The desktop publishing certificate is intended for those seeking entry-level positions, as well as for those currently employed, who desire to enhance their job skills. This certificate provides current or prospective employers with tangible evidence of desktop publishing competency, on the part of the certificate completer.

Application courses for the certificate will encourage students to develop a “cross-platform” mastery, which is made possible by offering most on-campus courses in a dual-platform Macintosh and Windows computing environment.

(Major Code 4830; CIP Code 11.0202)

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Certificate Requirements

Prerequisites for Required Courses

Prior to beginning this program students may be required to take the following prerequisite course, take an equivalent transfer course, passed the waiver test, or obtain a waiver from the program administrator.

CSS 105Introduction to Personal Computers: Windows0-1
or CSS 106 Introduction to Personal Computers: Macintosh
Total Hours0-1

Required Courses

CSS 138Operating Systems: Windows*1
CDTP 155Desktop Photo Manipulation II: Photoshop*1
CDTP 160Desktop Publishing II: InDesign*1
CDTP 165Desktop Illustration II: Illustrator*1
CDTP 168Desktop Publishing III: InDesign*1
CDTP 175Desktop Photo Manipulation III: Photoshop*1
CDTP 185Desktop Illustration III: Illustrator*1
CDTP 190Applications for Visual Design*3
or CDTP 135
CDTP 140
CDTP 145
Desktop Photo Manipulation I: Photoshop*
and Desktop Publishing I: InDesign
and Desktop Illustration I: Illustrator
Program Elective (see below)4
Total Hours14

Total Program Hours: 14-15

Program Electives 

CSS 108Word Processing I: MS Word*1
CSS 110Spreadsheets I: MS Excel*1
CSS 111Spreadsheets II: MS Excel*1
CSS 123E-Presentation: MS PowerPoint*1
CSS 125Word Processing II: MS Word*1

This course has registration requirements.