Certificate in Desktop Publishing

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Course Overview

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.

This course is validated by The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework.

Why Study Desktop Publishing at Griffith College

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

  • Course requires no prior knowledge of the software.
  • You develop skills in key technologies like Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat
  • You 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.
  • Full access to Student Adobe Creative Cloud - All Apps plan, which gives you 20+ cutting-edge creative tools for desktop, mobile, and web

Intake Dates

We run two 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


  • 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 Cclour adjustments
  • Saving images for print.

  • 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.

  • Exploring the InDesign environment
  • Designing documents
  • Enhancing documents
  • Working with page elements
  • Managing objects
  • Working with tables
  • Finalising documents.

  • 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, 21st October 2023.  

This course will run from 9.30am-3.30pm over 5 Saturdays.

Year 2023

  • Oct: 21
  • Nov: 04, 11, 18, 25

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department.

Applicants under 23 years of age:

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).

Applicants above 23 years of age (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.


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 890.00


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.

Ready to take the next step?