Course Description

This course introduces the fundamentals of book design and current practices. Specific topics include designing for different readerships, matching visual structure to editorial structure, design needs of text-only and illustrated books, typesetting and legibility best practices, designing effective covers for print, ebooks and audiobooks, and workflow and cost considerations. All assignments are completed in Adobe InDesign; it is strongly recommended that learners complete CDPB212 or have a basic understanding of InDesign before taking this course.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

All course assignments will be completed in Adobe InDesign. It is strongly recommended that students complete CDPB 212 or have equivalent Adobe Suite software (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) experience prior to taking this course.

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Sep 09, 2024 to Dec 13, 2024
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Domestic Fee non-credit $881.73
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00
International Fee non-credit $0.00