesign CC Essentials Certificate of Completion with feedback from your tutor, and students can also apply for the Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) Print and Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign CC Examination.

Adobe ACP Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport Testing Centre. You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website:

When searching for exam centres on the Certiport Search Facility, you should choose the Program, Version and Exam from the right-hand menu before adding your location.

Exam fees can vary, but an Adobe Exam Voucher (Valid for 12 Months) can be purchased from our website for £96.00. We usually advise buying a voucher when you are ready to sit your test, although you can add this to your order when you purchase your course. Exam Centre’s will also usually charge an additional proctoring fee (approximately £15.00 to £25.00) for sitting exams.

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