New : Illustrator For Artists And Designers

This beginners course will teach you the basics of Adobe Illustrator. You will learn how to add and manipulate simple shapes, draw freehand art using the pencil tool and trace and colour hand made artwork. You can create graphics and images for web, print, digital art or files for printmaking and textile applications.

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at artists, designers, printmakers, textile designers and anyone else who wants to learn to create digital artwork. This could be an end in itself or part of a creative process involving traditional media.
Adobe Illustrator is typically used to create 'flat' artwork such as illustrations, logos, diagrams, icons, cartoons and can also be used to prepare printmaking stencils and patterns for textiles.
This course is for beginners but you should be confident doing following on your computer-
Opening, saving, copying and moving files, Using a Mouse

What does this course cover

The course will introduce you to all the basic of the programme including the main tools, menus and functions.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Create and manipulate vector shapes
2. Use the Pathfinder to combine shapes
3. Create complex artwork from simple geometric shapes
4. Convert photographs and drawings into digital art
5. Create a simple pattern
6. Export art in different formats

What will it be like

Each student has their own computer. Presentations will be made using computers, whiteboard, overhead screen and printed notes. Step by step instruction/ demonstration and hands on exercises to practice creating art in Illustrator
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will need to bring a memory stick, pen and paper.
You may want to bring your own artwork or drawings.

What this course could lead to

Other Illustrator and Photoshop courses, other computer design and It courses.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’