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About the Course
Despite the huge growth of online content, magazines continue to flourish. The industry is booming with with both business and consumer publications that cover everything from fashion to fishing and so much more. This course looks at what makes a magazine such an influential medium. It will introduce you to theories and techniques that will help you to understand how to create exciting and well-planned layouts. You will be taught through a series of lectures, workshops and exercises and will produce a cover design, masthead and a three-page layout that will give you a solid basis to explore the world of magazine layout further. The course is focused on print layout design but will also introduce you to the potential for self-publishing in digital interactive PDF format (ezines). The course will be taught using up-to-date industry software and demonstrate the workflow between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create layout designs.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Understand the terminology and principles of layout design
Consider pace and contrast to create audience appropriate content
Investigate the principles of layout design through a series of taught exercises
Develop original ideas from own research to:
Develop a clear and practical understanding of Adobe publishing software
Investigate methods of printing and publishing including creating PDFs for self publishing your work
Class format and activities
The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One-to-one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills. Manageable project work will sometimes be assigned between classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs, and assessment and feedback on your progress.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly is essential to get the most out of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with digital tools for design and publication.
What you need to know before you enrol
The Course will be taught on Apple Mac computers in a bright, comfortable modern studio. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, discuss related topics and present your work. As this is a computer-based course students will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and take breaks when necessary. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of theArt & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator or Learning Support before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory Stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a generous discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
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