Course Description

Discover the essential features and creative applications of Adobe Illustrator including: core drawing and shape tools, transformation and reshaping features, text manipulation, and the pen tool. This course is for individuals with no prior knowledge or experience with Illustrator or any of its predecessors.

Course Details

Course assignments are application based; at the end of the course, you may be able to use some of this work to build your portfolio.

The software used in this course is Adobe Illustrator CC, which may be downloaded from Adobe at student pricing. No prior versions are taught or reviewed.

Students may register for ICT 436 Adobe Photoshop and ICT 437 Adobe Illustrator in the same term.

Course Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Create simple vector graphics using all the draw and shape tools
  • Learn best practices to enhance workflow
  • Integrate and manipulate colour and type in designs
  • Prepare documents for output to print, web, and video


  • 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 colour: custom, spot and global
  • Working with type
  • Layers essentials
  • Fills, strokes and gradients
  • Working with graphic styles, appearance attributes and effects
  • Illustrator creative techniques


This course content is at the beginner level of the subject matter, however computer proficiency is required:

  • Students must be familiar with the personal computer, keyboard and mouse.
  • Students must have Microsoft Windows Operating systems skills and knowledge, and be able to perform the following tasks:
    • start and run Windows computers
    • use the taskbar, Start button and Help feature
    • use Minimize, Maximize, Restore Down/Up and Close
    • use the left and right mouse buttons appropriately
    • understand file management techniques
    • navigate between files, folders, or drives
    • cutting, copying, and pasting content, files and folders
    • using print screen or snipping tool

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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Online Synchronous
T, Th
6:00PM to 9:00PM
May 19, 2020 to Jun 18, 2020
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $825.00
Required Software
Adobe Illustrator CC, which may be downloaded from Adobe. No prior versions are taught or reviewed.
Reading List / Textbook
No textbook required.
Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

You will require access to a computer with the 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).

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system, and Adobe Connect (AC) web conferencing software. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. If you are unfamiliar with the D2L and AC learning tools it is strongly recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online prior to enrolling in this course. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available one day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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