Top Online Desktop Publishing Schools
Desktop publishers create page layouts for newspapers, books, brochures and other printed or online content. These professionals format information with typescript and graphic design and then publish the material using computer software. Desktop publishing has been a staple of print media but is also found in contexts such as Web design and advertising communications. Diplomas and degree programs typically offer training in graphic arts, typesetting, page layout and the use of specialized software applications.
As of this article’s publication date, comprehensive rankings of desktop publishing schools are not available. However, U.S. News & World Report did release its rankings of the top online graduate degree programs, including information technology programs. Information technology programs cover a gamut of specialties such as desktop publishing. In its 2012 rankings of the best online graduate computer information technology programs from U.S. News & World Report, based on training and faculty credentials, the top five universities included the following:
1. Pennsylvania State University—University Park
2. University of Bridgeport
3. Pace University
4. Mississippi State University
5. Auburn University
Courses for desktop publishers
Desktop publishing courses may be found in a variety of programs – from graphic design to marketing communications. Classes typically expose students to the many elements of digital design and multimedia and website design, including the use of HTML to create Web pages. Depending on the program's focus, students can explore print media or digital media. Subjects could range from graphic arts to digital image editing to copy writing.
Different levels of education in desktop publishing range from certificates to online degrees. Online desktop publishing (DTP) schools offer self-paced education and allow students to hone their skills and techniques working on their home computers or laptops. Traditionally, these programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about and practice with specialized software applications such as QuarkXpress or Adobe PageMaker, Illustrator and InDesign.
A combination of skills can be helpful in the competitive job market for desktop publishers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov, 2012). The BLS notes the importance of multiple skills such as electronic publishing, graphic design and copy editing. In 2011, desktop publishers earned a median annual wage of $36,800 nationally, with the lowest 10 percent earning $21,320 and the top 10 percent earning $59,560 (BLS.gov, 2012).
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Potential students can browse through the descriptions of desktop publishing training programs and request more information on the curriculum. Schools should be accredited by organizations that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Students can also look into programs listed by arts-focused organizations like the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
U.S.News & World Report (Best Multimedia/Visual Communications Programs, 2012)
U.S.News & World Report (Best Graphic Design Programs, 2012)