Illustrator: stage 1

Course Dates: 26/09/18 - 31/10/18
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Gita Hahn

Explore basic graphic design techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, gradients, pen tools, brush patterns, text effects and more.


What is the course about?

Exciting techniques are now available to graphic designers using Adobe Illustrator. This practical course will provide you with a basic introduction to drawing and design with this software.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“The large amount of content covered, good fast pace. Estelle clearly cares about this!”

“Fantastic opportunity to create (in a small way) what we see around us (media, magazines etc).”

“The pace of the course was good. The tutor was very helpful.”

“Estelle is a really good teacher. She was patient, very good, made us feel comfortable with the task and was very helpful – always made everyone understand what was going on.”

“Learning how to use patterns in design and animating drawings. FAB!”

“ Having a chance at putting the new knowledge gained into practice with useful exercises.”

“I liked the tasks given for us to try on our own as it gave me time to try out things in a real setting.”


What will we cover?

Introduction to the Illustrator environment.
Paths, stroke and fill.
Blends and gradients.
Introduction to Bezier pen tools.
Creating brush patterns.
Manipulating text and text on a curve.
Effects with text.
Using the transformation tools.
Saving work.

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

Understand the Adobe Illustrator interface.
Use the drawing tools to create basic shapes and designs.
Create, format and manipulate text
Apply effects to text
Use the pen tool to create and manipulate curves.
Create brush patterns.
Use the transformation tools to transform shapes.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“Confidence to put some ideas down into digital practice. So much better than watching bad telly!” EW

“A good understanding of the main tools in Illustrator. Practice using the main tools.” MG

“Great understanding of basic Illustrator concepts. Ability to create my own artwork,.” ML

“Learnt a lot more about using Illustrator especially transparency masks and gradient mesh.” AH


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

This is an introduction to Illustrator but experience in using Apple Mac computers is required. You are expected to be able to use the mouse and keyboard, save and retrieve files and use drop down menus.
Please note the Build uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Film, Animation, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.
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 Build 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?

The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course.
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.)

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

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


Book your place

Course Code: VG481

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Wed, eve, 26 Sep - 31 Oct '18

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £146.00
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