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Desktop Publishing

Master Desktop Publishing

With only 14 credits, you can earn a vocational certificate in Desktop Publishing and be ready to enter the workforce with marketable, high-demand skills.


Students working together in the desktop publishing computer lab

Creative and capable

Today’s workplaces need competent, creative employees to produce intriguing digital photos, stunning vector illustrations and eye-catching page layouts. Desktop Publishing at Johnson County Community College prepares you for a career using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign applications.

Create illustrations, posters, brochures, exhibit panels, stationery, signage and other corporate branding materials.

Get your certificate

Within two semesters’ time, you can earn a certificate that tells employers you can work cross-platform (on either a Mac or a Windows computer) to create visually compelling corporate materials. With only 14 valuable, information-packed college credits, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create page layouts
  • Edit photos
  • Generate illustrations

Explore opportunities

JCCC has dozens of clubs that fuel your personal interests or professional goals. If you’re pursuing a Desktop Publishing certificate, here’s a sample of just a few clubs you might look into:

  • Advertising and Public Relations Club (ties to business communicators)
  • Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Club powered by Enactus (business concerns for a better world)
  • Web Club (boost your Dreamweaver skills)

JCCC takes it step by step

At JCCC, students in Desktop Publishing can take three sequences of 1-credit classes that each meet once a week for only five weeks. This approach means you’ll be focused on only one skill set at a time, and you’ll have opportunities to practice what you’ve learned in well-equipped dual-platform computer labs.

Work one-on-one with your professors in small classes to build projects for a portfolio you can show off to potential employers. This quick turnaround from classroom to workforce might be just the solution you’ve been seeking.

Forward-thinking faculty

Experienced professors have networking contacts in the metropolitan job market and are happy to help you make connections.

Job Prospects

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving desktop publishing. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and the job prospects.