Curriculum Guideline

Document Design and Production I

Effective Date:
Course Code
PRFU 1350
Document Design and Production I
Print Futures
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours lecture per week 2 hours laboratory per week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

The course will use a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on experience. In preparing documents, students will work with materials provided by the instructor and with other material at the discretion of the instructor.

Course Description
This course introduces the basic principles of two-dimensional design, including balance and visual dynamics, layout, publication design, and typography. Students will develop skill with an industry-standard page-layout software program and familiarity with both raster and vector drawing applications. They will apply these skills in producing small documents.
Course Content
  1. Document Design
    Successful students will:
    • produce a variety of simple one- and two-colour projects, including stationery, invitations, and specialized form letters, using industry-standard software programs
    • learn basic print design theory, including page structure, column formatting, typeface relationships, and the use of white space and colour (process and spot), and become familiar with common design errors
    • become familiar with print terminology
    • become familiar with traditional assembly procedures
  2. Hardware and Software
    Successful students will:
    • examine and use the various hardware configurations necessary to operate a desktop publishing service effectively (including computers, monitors, printers, scanners)
    • examine and use the file-management software necessary to transfer files, copy disks and convert text for word-processing and page-layout purposes
    • examine and use page-layout and image-manipulation software for use in preparing published documents
  3. Page Makeup
    Successful students will:
    • prepare text in a word-processing program for import into page-makeup software
    • examine basic structure of page-makeup software, including
      • opening, closing and saving documents
      • using the mouse
      • using the toolbox
      • importing and flowing text files
      • manipulating text
    • examine techniques for producing a simple publication in page-makeup software, including
      • establishing style palettes
      • using templates
      • using menus
      • designing master pages
      • creating vertical and horizontal alignment of text
      • using box, line draw, and fill functions
      • creating headlines, subheads, and captions
      • creating screens
      • rotating text
      • printing landscape and portrait documents
      • using scalable fonts
      • importing and sizing graphic images
      • scanning, importing, and sizing photos and drawings
      • creating drop caps
      • placing pull quotes
      • determining justified and unjustified text spacing
      • kerning
      • using non-standard leading
      • spacing headlines
      • wrapping text around even and uneven shapes
Learning Outcomes

Students will understand the basic principles of two-dimensional design. They will develop skill with an industry-standard page-layout software program and familiarity with both raster and vector drawing applications. They will work with material supplied by the instructor to produce small documents.

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.

Evaluation will be based on this general format:

Assignments (2 to 4) 45%
Lab exercises (3 to 5) 20%
Midterm exam 25%
Professionalism (as defined) 10%
Textbook Materials

Texts may include:

  • Against the Clock: QuarkXPress. Prentice Hall, 1998.

Software may include:

  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Freehand

Acceptance into program or permission of the coordinator

Which Prerequisite