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Diploma in Desktop Publishing

Duration: 11 weeks, Part-time, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Location: Wellington Quay Only

Start Date: 27th September 2018

Days: Thursday


Accredited By: IBAT

Fee: €900

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Flexible payment plans are available. Contact Admissions team for more information.
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

Diploma in Desktop Publishing (Graphic Design) Course Overview

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The IBAT College Dublin part-time Diploma in Desktop Publishing course has been specifically designed to teach learners how to use all the main Adobe Desktop Publishing Applications. The course provides students with the skills and graphic design competencies in Adobe software required for effective work practices in this sector. The course consists of four modules which covers the four main application programmes: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat. These are the industry standard programmes used for Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design.

The course also covers many important aspects of the DTP with a strong emphasis on the importance of a clear understanding of the print industry so that the learners 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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this programme, 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


  • Adobe In-Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat


To be awarded the Diploma in Desktop Publishing participants will be required to successfully complete course work (100%).

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the IBAT Diploma in Desktop Publishing course, graduates are ideally placed to commence a career path into the area of graphic design. The skills acquired during this course are also very useful for anyone who works in Marketing or IT and is involved in the preparation of print marketing materials and digital assets.

Academic Progression Opportunities

Students who complete the IBAT Diploma in Desktop Publishing and are often interested in furthering their study and progress onto the IBAT College Dublin Diploma in Web Design.

Programme Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded an IBAT College Dublin Diploma in Desktop Publishing.

What is the fee for this Diploma in Desktop Publishing Course?

The course fees are €900

What do I get for my fee?

I would like to apply for the Diploma in Desktop Publishing course, what should I do?

Application can be made using the buttons above. Alternatively, please feel free to contact Richard O'Brien our Admissions Advisor for IT courses on 01 807 5055 to set up a meeting to discuss the course further. You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please feel free to visit the college anytime and a member of the Admissions Office will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have. We look forward to seeing you.

Shared Student Experiences on this Course

Overall Experience Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Michelle McDonagh

    I work in marketing for a film institute so this course was great as making brochures, logos and posters is part of my role.

    Experience Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Orla Malone

    This course was really interesting and I acquired great skills. I would like to continue in this field and perhaps complete another complimentary course like Web Design.

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  • IBAT Student - Niamh Coen

    The practical assignments were really beneficial and the lecturer was very engaging and supportive.

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  • IBAT Student - Monika G.

    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.

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  • IBAT Student - Stephen Paterson

    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.

    Experience Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • IBAT Student - Kirsten McGarr

    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.

    Experience Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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ICT and Computing Lecturer Profiles

  • Mark Dean – Web Design / IS Lecturer

    Mark is an IT professional with over 20 years industry experience. Over this period he has accumulated knowledge and skills from numerous sectors ranging from education through to manufacturing and banking. He has been involved in many IT roles including software developer, team leader, systems analyst, and corporate IT trainer. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College and has lectured on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

    Mark Dean, Web Design / IS Lecturer
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