An Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

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This course is intended to give you an overview of the basic principles, features and essential tools of the software programme Adobe Illustrator. This powerful, industry-standard vector program is compatible with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and forms part of the Adobe Design Suite. It’s an important aspect of any designer’s set of digital tools.

Adobe Illustrator is aimed at professionals as well as enthusiastic amateurs, and enables artists and designers to create logos, illustrations and technical drawings for use in print or on the web. Drawing can be simple or complex, and you can blend, use layers, create masks and apply many other features. Used alongside InDesign and Photoshop ‘Illustrator’ is a powerful package enabling digital drawings and graphics to be made ready for print or web, and to professional standards. Our course will enable you to get the most out of this software.

You will learn how to navigate the basic Adobe Illustrator menus to get you started, and also find and use some of the hidden tools and features. By the end of the course, you will be able to use vector drawing skills to create your own digital graphics and drawings from scratch. By the final session you will be given the opportunity to gain practical experience of using these skills, and apply your knowledge to your own designs with guidance from the course tutor.

After an initial introduction to the software, the course will cover:

  • The characteristics of a vector graphic.
  • Using vector based graphics on their own and with other visual design tools.
  • Drawing computer graphics.
  • Using vector drawing tools.
  • Developing your own designs.
  • Creating illustrations, logos and web graphics.
  • Preparing your graphics for print or the web.

Professional guidance is essential to get the most out of this complex programme, allowing you to harness the power and potential of Illustrator.

Our 6 week InDesign course explains layouts and perfectly complements our ‘Illustrator’ course.

Course expert

Claire Vincent

Course dates

This course is run on a Tuesday evening from 19.00 - 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 19 January to 23 February 2021

Course length

6 weeks

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other Creative Arts short courses, please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers. 

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link

Entry requirements...

To be able to maintain the pace of this course you should: -

  • Have computer skills that are above a basic level 
  • Have some experience using programs such as Word or Photoshop
  • Be expected to navigate files and folders on a computer and understand how to use Google's Search Engine.
  • This course is taught on Mac Computers in our Apple Suite



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
19/01/202123/02/2021Tuesdays 19:00 - 21:30£230Apply online