Build Your Future in Desktop Publishing

The Desktop Publishing Certificate offers a variety of courses in designing, publication, layout design, digital imaging, and printing of projects and assignments relative to packaging, graphic design, and digital arts. The program requires a total of 28-36 units of which 26-30 units are in required courses. An additional 2-6 units must be chosen from the restricted units listed below. This certificate program teaches digital publication design, building a portfolio representative of the student’s artistic talents and technical proficiency.

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Certificate – Desktop Publishing

  • Apply online at fullcoll.edu
  • Apply for financial aid: fafsa.ed.gov
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

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Frequently Asked Questions

Certificate – Desktop Publishing

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.

Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Career opportunities:
• Graphic Designer
• Photographer
• Production Artist
• Art Director
• Graphic Artist
• Animator
• Creative Director
• Visual Designer
• Junior Graphic Designer
• Product Designer
• Product Development Engineer
• Art Teacher
• Interaction Designer

Employment of desktop publishers is projected to decline 14 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Desktop publishing is commonly used to design printed materials, such as advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and forms. Companies are expected to hire fewer desktop publishers, however, as other types of workers—such as graphic designers, web designers, and editors—increasingly perform desktop-publishing tasks.

As organizations increasingly publish their materials electronically instead of printing them, employment of desktop publishers may decline further.

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Steven Klippenstein

Arts and Digital Arts

Average Salary in this Field

$29,690 to

$77,250 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Graphic Designer

Interaction Designer

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