Leader in Media and Design Courses Chooses App Studio for Digital Publishing Curriculum
Quark announced today that the London College of Communication (LCC), one of the six colleges that make up the University of the Arts London, successfully introduced QuarkXPress 9 as part of the course program for the school's Master of Arts (MA) in Publishing. The college, which specializes in graphic design, advertising, journalism, and publishing, has seen enthusiastic uptake by students who are producing outstanding digital publications with the cross-media design functionality of App StudioTM.
The MA Publishing course is at the forefront of digital developments and actively promotes this aspect of publishing through courses such as "Future Applications for Digital Content," which enables students to experiment with the potential for new digital products. Keith Martin, Senior Lecturer on the LCC's MA Publishing course, said, "We are embedding digital interactive publishing into the course at all levels; from theoretical and financial considerations through to practical production. The digital aspect of publishing is increasingly central to everyone in this industry."
Martin continued, "QuarkXPress 9 has enabled our students to produce working digital prototypes and finished iPad magazines without fuss. This gives our students valuable skills and insights, and it helps them understand the implications and possibilities of the developments that challenge today's publishers."
Gabriela Sánchez-Curiel Nyssen, a graphic designer with experience working for Time Warner Inc. in Mexico and who is now a student at LCC, used QuarkXPress 9 to develop one of her digital projects. She explained, "I used QuarkXPress 9 professionally for the first time in a workshop when completing my MA in Publishing. It took me just two weeks to learn the program and to design my iPad app. I really feel that I got an excellent result.
"QuarkXPress is made for people like me; it's easy to learn and very user-friendly. Most of all, it's a tool made for a normal designer. I don't need to be a very specialized engineer or set aside several years to learn and to write the code."
Peter Schaebbicke, Quark European Channel and Education Programs Director, said, "It's great to see universities like the London College of Communication raising the bar and allowing students to explore the intriguing complexity of today's publishing industry, from producing and designing content to delivering it cost-effectively to multiple platforms. Thanks to QuarkXPress, students can learn skills that will help them to stand out in the ever-evolving publishing sector, where digital is driving revenue and innovation. Quark supports the education sector with very affordable pricing for teachers, students, schools, colleges, and universities, who can have access to a professional publishing tool with a discount of up to 90 percent on the original price."
A detailed case study on how students at the London College of Communication are using QuarkXPress 9 to publish digitally is available here.
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