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Desktop Publishing Essentials Certificate


This certificate introduces students to digital page layout, and digital images as well as a comprehensive understanding of the internet and is for anyone who needs to prepare professional business publications such as newsletters, advertising media, flyers, brochures, forms and manuals. Some of the courses can be taken online. A course completed while earning a certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. or A.S. in Business Computer Systems and Management degrees. The courses from this program are delivered in the classroom and/or online. This certificate qualifies for the Work Investment Act.

The Desktop Publishing Essentials Certificate will no longer be offered after August 27, 2018. If you have declared this certificate prior to this date, you have until August 2020 to complete it. These will be removed from the website Fall 2018.



2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1210
    Course Title:Desktop Publishing      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces students to digital page layout using Adobe InDesign, the new emerging standard in page layout software. This course is for anyone who has to prepare professional business publications. Students will learn how to set type and use digital images to produce effective printed business publications including newsletter, advertising flyers, business forms, brochures, manuals, posters, and catalogues . Students will learn how to create and modify pdf files for electronic distribution of publications. Knowledge of the keyboard and Word Processing software is recommended for this course. Software used: Current version of Adobe InDesign
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Photoshop Essentials for Business      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introductory course in business computer graphics. This course is for anyone who has to prepare digital images for business publications for print or for the Web. Students will learn how to use Photoshop's tools to create and enhance digital images. Students will create images from composites as well as separate document objects into layers. Course content will include techniques to retouch photos, i.e. removal of red eye, softening blemishes and imperfections, and elimination of unwanted items from digital photographs. Students will learn how to prepare and save images in different formats for different purposes, such as for use on the Web, in print and in other computer programs. Recommended: Knowledge of the keyboard
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1310
    Course Title:The Whole Internet      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the Internet. This course is for anyone who wants to use the internet effectively, efficiently and safely, understand the uses of the Internet, create web pages and also increase their confidence and knowledge. Students will learn about the basic technology that supports the internet, effectively use e-mail and other types of communication, explore virtual communities and web tools, use search engines and directories to find information on the internet, evaluate the quality of web resources, locate software, explore e-commerce concepts, learn how to use the internet safely, manage common security threats and create web pages. Students will use e-mail, a class web site, and other web based tools to develop proficiency. The course explores current internet innovations. Previous exposure to the internet is not required.
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    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    3 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credit Required9

  • Program Outcomes

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    • Create and edit digital images

    • Restore and retouch digital photographs

    • Prepare images and animations for the web

    • Use type and imagery effectively to produce business publications for print

    • Search for complementary images for print and web publications

    • Plan and design web pages

  • Career Opportunities

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  • Transfer Information

    p>If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    p>Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least one-third of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

    p>North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the: Higher Learning Commission 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504 1-800-621-7440


Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach Office
Educational Services Building