Course Description

This course focuses on current print production procedures. The class will examine a variety of finished  print materials including books, magazines, posters, folders and packaging. Topics include print media  specifications, digital prepress, page imposition, proofing, type technology, preparation of color files.  Case studies, problem-solving exercises and software such as QuarkXpress, Adobe Illustrator and  Photoshop are used to demonstrate production techniques.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • (1) Students in this class are expected to observe, engage, analyze, critique, explore, construct and demonstrate knowledge of the technology, terminology, skills, tools, policies and procedures to understand how production procedures work across digital and offset output.
  • (2) Workflow, planning, and time management in the production process.
  • (3) Collaboration


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines, and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

This Model Course is an openly available, fully developed web-based instructional resource containing course info, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, rubics, grading policy, and more.

Course Coordination



Title: Professor Communication Design





Coordination Site

This course uses the following coordination site:

Course Resources

  • Ready To Print: Handbook for Media Designers, by Kristina Nickel. Release Date: July 2011 Credits: Preface by Erik Spiekermann, Translated by Dylan Spiekermann Format: 21 × 26 cm, ISBN: 978-3-89955-325-3
  • Pocket Pal, forward by Frank Romano. Graphic Arts Technical Foundation; 20 edition (November 30, 2007). ISBN-10: 0977271617, ISBN-13: 978-0977271610

Best Practices

Please review the Distance Education and Continuity Best Practices. These standards apply to all courses, whether web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online, and may be used to inform peer evaluation of teaching.

BFA Resources

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