City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive

Course Dates: 30/07/24 - 01/08/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
A comprehensive introduction to creating vector graphics using Illustrator. Learn how to use the pen tool, shapes, brushes, patterns, live trace and effects and gain experience in techniques and strategies useful to graphic designers and illustrators.
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City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
  • Course Code: VK445
  • Dates: 30/07/24 - 01/08/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Tue-Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Gita Hahn

Course Code: VK445

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Tue-Thu, day, 30 Jul - 01 Aug '24

Duration: 3 sessions

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What is the course about?

Adobe Illustrator is the leading print based vector application used by graphic designers and Illustrators. On this course you will you learn to use Illustrator to create vector graphics, gain an understanding of its terms and concepts, and through practical exercises gain experience in techniques used by professionals.

What will we cover?

- Introduction to the Illustrator environment, concepts and terms
- Working with colour: applying fills, strokes, gradients and patterns to objects
- Identify the differences between vector and raster graphics
- Using varied drawing tools and techniques to create, edit and manipulate artwork
- Introduction to the Bezier pen tools, creating and editing paths
- Working with type in Illustrator including, type to outlines and type on a path
- Saving, filing and exporting work for future development.

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

- Create basic drawings /designs using Illustrator
- Apply colour to fills and strokes
- Use the pen tools to create and manipulate paths.
- Create and apply art brushes
- Create and apply a simple pattern
- Use the transformation tools to manipulate objects
- Save work for future development.

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

No previous knowledge of the software is necessary. However, students should be confident and competent computer users on a Mac or Windows PC and be proficient with a mouse and keyboard in either creative software or a Word processing program. Some awareness of design for print or any other art/design practice is also expected.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs 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?

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.


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

City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.

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.