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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Publishing

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The Digital Publishing Certificate is designed for students with a Graphic Design, Web Development, Journalism, or Marketing background. Instruction focuses on the technical aspects of developing interactive book and magazine-type projects for electronic publishing to tablet and other mobile devices.

The curriculum and instruction are geared to provide both lecture and laboratory settings that will build upon the individual’s prior knowledge and experience. Instruction and practical experience will be provided in the areas of interactive page layout that incorporates animations, slide shows, and audio & video media.

For more information about the Digital Publishing Certificate, please visit our website at

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

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

Semester 1

Semester 3

  • Select one course from Option 1 Credits: 3

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 15

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 150-200 150-200 75-150
Supplies 50 50 50
External Hard Drive 100-200    
iPad 400-900    
 Recommended, but optional      
Design Software 20-30 20-30 20-30

Note: Financial aid may be used to purchase a computer. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) online at

Approximate total cost for the program: $2,950-$3,255**

Approximate total cost for the program with iPad option: $3,350-$4,155**

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Digital Publishing for interactive media
  • Produce PDF documents for electronic distribution
  • Planning, budgeting and producing digital publishing projects
  • Use digital publishing to communicate messages and ideas to others

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be ready and willing to collaborate and work with others
  • Basic computer skills
  • Must be able to follow directions and take direction from supervisors, clients and co-workers

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Must be creative and willing to express your ideas
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. 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. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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