Designing for magazines and books with InDesign

Course Dates: 20/01/19 - 03/02/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Gita Hahn

An introduction to the principles of designing, laying out and planning books and magazines using InDesign. This intermediate course is suitable for those with some InDesign experience.


What is the course about?

Develop your InDesign skills to an intermediate level while you learn about designing and planning publications for target audiences and gain insights into book and magazine design and production.

What previous students liked most about their course:
“Good combination of theory and practise”
“A lot of handouts for future progress”
“Everything was good!”


What will we cover?

- Examining the anatomy of books and magazines and their similarities and differences
- Designing with text, images and colour.
- Exploring InDesign’s typographic features
- Looking at readability and legibility
- Flowing in text, and saving styles
- Laying out spreads and setting up grids and guides
- Creating and applying Master pages
- Maintaining identity and consistency across a publication/s
- Planning style guides
- Saving, filing and preparing work for press
- Saving and filing work for future development.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Set up a basic multi-page, multi-column document
- Lay out a double page spread with images and text
- Flow in and determine import options for text
- Create, save and apply different types of styles
- Save and file work for future development
- Identify how to run basic pre-flight checks.

What students have achieved on their Designing for magazines and books with InDesign course run in 2014/15:
“I’ve learned to control InDesign much better and in more efficient ways.” LM
“Setting up new documents, master pages, paragraph and character styles.” MS
“Using InDesign, creating master pages, placing and modifying images, styles, colour swatches, table of contents – very satisfied” JK


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Dealing with books and magazines this course requires a good grasp of written language. Students should be able to follow complex written instructions and have had some previous experience of using InDesign on either Apple Mac or PC.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with demonstrations, short lectures, practical exercises and hand outs. The course-work comprises practical and creative exercises and mini-tasks these will be supported by one-to-one guidance where necessary. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No books are necessary to take this course, but you should have a notepad for your written notes. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can further develop your skills and interest in Graphic design through a range of courses at the City Lit in graphics, web design, Photoshop, and animation.
You can download a PDF of all the Graphics and Illustration courses on offer at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VK426

Sun, day, 20 Jan - 03 Feb '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £249.00
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