Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

Course Dates: 30/09/21 - 04/11/21
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
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Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00

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Course Code: VG481

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Started Thu, day, 30 Sep - 04 Nov '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This practical course stage offers a rounded introduction to Adobe be it for design or illustration. Best known as the vector application for creating logos and icons Illustrator is widely used in the graphic design, illustration, fashion, packaging, marketing and branding industries for print and web.

This is an online course and you will need to have access to the latest version of Adobe® Creative Cloud for Illustrator, which is what will be used to teach this course.
Please note that versions older than CC are not suitable for this course, as there are too many differences and as a result students will not be able to perform many of the same functions on their own computers.
Unfortunately, due to the range of hardware and software used by students at home, the College is unable to provide advice on installation issues.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Introduction to the Illustrator environment:
• Terminology, workspace and artboards
• Grids and guides
• Paths, strokes and fill
• Working with colour for print and screen
• Creating, manipulating and transforming basic shapes
• Working with features for logos and icons:
• Setting up a tracing template
• Plotting and amending paths with Bezier pen tools
• Using the Pencil, cutting and join tools
• Introduction to the Type tools
• Manipulating type and type on a curved path
• Simplifying artwork and information
• Uses for Blends and gradients
• Introduction to the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools
• Working with Layers
• Using the transformation tools to transform artwork
• Saving work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Navigate the Adobe Illustrator interface
• Use drawing tools to create basic shapes and designs
• Use the Pen tool to create and manipulate curves
• Place and trace over a tracing template
• Format and manipulate type
• Create an icon or a logo
• Create a simple info graphic
• Use transformation tools to transform artwork.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introduction to Illustrator. Students should have good computing skills with some knowledge of Mac or Windows systems and be confident in using the keyboard and mouse either in using the Microsoft Word processing program or with text based creative software.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instruction. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, and by completing practical exercises on Computer. Each student has access to a computer for practical work. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. Notes will be provided.

Should you wish to practice homework you will need to have access to your own Adobe® Creative Cloud licence for Illustrator, which is what will be used to teach this course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

This is an online course and you will need to have access to the latest version of Adobe® Creative Cloud for Illustrator, which is what will be used to teach this course.
Please note that versions older than CC are not suitable for this course, as there are too many differences and as a result students will not be able to perform many of the same functions on their own computers.
Unfortunately, due to the range of hardware and software used by students at home, the College is unable to provide advice on installation issues.

A pen and paper to take notes. Step-by-step instruction, with demonstrations where appropriate, will help you grasp the concepts. You may also find that having a couple of sheets of A4 paper and a ruler to hand would also be useful. Handouts for this course will be provided electronically in Google Classroom and are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or, if you have full Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC) so may want to have Acrobat on your personal home computer.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further in either Adobe Illustrator: stage 2 or through a range of courses in graphics, illustration, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, web design and animation.

Gita Hahn

Gita’s practice as a graphic designer and illustrator spans many years and disciplines within the field. She has worked in print and screen-based media across major broadcast, corporate, NGO, publishing and state sectors. Gita went digital in 1991. She brings her experience and knowledge to teaching Adobe Creative Cloud apps for design and Illustration in different departments within Visual Arts at City Lit. She started teaching evening and weekend courses at City Lit in 2006, having previously provided bespoke workplace-training for companies and organisations. Her classes are regarded as fun, friendly and challenging, with extensive resources for both in-and-after course study.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.