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Basics of Publication Design (5 cr)

Code: AM00CM46-3002

General information


21.11.2022 - 08.01.2023


22.02.2023 - 20.04.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Institute of Design and Fine Arts (LAB)


Lahti Campus

Teaching languages

  • Finnish

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Graphic Design


  • Marion Robinson
  • Julia Ojapelto

Scheduling groups

  • Toteutuksen opetusryhmä 1 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Toteutuksen opetusryhmä 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- use the design tools and methods
- select and compare publishing platforms
- use visual storytelling and visual elements (typography, picture, space, format, colors)
- design and produce a publication which supports the content and intended message.

Implementation and methods of teaching

Lectures, tasks, presentations and discussions.

Timing and attendance

The schedule is in the course's Moodle environment. Obligatory presence on the first day, lectures and presentations. There is no need for additional tasks when absent but tasks have to do within given time.

Learning material and recommended literature

Learning materials and literature list are in course's Moodle environment.

Alternative completion methods

Presented evidence of experience and learned skills e.g. in work life.

Working life cooperation

If possible the main task is a co-operation project.

Learning environment

In Mukkulankatu campus and Moodle learning environment.

Student time use and work load

Tasks 50 %, lectures 25 %, literature ja learning tasks 15 %, presentations and discussions 10 %.


During the course students will learn to use Adobe InDesign for creating a publication concept, will get to know different publication types and their characters, forms and formats, publication process and the tasks of the publication team, how to visualise the publication concept, how to work with resource materials and create layout for the outcome,

Assessment criteria

Tasks 85 %, presentations and discussions 15 %.

Assessment scale


Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

A1 Is able to consistently use the professional terminology of publishing and argue actions using industry methods
B1 Is able to apply diversely learnt methods and processes
C3 Is able to act customer-orientated

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

A1 Is able to use broad-based the professional terminology of publishing and communicate taking in consideration the target group
B1 Is able to choose suitable methods and processes for actions and argue the decisions.
C3 Is able to take appropriately in consideration the needs of the target group.

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

A1 Is able to expertly use the professional methods of publishing and based on those build a functional concept
B1 Is able to choose, combine and develop suitable methods and processes for actions
C3 Is able to take responsibility of the whole concept process.