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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (Online)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course introduces students to Adobe Illustrator, an industry standard for Illustrators and Graphic Designers. Whether you are new to Illustrator or just needing a refresher, this course will guide you through the various elements such as vector working, using type and editing drawings for a variety of media such as web, print or video.

Short 1:1 sessions with the tutor will be offered to students once a week within the times outlined below:

Mondays 5.20-6.50pm and Thursdays 5.20-6.50pm

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

By signing up to the course students will be given access to a free Adobe Creative Cloud licence to the suite of software for the duration of the course. Details will be provided after you have signed up for a course.

Special Information

  • Computer with internet access

  • Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Illustrator installed

  • Note pad

Content of Course

1. Getting started - Navigating and exploring Adobe Illustrator, understanding what the software is used for.

2. Understanding Vector drawing.

3. Exploring the Drawing tools and understand Bézier curves, the root of drawing in Illustrator.

4. Explore measuring objects, being able to place them with precision.

5. Explore working with and adding type.

6. A project that focuses upon creating a brand mark.

7. Explore trace and colour based on your own drawings and artwork using Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Colour.

8. Explore exporting for web, print and other media.

Teaching method(s)

Teaching will be fully online. Students will need an up-to-date web browser, microphone (ideally head set), webcam and strong Internet connection.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the Adobe Illustrator software package.

  • Demonstrate an ability to use the key features of Adobe Illustrator software.

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the skills learnt to a project.


Core Readings

Web Sources

Illustrator on Adobe TV

Illustrator online help (accessible from the Help menu within Illustrator)

Class Handouts


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.