What is the course about?
In this course, you will learn to use the essential tools in Illustrator using up-to-date software in one of our well-equipped and fully accessible studios at our Covent Garden site.
Through creative demonstrations and practical exercises, you will learn Illustrator’s fundamental tools and panels. Starting with the pen tool to understand and design vector graphics from scratch, you will quickly learn how design with simple shapes and manipulate them to create graphics, designs and illustrations. You will learn how to design with type and how to save graphics effectively. You will create patterns and symbols to use in your illustrations and save your graphics for different formats.
This course will enable students to design with Illustrator for the Web and print, whether you’re working as a company employee, freelance or to produce your personal projects.
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our CityLit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance..
What will we cover?
• Managing Illustrator work environment
• The Layers panel
• Rulers and measurements
• Vector Graphics
• Pen tool- drawing with Paths
• Stroke, Fill and gradients
• Drawing with Shapes
• Editing and transforming Shapes
• Creating complex graphics
• Designing with Type
• Creating patterns
• Creating and Spraying Symbols
• Tracing Bitmaps
• File Formats for print and Web.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
You will learn in a relaxed environment with a small group of up to 8 people.
• Choose colour space effectively
• Create multi-layered images
• Create and manipulate vector graphics
• Draw using the Pen Tool
• Draw using the Shape Tool
• Apply colour to fills and strokes
• Build complex shapes
• Create illustrations with type
• Create symbols and patterns
• Trace a vector from a bitmap image
• Save and export in various file formats – both for print and web.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of Illustrator is required, but you should know how to use a computer, copying and move files around the system proficiently.
If you are new to using Apple computers you might find our course useful ‘An introduction to Apple Mac computers’ that run each term.
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?
The course consists of creative and practical activities, discussions and step by step demonstrations. One-to-one guidance and support will be given throughout. Notes will be provided.
The course will be taught inside the classroom.
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual. Notes will be provided.
Please note the Build uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, 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). Notes are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further in VG490 Adobe Illustrator: stage 2. Build offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details