From Books to Zines: Graphic Design for Publication

Applications are no longer available for summer 2020. Check back October 1, 2020 for additional information on our summer 2021 programming!

Location: Online

Print and digital publications come in all forms and cover a wide variety of important, worldly topics. From political magazines to young adult novels, there are vibrant design opportunities across a spectrum of fields and interests for anyone with the skills to blend design and story. This online course looks at what makes each of those publication types unique, as well as what design elements contribute to making them each a powerful medium in their own right.

An introduction to the basic principles of visual design, daily lessons will be applied to communication problems involving message and audience. After two weeks, students will develop conceptual and problem-solving skills and use them to create graphic form for digital Zine (e-magazine).

This course will cover fundamentals of messaging, image-making, word and image exercises, typographic hierarchy, generating powerful ideas, digital collages, and designing an interactive PDF.

Participants will leave the workshop with submissions for their portfolio or pieces they can submit during the college application process.


    • Gain a basic understanding of principles and practices of electronic imaging as they apply to graphics, art and design
    • Develop conceptual and problem-solving skills to create graphic form for a range of content
    • Understand the elements of design for e-publication and how to apply them, including systems, navigational devices, typography and image-making
  • Application Fee: $60

    2020 Program Cost: $2,400

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for online two-week, non-credit course
    • Course books and materials*
    • College preparedness workshops with LMU Admission and Financial Aid offices
    • Career readiness workshops with LMU's Career and Professional Development office
    • Online social activities with LMU's student ambassadors 

    *A personal computer or video conferencing capable mobile device and internet access are required for this course and are not covered in the cost of tuition and fees. 

    *Student will be required to obtain access to Adobe Creative Suite. One month of access is $19.99 for students.

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Tuition and Fees page

  • This class is open to rising high school juniors and seniors. 


    • Online Application
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • High School Transcripts
    • $60 Application Fee
    • TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)


Applications are no longer available for summer 2020. Check back October 1, 2020 for additional information on our summer 2021 programming!