Diploma in Desktop Publishing

Take your creative skills up a notch

11 weeks, one evening per week, 6.30-9.30pm
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Back on-campus Feb 22
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Why Desktop Publishing

Learn the skills to create industry standard graphics, for print and online. This course will take you through the popular Adobe tools used in the industry, so you can get up and running.

You will learn essential techniques Desktop Publishers use for print media such as brochures and books, designing logos, creating pdf documents and more. This part-time course concentrates on the fundamentals of the Adobe platforms essential for the desktop industry and people in marketing and communications roles.

Reasons why this course is for you:

  • Are you seeking to master Adobe Software in order to enter the area of Graphic design or the Publishing Industry? The part-time Diploma in Desktop Publishing at IBAT College Dublin will give you these skills you need.
  • Are you looking to bring your skills up to industry level standards in the area of graphics and design?
  • Are you looking to gain skills in the use of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat?
  • Are you looking for an additional skill to aid you in your marketing career?
  • Do you want the kind of knowledge that would be an important asset in the printing and publishing sectors?
  • Small class sizes ensure individual attention and support

Course Overview

Desktop publishing (DTP) is a system or process for designing, editing, and producing camera-ready documents, as newsletters, brochures, or magazines, using a desktop computer, special software, and a laser printer, rather than using conventional printing methods.

This programme will be of interest to you if you are an existing desktop publisher/graphic designer, are a beginner looking to gain skills in the Adobe suite of applications (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat), or are seeking upskill to a career into the following creative areas, desktop publishing, graphic design, advertising, marketing, online digital publishing.

The skills gained on this course will bring your skills up to industry-level standards in the area of graphics and design. It will provide you with additional skill to aid you in your marketing career, and the kind of knowledge that would be an important asset in the printing and publishing sectors.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content:

On completion of this programme, you will be competent in the use of digital mediums, the basic creative and technical aspects of image editing, and the manipulation and design professional looking material using industry-leading software.

On completion of the Diploma in Web Design graduates will be able to:

  • Establish competence in creating artwork for digital mediums
  • Establish competence in the basic creative and technical aspects of image editing and manipulation
  • Design professional looking material using industry leading software


The course consists of four modules which cover the four main applications:

  1. Adobe InDesign – used to design and layout publications such as brochures, magazines and posters.
  2. Adobe Illustrator – a vector graphics editor and is used for illustration design for logos, graphics and simple layouts.
  3. Adobe Photoshop – a graphics editing programme that is used to edit, retouch and prepare images for publishing on the Web and in print.
  4. Adobe Acrobat – a PDF editor that can view, create and manipulate Portable Document Formats (PDF).

These are the industry standard programmes used for Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design. :

During the programme there is a strong emphasis on the importance of a clear understanding of the print industry so that you not only know how to use the applications but also fully understand how to send the files to print.

The course also examines the design, colour and layout of documents/images for print.


  • You will have to successfully complete course work (100%) to be awarded the Diploma in Desktop Publishing.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this programme you are ideally placed to work as a Desktop Publisher in the media, advertising and communications industries. The skills gained from this course are also useful if you work in marketing and are involved in the preparation of marketing materials.

This course will support your ambitions to work in a graphic design studio, printing business or in a support role in a marketing department, and undertake jobs such as:

  • Graduate Graphic Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Freelance Designer
  • Marketing and Communications roles


Academic Progression Opportunities

If you complete this course you may consider further study on the IBAT College Dublin’s Diploma in Web Design.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Entry Requirements

This course has been developed for those with little or no prior publishing experience, but a desire to understand computational approaches to solution provision. You will learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of the software utilised, and develop skills in designing materials for publication.
The course assumes that you do not have a publishing background but a basic computing ability is required.

How to Apply

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You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

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This course has given me so much knowledge of the Adobe applications, especially Illustrator. I had used Photoshop before from a photography point of view so was familiar with the tools. I've gained enough knowledge and experience from this course to allow me set up my own online business. I plan on developing my skills further by completing the web design course next and who knows after that.
I found the tutors style of teaching very easy to follow and his knowledge was very extensive. I would highly recommend IBAT College as a place to learn and develop your skills.
Stephen Paterson Diploma in Desktop Publishing Graduate
I had previous knowledge of Photoshop before the course, but what I was most surprised by was when I just fell in love with InDesign, and because of this course I am now thinking of a career in publishing. The Desktop Publishing course has not only given me the qualifications to move forward with my career but also the confidence. Since finishing the course I have gone on to get more work on freelance basis than I would have gotten before the course. I would highly recommend not only the Desktop Publishing course but IBAT College itself for providing such a useful and relevant course offering.
Kirsten McGarr Diploma in Desktop Publishing Graduate
Really a very good course. Excellent teacher combining theory and examples from the field and extracting the valid points from the different contributions from the group. Challenging programme effectively carried through ( thanks Mr. Morgan) – I learnt a lot. I am inspired to rethink the way I plan and present my work.
Monika G. Diploma in Desktop Publishing Graduate
This course was delivered to the highest standard.  The instuctor was excellent and delivered a great deal of information in ten weeks.  I learned a great deal not only about the software itself but also about graphic design in general.  It has given me the confidence to produce professional looking documents at work and also confidence in choosing the correct layout and design.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in graphic design and wants to be able to produce modern and professional documents.
Niall Diploma in Desktop Publishing Student
I really enjoyed the course and I found Anthony Flynn to be a very good lecturer. He was very patient and provided a lot of constructive criticism.  
I had never used the adobe suite before and I now have a much better understanding of adobe photo shop, indesign and illustrator. It's very practical for my job and I will use it a lot going forward.
I will be recommending this course to my colleagues.
Mandy Diploma in Desktop Publishing Student

“Delighted to have achieved a Distinction in the Diploma in Desktop Publishing from IBAT College Dublin. Onwards and upwards!”

Alison Bryan The Educational Company of Ireland (Edco)

Lecturer Profile

Anthony O'Flynn
Anthony O'Flynn/ Lecturer Diploma in Desktop Publishing /
Anthony has extensive teaching experience specialising in graphics design. He also works freelance and has been involved in various television projects for RTÉ, independent production companies and advertising agencies. Anthony has also worked on projects with many private clients including New Ireland Assurance, IBEC and Bacardi, including editing and designing of opening and incidental graphics, working with composers and commissioning music for sequences, typographic design and animation.

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