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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The InDesign certificate is designed for individuals with no prior page layout experience or for those who wish to upgrade the software skills they use in the visual communication industry. The courses in this certificate are designed to provide current technical skills in the area of page layout using this Adobe software.

For more information about the InDesign certificate, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/graphicdesign/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission. 
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement. 
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Obtain a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 61 or minimum ACT Reading score of 14.
  5. Obtain a minimum COMPASS English score of 42 or minimum ACT writing score of 14. 
  6. Obtain a minimum ALEKS placement score of 9 or minimum ACT Math score of 14.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Indesign certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 6

These credits are applicable to the Visual Communications diploma  and the AAS degree in Graphic Design  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 40-50 0-50
Supplies/Equipment 15-20  

Approximate total for certificate: $937-$1002*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Desktop publishing layout artist.
  • Technical production of layouts for ads, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and corporate material.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Have good math and reading skills.
  • Have good computer skills.
  • Accurately follow project specifications and instructions.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have the ability to take art direction from supervisors, clients and coworkers to improve your work.
  • Manage your time to meet established deadlines, work on multiple projects and stay within project budget.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • Must be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to sit at a computer for long periods of time.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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