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Adobe Illustrator Intermediate Short Course

Course description

Taught through a series of tutor demonstrations and exercises, this course is ideal for you if you already have some prior experience of using the software, but want to get the most out of your package

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Create complex and professional gradients
  • Trace bitmap images and manipulate these in Illustrator
  • Add text to images for integrated design
  • Create 3D images - ideal for package design and architectural imaging

Who Should Attend
This course is for artists and designers wishing to expand their application of Illustrator. The course builds on previous knowledge to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the programme.


Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

It can take a few moments for our course dates to load - if there are no available dates, please contact our customer service team who will help you find a course or email you when new dates become available.
Make an enquiry or call us on 0207 514 7015.


Topics Covered

  • Custom shapes
  • Compound paths
  • Shape builder tool gradients
  • Compound strokes and fill effects
  • Examining the pattern mode
  • The perspective grid
  • Understanding layers and grouping
  • Expanding appearances in image trace
  • Creating masks
  • Isolation mode
  • Text-threading text boxes
  • Text styles
  • Text wrap and options
  • Exporting and printing artboards
  • Gradient mesh tool
  • Creative cloud options


IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college; instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.

To create an account students will need to:

  • Go to Adobe Sign in page
  • Select 'Create an account'
  • Enter your details and select ‘Create account’
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This course will teach you the advanced functionality of Adobe Illustrator that will allow you to make the most of the software to meet your creative potential and bring your ideas to life.

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