The University of the arts

Adobe Illustrator
The University of the Arts

CE 024C 01 Adobe Illustrator

CE 024C 01

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Gina Kernan



Summer 2018

  • (Jun. 6 to Aug. 8)
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • (Aug. 6)
  • Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 3.00 Credits
  • 3.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $875 / Fees: $40
Illustrator is a powerful tool that lets artists, illustrators and designers create infinitely scalable vector graphics. Learn how to use the application to create logos and icons, and how to convert drawings to an editable digital format. This course offers a practical overview of Adobe Illustrator's interface, workspace, tools and techniques. You will practice building with shapes, colors, gradients and lines while integrating good use of typography. Skills acquired can be used to design page layouts, website mock-ups or wireframes that add distinction and professionalism to any business or personal project.

Course Overview

Each class will be divided between a lectures/design objectives and in-class work. Some weeks will require students to complete out of classroom assignments. This course will integrate the theory of typography and design within each project by way of examples and readings. Students will be responsible for getting work printed for assignments. Readings, Quizzes, Design Projects, Design Objectives (Lectures), Presentations and Critiques, will all be part of the curriculum.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Have a proficiency in a broad range of design skills pertaining to publication design, including the understanding typography, color, layout, tables, pictures, graphics, styles and interactive elements.
  • Understand the difference between Vector document and Pixel document
  • Working knowledge of workspace
  • Basic skills using the Pen Tool
  • Have the ability to build shapes and design using shape building tools and pathfinder
  • Have a basic understanding of Typography and how it is used in design
  • Be able to use Type and Type tools efficiently
  • Understand Clipping Masks
  • Understand Layers and their uses within Illustrator
  • Have basic working knowledge of Styles and Effects
  • Have the ability to create a well designed layout, logo, or other design materials for print or web
  • Understand Exporting and Output

What will you do in class?

Each class will be divided between a lectures/design objectives and in-class work. Some weeks will require you to complete out of classroom assignments. You will complete three projects: Project 1: Logo Design Project 2: Infographics/Typography
 Project 3: Home Page

What topics will be covered?

  • Getting to Know Illustrator
  • Introducing the Workspace
  • Understanding Vector vs. Pixels
  • Artboards/Pages
  • Understanding bounding boxes & smart guides
  • Tools, Pen Tool, Pathfinder, Shape Building
  • Working with Layers
  • Working with typography
  • Working with Styles, Effects, Fonts, Eyedropper Clipping masks
  • Output & Exporting, CSS
Suggested Readings + Links to other content
Software: Course will be conducted using Adobe Illustrator. Adobe CC is the version we will be using in the classroom. Adobe Acrobat will also be used to view pdf files. Students will have access to the computer labs during the course of the term.
Literature: Required Readings will be supplied by the instructor
Recommended but not Required:
“How to Design Cool Stuff” Before and After Magazine by John Wade
“Thinking with Type” Ellen Lupton
For tutorials and additional help it is recommended to visit or for video tutorials. These tutorials are free and/or low cost.
  • Sketchbook (suggested, for notes, planning projects and idea sketching)
  • USB drive with a minimum memory capacity of 2GB