In this course, the key features of Illustrator will be covered, including how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, the Pen tool, and exporting and printing files.
Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is very steep.
This course is designed for those who want to master the fundamentals of Illustrator by getting into the Illustrator mindset and overcoming its learning curve. This includes those individuals who have an interest in creating top-of-the-line vector artwork and complex graphics design. This course requires no prior knowledge or experience with Illustrator or any of its predecessors, but does assume mastery of the fundamentals of Photoshop.
- This course does not have prerequisites, students must however meet the recommendations and requirements in the Notes section along with any proficiencies identified below.
- Students may register for ICT 436 Adobe Photoshop and ICT 437 Adobe Illustrator in the same term.
All instruction is instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:
- In Class - all classes are taught in a classroom lab.
- Online - all classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
- Blended - delivery is both in a classroom lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.
It is the students responsibility to carefully read the course section content below to know which delivery options are available for the course they are registering into.
- Registrations within 24 hours of course start time must be made by phone (403-220-2988).
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Course Level Learning Outcomes
- Understand Principles of Vector Graphics Creation
- Compose Complex Illustrations using a Variety of Draw and Shape tools
- Create and Utilize Layer structures to enhance workflow
- Implement Design Principles and Elements in Compositions
- Integrate and Manipulate Type in Designs
- Manage Colour and Prepare Documents for Output to Web, Print, and Video
Topics of Instruction
- Understanding and Navigating the Illustrator Workspace
- Functions of Illustrator Tools and Panels
- Creating, Viewing and Navigating Documents
- Creating and Editing Shapes and Objects including Symbols and the Shape Builder Tool
- Transforming Objects
- Selecting and Isolating Objects
- Exporting and Printing Documents
- Pen and Pencil Tools
- Working with Colours: Custom, Spot and Global
- Working with Type
- Layers Essentials
- Fills, Strokes and Gradients
- Working with Graphic Styles, Appearance Attributes and Effects
- Illustrator Creative Techniques
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Recommendations and Requirements
Courses are 30 hours and are scheduled to be completed in either 5 weeks or 10 weeks. Generally, 5 week courses have two classes per week, and 10 week courses have one class per week.
Courses may be delivered in class, online, or blended (both in class and online). All delivery formats will use Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect Meeting (ACM) tools to varying degrees and it is the students responsibility to ensure they are comfortable with these tools prior to the start of the first class.
Students are encouraged to read Student Online Learning Resources to determine the delivery format that will best meet their learning needs.
- Students familiar with D2L and ACM from previous course work, require no further introduction to these learning tools.
- Students who register into an in class only course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take the necessary time to fully explore these learning tools prior to the start of class.
- Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
For online and blended delivery, students should have access to their own computer with required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors). Students should test their environment prior to the start of class to ensure everything is working properly.
Students will need access to software outside the classroom lab to enable work on assignments, projects, and other course work.
- The software used in this course is Adobe Illustrator CC which may be downloaded from Adobe.
- If necessary, additional requirements will be announced at the start of the course.
It is strongly recommended that students attend every class. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate potential absenteeism to the instructor.
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