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Certificate in Desktop Publishing

Certificate in Desktop Publishing


Master desktop publishing skills and graphics design principles with Adobe CS

This part-time, course combines basic desktop publishing skills and graphic design principles with the specifics of how to use Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat to create visual communications.

Why Study Desktop Publishing at Griffith College

The Certificate in Desktop Publishing course is conducted on a part-time weekend basis over 5 consecutive Saturdays. The aim of the course is to teach students how to harness the power of Adobe CS packages to develop different types of documents from simple flyers to newsletters.

  • Course requires no previous knowledge of the software.
  • You will develop skills in key technologies like Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat
  • You will learn to produce a broad range of documents including newsletters, product leaflets, adverts, posters and sales material for either internal use or for commercial printing.
  • Option to further your studies in this area by progressing to the Diploma in Desktop Publishing course.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • October *
  • February *

*subject to sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

Course details
Adobe Photoshop
  • Initiating a Project
  • Exploring the Adobe Photoshop Environment
  • Determining Graphic Type and Resolution
  • Working with Selections
  • Working with Layers
  • Enhancing Images with Paint and Filters
  • Exploring Image Modes and Colour Adjustments
  • Saving Images for Print
Adobe Illustrator
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  • Creating Shapes in a Document
  • Creating Custom Paths
  • Working with Text
  • Working with Objects
  • Enhancing Documents
  • Proofing a Document
  • Saving Images for the Web and Print
Adobe InDesign
  • Exploring the InDesign Environment
  • Designing Documents
  • Enhancing Documents
  • Working with Page Elements
  • Managing Objects
  • Working with Tables
  • Finalising Documents
Adobe Acrobat
  • Accessing PDF Documents
  • Creating PDF Documents
  • Navigating to a Specific Content in a PDF Document
  • Updating PDF Documents
  • Working with Multiple PDF Documents
  • Reviewing PDF Documents
  • Validating PDF Documents
  • Converting PDF Files

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


Course Schedule – Saturday Course

Our next course is due to commence on Saturday, 29th February 2020 from 9.30am - 3.30pm over 5 Saturdays, course dates outlined below.​

Year 2020

  • Feb: 29
  • Mar: 07, 14, 21, 28
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Mature Students 

If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

Under 23 Years 

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

5 Ordinary Level D3s (subjects to include a language, English, Irish or another language) or equivalent exam taken.

New Leaving Cert

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language).

All applicants should be proficient in the use of MAC/MS Applications.

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 790.00


What further study can I do?

Successful applicants may also elect to pursue further studies in this area by progressing to the Diploma in Desktop Publishing course.

What career paths could I have?

This professional course is the perfect foundation for participants who wish to progress in the workplace.


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