Adobe Illustrator CC Graphic Design & Illustration Essentials Online Course


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    Adobe Illustrator Online Course. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and design program developed by Adobe Inc. It is widely used by graphic designers, illustrators, and artists for creating a variety of digital and printed images. Illustrator is known for its robust set of tools and capabilities, making it a standard in the industry for professional vector graphic design.

    For the absolute beginner, the course is self-paced and highly-practical, teaching you the fundamental concepts and features through hands-on exercises and assignments and, if you have previous Illustrator experience, we investigate and try out many advanced features, such as blended objects and the drawing of complex paths.

    The course comes with the wide range of sample documents and photographs you will need to practice all of Illustrator’s important features and, by the end of the course, you will have worked with all of Illustrator’s important tools and will be using Illustrator like a professional. 

    The Illustrator CC Essentials course follows the syllabus for the corresponding Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) Examination and, as well as being suitable for beginners, who wish to become proficient in Illustrator’s wide variety of drawing and publication features, the course can be used both as a primer or as a refresher course prior to taking the Adobe examination.

    Qualification: Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator (Optional Exam Required)
    Duration: 1-year course access & support included (120 hours Approx. overall)
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 

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    Course Syllabus

    Unit 1: Getting started

    • Introduction to the Course
    • A Quick Overview of Illustrator’s Main Features
    • The Illustrator Workspace
    • Selecting, Aligning, and Grouping Objects
    • Working with Shapes
    • Working with Paths
    • Basic Design Principles
    • Lesson Review & Quiz
    • Assignment 1 – Create a Circus Poster


    Unit 2: Transforming artwork

    • Introduction
    • Working with Artboards
    • Transforming Content
    • Drawing with the Pen Tool
    • Drawing and Editing Curves
    • Working with Colour
    • Lesson Review & Quiz
    • Assignment 2 – Draw an Australia State Map


    Unit 3: Working with type and layers

    • Introduction
    • Working with Type
    • Formatting Text
    • Text Effects
    • Working with Layers
    • Lesson Review & Quiz
    • Assignment 3 – Creating a Fitness Infographic


    Unit 4: Gradients, blends, patterns and brushes

    • Introduction
    • Working with Gradients
    • Working with Blended Objects
    • Designing with Patterns
    • Painting with Brushes
    • Creating and Editing Graphs
    • Lesson Review & Quiz
    • Assignment 4 – Creating a “Lighthouse at Night” Drawing


    Unit 5: Effects, styles and symbols

    • Introduction
    • Using the Appearance Panel
    • Working with Effects and Filters
    • Using Graphic Styles
    • Working with Symbols
    • Creative Cloud Libraries
    • Lesson Review and Quiz
    • Assignment 5 Creating Your Own Symbols


    Unit 6: Finishing up

    • Introduction
    • Images Extra
    • Creating Mobile Content
    • Exporting Assets
    • Setting Project Requirements
    • Project Management Techniques
    • Lesson Review & Quiz
    • Assignment 6 – Creating a Cartoon Cat
    • The Adobe Certified Associate Program


    Entry Requirements

    You should have a working knowledge of your computer and operating system, including accessing the frequently-used menus and commands, and how to open, save, and close files.

    Computer & Software Requirements:

    To complete this course you will need a Windows or Apple Mac PC with at least 1gb of spare disk space and a subscription to Adobe’s Illustrator CC software, with both Illustrator CC and Bridge CC installed.


    You will be assessed on the completed assignments contained in the training programme. The coursework consists of a series of graphic design and illustration assignments. At the end of the course, you submit your coursework to your course tutor for assessment and feedback.

    Optional Exam Voucher

    All students have the option to purchase Adobe Exam Vouchers for £156.00 which will cover the cost of the exam at participating exam centres. We keep this fee optional as not all learners will want to complete the Adobe exams.voucher to make sure a suitable participating exam centre is available.

    A voucher would be required for each Adobe exam you sit. An additional proctoring fee will also need to be paid to the exam centre for each exam arranged.

    Please Note: It is the students responsibility to source suitable exam centres. We advise researching exam centres prior to purchasing an exam

    Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport Testing Centre. You should choose the Program, Version and Exam before adding your location for a list of suitable exam centres.

    Please Note: Exam Centres will usually charge an additional proctoring fee (Approximately £15.00) for sitting exams.

    Course Outcome

    On successful completion of this course students will receive our Adobe Illustrator Essentials Certificate of Completion. Students can also apply for the Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator Exam/

    14 Day Money Back Guarantee

    Once course access has been provided you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If you are not happy for any reason at all, simply email our accounts department with your request to cancel on [email protected]. We will offer a full refund. No questions asked !

    Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. We will not refund you under any circumstances outside of the legal 14 day cooling off period. If you have opted to finance your course with Payl8r finance you are legally obliged to pay the balance of your fees once the 14 day period expires.

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