An Introduction to Adobe InDesign

About the course

Due to the latest government coronavirus guidelines, we have reviewed and updated our short course provision. All courses are subject to change and if you have any questions, please contact the short course office for further information.

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This course is intended to give you an overview of the basic principles, features and essential tools of the software programme Adobe InDesign. InDesign is a layout and desktop publishing program which is compatible with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and forms part of the Adobe Design Suite. It’s an important aspect of any designer’s set of digital tools.

InDesign is ideal for people who want to create their own graphic design work, incuding posters, publications, leaflets, flyers, business cards and other forms of publicity. Used alongside Illustrator and Photoshop, it is a powerful software package, allowing you to create design layouts which are ready for print or web, to professional standards. Our course will enable you to get the most out of this software.

After an initial introduction to the software, the course will cover:

  • The principles of design and layout.
  • Setting up your page.
  • Using layouts and grids.
  • Inserting and distributing images.
  • Understanding and using text, font, spacing and sizes.
  • Creating basic posters, letters and leaflets.
  • Preparing your documents for printing and creating .pdf files and other file formats.

By the end of the six sessions, you will be able to use your design ability to layout a range of documents. The course is run by an expert tutor who will offer you advice, insight and practical experience, combined with up-to-the-minute software skills to enable you to create your own designs and artwork to a professional standard, ready for print and publishing.

Professional guidance is essential to get the most out of this complex programme, allowing you to harness the power and potential of Illustrator. If you wish to explore our 6 week Illustrator course explains vector drawings and perfectly complements our ‘InDesign’ course.

Course expert

Simon Rees

Course dates

This course is run on a Tuesday evening from 19.00 - 21.30 on the following dates:

  • New dates coming soon

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form. 

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers. 

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of cancellation terms here.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
07/06/202212/07/2022Tuesdays - 19:00 to 21:30£235.00Apply online