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Why choose this course?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are monitoring the situation and will update our short courses when we have further information.

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

Claire Vincent

Course dates

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

  • 02 March to 20 April 2021 (excluding 30 March & 06 April 2021, Easter Break)

Course length

6 weeks



If you wish to discuss this or any other Creative Arts short courses, please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or

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.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link

Entry requirements...

To be able to maintain the pace of this course you should: 

  • Have computer skills that are above a basic level 
  • Have some experience using programs such as Word or Photoshop
  • Know how to navigate files and folders on a computer and understand how to use Google's Search Engine
  • This course is taught on Mac Computers in our Apple Suite



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
02/03/202120/04/2021Tuesdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online