Adobe Illustrator - Saturday Intensive - Introduction

This intensive introductory course over three Saturdays is designed for those keen to grasp the basics of Adobe's industry-standard vector graphics software Illustrator CC. You will learn how to use Illustrator’s powerful brushes and other tools and effects to create the distinctive flat colour artwork used in comic strips and other illustrative graphics, graphs etc.

Course Content

What will the course cover?

Your course will explore the power and versatility of Illustrator CC in a series of practical exercises designed to build your knowledge and develop confidence in your creative ability to use this industry-standard vector software for design and illustration purposes.

Topics covered include:
- navigate the Illustrator interface
- the Illustrator toolbox
- vector v raster
- creating shapes
- reshaping tools
- free transform (scale, rotate, warp etc)
- scissors and slice
- gradients and perspective
- the pen and pencil tools
- live trace and live paint
- individual project

This course can function as a stand-alone introductory course in Illustrator CC but is also designed to be taken in conjunction with C01641 Adobe Photoshop Saturday Intensive (Introduction) and C01642 Adobe InDesign Saturday Intensive (Introduction) which follow later in the year. Combined, these three courses will give you a good fundamental knowledge of how these programs work together seamlessly to produce fliers, brochures, magazines, logos etc.

Intermediate courses in these three programs will be available subsequently so that you can continue to develop your skills and technical knowledge after completion of the introductory courses.

Course outcomes:

You will learn how to create vector artwork.
You will learn how to design a logo using Adobe Illustrator.
You will learn how to export your designs using the various industry standard vector file formats such as AI, PDF & SVG.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

Open to beginners

This course will most likely be taught in our Mac suite, so a basic working knowledge of Apple Mac computers would be desirable.

Additional Information

• If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only 6 learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.