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Adobe InDesign CC Print & Digital Media Publication Essentials Course

Course Format:Online Course
Self-Study Time:Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Email)
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Learn Digital Media Design & Earn an Adobe ACP Qualification!

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.

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.

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.

Online Course Format

Based on the proven "learn by example” principle which, as the name implies, provides real-world examples to illustrate a particular topic or technique, the courses are delivered through our on-line training portal via a standard web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari. The lesson notes are delivered through slides giving you the required information to work through each lesson and there are student files you will download to work on so you are putting into practice what you are learning. You will also be supported by a personal tutor who is available to provide feedback on your work at any time throughout the period of study.

The Adobe InDesign CC Essentials Course Includes the Following Units:

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

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.

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

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

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
Adobe Certified Professional Exam Voucher (£156.00 - Optional)

All students have the option to purchase Adobe Exam Vouchers for £156.00 which will cover the cost of the exam at participating exam centres. We keep this fee optional as not all learners will want to complete the Adobe exams.voucher to make sure a suitable participating exam centre is available. 

A voucher would be required for each Adobe exam you sit. An additional proctoring fee will also need to be paid to the exam centre for each exam arranged.

Please Note: It is the students responsibility to source suitable exam centres. We advise researching exam centres prior to purchasing an exam


You should also 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.

Certificate of Completion & Adobe InDesign ACP 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 Certified ProfessionalAdobe 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 £156.00. 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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