Distance Education Diploma Programs

Visual Publishing and Web Design

Employment is expected to grow. Talented designers will always have work.

Average Salary $40,060

Training time: 52 weeks

Start a career in Visual Publishing and Web Design

Let’s face it – not everyone is creative. Business owners are experts of their own company but they don’t necessarily know how to attract the attention of their target market effectively.

Good graphic and web designers are able to quickly communicate marketing messages to customers through visual mediums. We rely heavily on what we see and in this program you will learn how to manipulate colors, fonts and images to create impressive and professional designs. You’ll learn graphic design fundamentals such as color theory, typography and the history of design, AND you’ll master the most sought after graphic design software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. To top it off, you’ll learn how to create web pages and enhance them with Flash animations and sound!

With demand exceeding supply it has never been a better time to get into this exciting field and we can help you get there. Enroll today! What are you waiting for?!

What You Need to Get There

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Visual Publishing and Web Design

Visual Publishing and Web Design Diploma Program

Includes all of these courses:

Discovering the Internet Course
Fundamentals of Design Course
Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Course
Discovering Computers 2014 Course
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Course
Microsoft Word 2013 Course
Adobe Flash CS6 Course
Adobe Illustrator CS6 Course
Microsoft Windows 8 Course
Adobe InDesign CS6 Course
OH&S Course
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MDE Provides Flexible Training and Quick Online Courses that Lead to Real Jobs

If your aim is to work in any of these fields, then THIS program is for you:

  • Advertising Artist
  • Art Room Supervisor
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Layout Designer
  • Prepress Technician
  • Web Page Designer
  • Workflow Coordinator

Detailed Content

MDE programs contain practical, easy-to-follow lessons. Each lesson introduces fundamental skills followed by practice exercises to help you apply the material you've learned, and testing to ensure you've learned the objectives.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

Dreamweaver is the standard in authoring tools for managing Websites and Internet applications. Create interactive Web pages containing text, images, hyperlinks, animation, sound and video. Publish with ease, incorporate functionality into Websites, and create dynamic responses to user input. Dreamweaver does it all in a graphical user interface environment.

You will become familiar with the Dreamweaver workspace, learn how to develop a Web page, use styles and style sheets, add media objects, and manage Website links.

Adobe Flash CS6

Flash can provide high impact web experiences for a user. It can make the site come alive and turn text and pictures into an interactive and dynamic experience!

You will learn to add multimedia such as animations, sound, graphics and even movies to web pages!

You will learn concepts of Flash such as creating animations, using special effects, and using sound and video. This latest version of Flash has the ability to enhance the workspace, import Photoshop and Illustrator files, and use Flash planning and workflow processes.

Adobe Illustrator CS6

Illustrator is the premiere tool for creating vector based drawings and illustrations, and is very important for logo design. This course covers the fundamental concepts and progresses to in-depth explorations of the software's full set of features.

Explore drawing and composing, patterns, effects, distort images, texture, gradients, symbols, graphs and transparencies. Prepare a document for pre-press and printing or for the web.

You will put learned concepts and skills into a real-world context by preparing a series of design projects.

Adobe InDesign CS6

Use this comprehensive software program to create output-ready layouts for anything from a coupon to a full color magazine.

InDesign provides many options for creating comprehensive layouts - setting up a document, formatting text and body copy, designing display headlines, working with process and non-process colors, placing graphics from Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop within your layout.

You will set up documents with frames and link graphics. Work with tabs, tables, and transparencies, or layout a book with a table of contents and an index. When you have mastered these techniques, learn to prepare and package a document for printing.

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Adobe Photoshop, an image-editing program, will allow you to edit existing artwork or create new masterpieces that can be integrated into many other software applications.

This course is practical for anyone who wants to learn about editing techniques such as; how to repair and restore damaged areas within an image, combine images or create graphics. Explore tools such as Smart Objects, Smart Filters, and the Quick Selection Tool - learn to get the most out of Photoshop.

There is focus on both the artistic and technical features of Photoshop. You will progress from basic to advanced Photoshop techniques - building on the skills acquired.

Discovering Computers 2014

As technology continues to advance, computers are a part of everyday life.  This makes computer knowledge vital to success in today's world. 

To properly make full use of your computer, you will learn about the hardware needed, the best software to use, and how to navigate the Internet.  You also will discover how to input information and get information (or output) from your computer!

Learn the history of computers and the Internet to see just how far technology has advanced!

Discovering the Internet

This course is an introduction to using the Internet and the World Wide Web.  Learn to find information, communicate with others and conduct business.  Explore a wide range of topics such as; connecting to the Internet, navigating a Web page, online communications, and protecting your computer from viruses.

Email is one of the most popular features of the Internet. Explore elements of an email, email etiquette, learn how to review an incoming email and to compose and send an email.

Once you have mastered the basics, you will then learn to get more out of the Internet. Learn to shop online, manage your personal finances, research topics, play online games, and find information on news, sports and weather!

Fundamentals of Design

This course designed for those interested in working with print, moving image, and digital media.

You will start out by understanding the principles of design and then moving on to the practice of design. Learn how to adapt designs to suit different projects, including information on digital imaging techniques, motion graphics, and designing for web and small-screen applications. Understand styles of layout, typography, color fundamentals, photography basics, digital printing, visual design and coding, and web design software.

Exploring how ideas evolve, you will learn how to work with images, set up files for printing, and build and structure a website. You'll also gain the added advantage of learning the “soft skills’ employers seek out in their best employees, such as, self-discipline, organization, time management and multi-tasking.

Microsoft Windows 8

Expand your understanding of Windows 8 through experimentation, exploration, and planning ahead.

Windows 8 introduces a brand new way of interacting with computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.  The new interface, which includes tiles, charms, and apps, will revolutionize how people work.

This course will teach the new interface and approach in a way that is easy to learn; exposing you to real-world examples and procedures preparing you to be a skilled operating system user upon completion.

Windows 8 can be customized to fit your individual needs. You will learn skills to use in your personal and professional life such as; to customize desktops, to install hardware and software, to manage folders, to perform advanced searches, to create a document, to save pictures, and to play a music file.

Microsoft Word 2013

This course covers Word 2013 and teaches via step by step video tutorials. You will learn to create, edit and format documents; creating MLA-style research papers; working with tables; using advanced page layout techniques; working with graphics; performing a mail merge; and collaborating with others.

Explore concepts such as changing document settings, creating letterhead, editing and formatting tables. You‘ll learn to create, review, and publish important documents; sharing them in print, through e-mail, and on the web.


No matter what type of business or industry you work in, there’s a need for safety practices and procedures. Every year in Canada, many preventable workplace accidents occur. All workers are equally responsible to help prevent these accidents from happening.

Why wait for bad things to happen? Prepare for today.

This Occupational Health and Safety Course will explain employer and employee rights, explore roles and responsibilities as well as examine OH&S Legislation in jurisdictions throughout Canada.

Lessons You Will Learn

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Dreamweaver
Lesson 2: Developing a Web Page
Lesson 3: Working with Text Cascading Style Sheets
Lesson 4: Adding Images
Lesson 5: Working with Links and Navigation
Lesson 6: Positioning Objects with CSS and Tables
Lesson 7: Managing a Web Server and Files
Lesson 8: Using Styles and Style Sheets for Design
Lesson 9: Collecting Data with Forms
Lesson 10: Positioning Objects with AP DIVS
Lesson 11: Adding Media and Interactivity
Lesson 12: Creating and Using Templates
Lesson 13: Working with Library Items and Snippets
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Adobe Flash
Lesson 2: Drawing Objects in Adobe Flash
Lesson 3: Working with Symbols and Interactivity
Lesson 4: Creating Animations
Lesson 5: Creating Special Effects
Lesson 6: Preparing and Publishing Movies
Lesson 7: Importing and Modifying Graphics
Lesson 8: Building Complex Animations
Lesson 9: Introduction to ActionScript
Lesson 10: Using ActionScript to enhance User Experience
Lesson 11: Adding Sound and Video
Lesson 12: Developing Mobile Applications
Lesson 1: Getting to know Illustrator
Lesson 2: Creating Text and Gradients
Lesson 3: Drawing and Composing an Illustration
Lesson 4: Transforming and Distorting Objects
Lesson 5: Working with Layers
Lesson 6: Working with Patterns and Brushes
Lesson 7: Working With Distortions, Gradient Meshes, Envelopes, and Blends
Lesson 8: Recoloring Artwork and Working with Transparency, Effects, and Graphic Styles
Lesson 9: Creating and Designing Graphs
Lesson 10: Creating 3D Objects
Lesson 11: Preparing a Document for Prepress and Printing
Lesson 12: Drawing with Symbols
Lesson 13: Preparing Graphics for the Web
Lesson 1: Getting to know InDesign
Lesson 2: Working with Text
Lesson 3: Setting up a Document
Lesson 4: Working with Frames
Lesson 5: Working with Color
Lesson 6: Working with Placed Images
Lesson 7: Creating Graphics
Lesson 8: Exploring Effects and Advanced Techniques
Lesson 9: Working with Tabs and Tables
Lesson 10: Making Books, Tables of Contents and Indexes
Lesson 11: Preparing, Packaging, and Exporting Documents for print
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop CS6
Lesson 2: Learning Photoshop Basics
Lesson 3: Working with Layers
Lesson 4: Making Selections
Lesson 5: Incorporating Color Techniques
Lesson 6: Placing Type in an Image
Lesson 7: Using Painting Tools
Lesson 8: Working with Special Layer Functions
Lesson 9: Creating Special Effects with Filters
Lesson 10: Enhancing Specific Selections
Lesson 11: Adjusting Colors
Lesson 12: Using Clipping Masks, Paths, and Shapes
Lesson 13: Transforming Type
Lesson 14: Liquifying an Image
Lesson 15: Performing Image Surgery
Lesson 16: Annotating and Automating an Image
Lesson 17: Creating Images for the Web
Lesson 18: Working with Animation, Video, and Photography
Lesson 1: Digital Literacy Introducing a World of Technology
Lesson 2: The Internet; Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating
Lesson 3: Computers and Mobile Devices; Evaluating the Possibilities
Lesson 4: Programs and Apps; Using Software at Work, School, and Home
Lesson 5: Digital Safety and Security; Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses
Lesson 6: Inside Computers and Mobile Devices; Exploring the Components
Lesson 7: Input and Output; Examining Popular Devices
Lesson 8: Digital Storage; Preserving on Media and in the Cloud
Lesson 9: Operating Systems; Managing, Coordinating, and Monitoring Resources
Lesson 1: Into the Internet
Lesson 2: Browsing the Web
Lesson 3: Searching the Web
Lesson 4: Communicating Online
Lesson 5: Getting More Out of the Internet
Lesson 1: Research and Early Concepts
Lesson 2: Fundamentals of Composition
Lesson 3: Fundamentals of Typography
Lesson 4: Fundamentals of Color
Lesson 5: Tools and Technologies
Lesson 6: Production Process and Issues
Lesson 7: Web Design Basics
Lesson 8: Commercial Applications
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Windows 8
Lesson 2: File and Folder Management
Lesson 3: Personalizing Windows
Lesson 4: Connecting to the Internet
Lesson 5: Working with the Windows Desktop
Lesson 1: Creating, Formatting, and Editing a Word Document with Pictures
Lesson 2: Creating a Research Paper with References and Sources
Lesson 3: Creating a Business Letter with a Letterhead and Table
Lesson 4: Creating a Document with a Title Page, Lists, Tables and a Watermark
Lesson 5: Using a Template to Create a Resume and Sharing a Finished Document
Lesson 6: Generating Form Letters, Mailing Labels, and a Directory
Lesson 7: Creating a Newsletter with a Pull-Quote and Graphics
Lesson 1: Glossary & Introduction
Lesson 2: The Department, The Division, and The Act
Lesson 3: Employer, Employees, and Safety Officers: Roles and Responsibilities
Lesson 4: OH&S Responsibilities for Organizations
Lesson 5: Workers’ Rights – The 4 R’s
Lesson 6: Information Regarding OH&S Legislation in Other Provinces


Certification exams for this program include:

What You Get

You receive all of this and more with your education

What's Included

What You Can Expect

  • Microsoft Specialist Certification Exam Vouchers
  • Practical hands-on exercises that reinforce critical skills
  • Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned into context
  • Simulation tutorials
  • Tutorials
  • Unlimited Support