Digital and Print Publishing is a hands-on program—a one-year, three-term Diploma designed to provide a broad base of experience in electronic and print publishing.
In the production courses, students work to create a diverse range of work for their portfolios—including Pacific Rim Magazine, a full-color magazine distributed in the Globe and Mail, and LangaraPRM.com, a professional dynamic website they code from the ground up.
First Semester: Design Foundations, Software & Writing
The first semester equips students with the foundational software and design skills needed for subsequent semesters. Here, a full twelve credits are devoted to Adobe Creative Cloud—six for Photoshop, and three each for Illustrator and InDesign. This allows for the development of professional-level skills with industry-standard tools.
Tightly coupled with these software classes is the six-credit Graphic Design course. This integration of the courses is a fundamental aspect of the program: to have software skills these days is of course important, but those skills are infinitely more valuable when combined with design knowledge and ability.
In the two other first term classes—Writing for Publication and Publishing Issues and Practices—students learn how to pitch, research, and write stories that engage readers and how to manage the technical, practical, and legal demands of work in the creative industries.
Second Semester: The Print Publishing Process
Second semester courses such as Advanced Typography build on the skills developed in the first term while courses like Magazine & Offset Print Production I & II support the production of Pacific Rim Magazine while teaching real-world processes.
In addition to honing their print production skills, students in second term work in collaborative groups with their classmates and with students in the Professional Photography and Business programs. This is an opportunity to produce a significant large project—from concept through to attending the press check.
Third Semester: The Web
The primary focus of the final semester is electronic publishing: 12 of the summer term's 17 credits are devoted to web design and production.
In Web Design Fundamentals, student learn how to code HTML & CSS. Responsive design—building websites that adapt to phone, tablet, and desktop—is stressed from day one.
In Advanced Web Design, students learn how to design and code for Content Management Systems like WordPress, acquiring the ability to produce and manage sophisticated database-driven websites.
Finally, students build their portfolios in the Self-Promotion in the Publishing Industry course and learn job search strategies to gain employment upon graduation.
Program content and the order of courses may be subject to modification without notice, prior to the commencement of the program, although the main scope of the curriculum will be unchanged.
Program Option Notes:
In order to graduate, students need a minimum "C" grade in all courses used towards the Digital and Print Publishing credential.