Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals (Weekend) - Nottingham Trent University



Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard vector graphics software to use for print, multimedia and online graphics. It’s ideal for creating vector graphics and digital illustrations, logos, icons, artwork, typography and infographics; Adobe Illustrator allows you to scale your file to any size without losing quality. This course is suitable for anyone looking to produce professional quality computer graphics for either artistic pursuits or professional projects. It’s also ideal if you’ve attempted to learn the basics online and would like to consolidate your skills and learn the most efficient ways of working in the software, as you’ll be learning directly from an expert with years of knowledge and experience. You’ll be introduced to the main functions of Adobe Illustrator as well as receiving industry level tips, tricks and shortcuts, so that you can efficiently create and prepare graphics with maximum visual impact. Through practical projects, you’ll develop your skills in the software and use a range of tools and techniques to create digital drawings and graphics ready for print or to use online. You’ll have dedicated, uninterrupted study time in our industry standard Mac suites, using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator software. On this course, you will: • learn how to create and size files for digital and printed formats • produce layers and layer styles • discover the most crucial tools such the pen tool, brushes and the rectangle tool • understand the key role of Adobe Illustrator among the other Adobe applications • understand what a vector artwork is, its main uses and advantages • build custom shapes • create gradients • understand and practise using layers • create a series of digital artworks that utilise key illustrator features • learn how to save and export files in various formats. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions. What will you gain? You’ll be challenged creatively with the support of a small group of like-minded people, with lots individual attention from the tutor to support your projects. By the end of the course, you’ll be confident in using Adobe Illustrator to create your own digital graphics and drawings from initial idea to final artwork for a variety of uses. A certificate of attendance will be awarded upon completion of the course. Here’s what our previous attendees said: ‘Easy to follow course and instructions, I enjoyed the creative aspect and the time allowed to get to grips with the tools’ CM 'I chose this course as I wanted to learn a new skill. I have gained a good foundation and understanding of Adobe Illustrator' SW 'This course gave me an understanding of a tool I had previously known nothing about. I love learning new things, and this course enabled me to do this' AS 'Great course, very informative and I really enjoyed it. We worked at our own pace, and used techniques taught towards our own projects which meant we got a good practical experience' MP 'Really enjoyed it, would love to do another one so I can expand my knowledge even more! It was good to learn the basics of the software and how to control and manipulate each tool' KS 'This course has inspired me to pursue graphic design and illustration in my future professional life. The tutor was great, they had seemingly endless patience, it was a privledge to be taught by them' J Tutor profile: Jason Holroyd is an award-winning graphic designer, art director and illustrator. Jason graduated from NTU with a degree in graphic design and has over 15 years industry experience, working with clients and agencies such as 4 Creative, Arts Council England and Warner Brothers Records. He has been teaching for over 12 years and is currently an associate lecturer on the NTU graphic design degree course. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Nottingham School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You’ll find collaborative working spaces where you develop your sketches and concepts, and IT suites equipped with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.


4 weeks

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Wheelchair users
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Evenings
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ