Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

Course Dates: 28/04/20 - 26/05/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Gita Hahn

Explore basic graphic design techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator. Learn about paths, gradients, pen tools, brush patterns, text effects and more.


What is the course about?

Exciting techniques are now available to graphic designers using Adobe Illustrator. This practical course will provide you with a basic introduction to drawing and design with this software.

What will we cover?

Introduction to the Illustrator environment
Paths, stroke and fill
Blends and gradients
Introduction to Bezier pen tools
Creating brush patterns
Manipulating text and text on a curve
Effects with text
Using the transformation tools
Saving work.

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

Recognise the Adobe Illustrator interface
Use the drawing tools to create basic shapes and designs
Create, format and manipulate text
Apply effects to text
Use the pen tool to create and manipulate curves
Create brush patterns
Use the transformation tools to transform shapes.

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

Suitable for beginners to Illustrator. You should be familiar with the basics of computing, although this does not need to be on Apple Macs. You should be able to work confidently with the keyboard and mouse in either a word processing or a creative software program.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Film, Animation, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. 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, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Film, Animation, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.

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

The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course.It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to).
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

You can develop your skills further in Adobe Illustrator: stage 2, Photoshop: stage 1, InDesign: stage 1 or you can compliment your skills in a range of short courses in Adobe Illustrator, Illustration, graphic design and topography, animation, drawing and after effects.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VG486

Tue, eve, 28 Apr - 26 May '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £152.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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