Print Production and Design

Subject PUBL90010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours: a 2 hour seminar per week throughout semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced), Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications (Advanced) , Master of Publishing and Communications, or Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Mark Davis


Subject Overview:

This subject teaches students practical skills in creating documents using the industry-standard software, Adobe Indesign through practical workshops that take the student from beginner to intermediate skill levels. It also introduces students to the concepts and practice of print production and design, and outlines the underlying principles of publishing design and page layout, the characteristics of good typesetting, the interrelationship of images, space, colour and text and the importance of design briefs. Through reference to the history of printing, this subject will extend students’ understanding of the impact of changing technologies on typography, graphic design and production processes, enabling them to develop a critical awareness of trends in the field. A brief insight to some of the specific design and publishing challenges of ePublishing is also provided.

Please note: Students should subscribe to Adobe Indesign via Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of the subject in order to be able to complete assignments out of class time.

Learning Outcomes:
  • introduce students to the aesthetics and practice of print production and design;
  • introduce the principles and value of good typography;
  • extend understanding of the relationship between editing, publishing and design;
  • develop analytical and critical understanding of contemporary design practice; and
  • reach an intermediate skill level in the use of publishing layout software.

Presentation Materials totaling 1000 words 20% (due mid-semester), in-class Production Proofing test of 1 hour totaling 1000 words 20% (conducted late semester), Book Desktop Publishing project totaling 3000 words 60% (due in the examination period).

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A bibliography of suggested further reading, and links to relevant articles and commentary will be made available on the subject LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • the completion of exercises and assignments, and exposure to the protocols of publishing practice;
  • acquire an understanding of the principles of document design through class discussion and the completion of exercises and assignments;
  • acquire skills in research, including the use of online as well as print-based materials in the course of exercises and assignments;
  • develop skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, tutorial presentations and assessment requirements; and
  • develop a capacity for close critical analysis through engagement with a range of texts and critique of their structures and strategies.

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Publishing and Communications program

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced)
Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications (Advanced)
Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Editing and Communications)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Journalism
100 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
150 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
200 Point Master of Journalism
200 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
EMA 150 point program - full time over 1.5 years
EMA 200 point program - full time over 1.5 years
EMA 200 point program - full time over 2 years

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