Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

Course code: QCAT312P

Subject area: Digital Technologies

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

7:00pm - 9:00pm


10th Jan 2022 - 7th Mar 2022

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555 585

Illustrator is a programme to make up non photographic visuals. You can make images that usually have a 2D cartoon feel but differ in style enormously. Illustrators use Illustrator to make up artwork. Logo’s are usually made in Illustrator and any graphics supporting design. This Vector drawing programme is great for people working in small businesses and taking on some of the design work, visual artists wanting to explore their designs in vector illustration and Social Media Managers wanting to explore this style of design or young professionals wanting to up-skill in this area.

With these skills you could design your own logo and import the graphics into an animator programme. You could build backgrounds to greenscreen on video and use for graphics in social media posts. You could design and make icons and graphics to build on the existing brand if working for a small company or as the entrepreneur yourself.

We will be exploring how to do simple animations with the graphics you create at the end of the course.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2 ½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

Please note there will be no session on 21/02/22

Week 1 Make a simple character.

Week 2 Make a mandala circular design.

Week 3 Drawing skill with Pen tool making Bezier Curves. Trace existing designs.

Week 4 Making stamp shapes and reefs.

Week 5 Make a background pattern.

Week 6 Make an image/illustration. Plan to animate. Bringing in textures to your Illustration.

Week 7 Animate in Adobe Animate – bring in graphics. Understanding how to navigate the animator software, animate the background.

Week 8 Animation continued with animating along a path and spinning.

Materials Required (Adobe Creative Cloud can be available to learners for the duration of the course upon request)

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Animate

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Adobe Photoshop. Social Media for Business.
A keen eye for design and some familiarity with a Adobe programme like Photoshop or other. It can be fiddly and involve several processes to navigate an end result, patience is needed and creative problem solving skills.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £88.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £88.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £52.80
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £52.80

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used.

For example:



Question & answer/reading

Practical exercises

1:1 tutor support