Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the primary illustration tool used in professional Graphic Design. Through discussions and drawing exercises we will explore the principles of vector based graphics.

After an introduction to the program workspace, a series of demonstrations and practical exercises will provide an understanding of the basic tools and underlying characteristics of vector based graphics. The use of lines, shapes, type, Illustrators many tools will enable the creation of complex designs, which will be used to complete a classroom assignment.

We will cover:

The Illustrator program workspace;
Working with new documents;
Art boards; tools; panels; menus; rulers; guides & smart guides;
Basic drawing & editing tools, understanding paths; views; selection tools; fills and strokes; pen tool vs. pencil;
Brush and erasing tools; group; lock & hide functions, layers; isolation mode; use of strokes; object joining; gradient tools;
Fills: flat, gradient and patterns;
Transformation tools: rotate, scale, reflect, and shear;
Typography basics / program type tools; working with type;
Compound paths and the pathfinder tool;
Brushes, gradient mesh tool; symbols & graphic styles;
Project presentations; preparing artwork for print & web; PDF production; save; export & print options;  using Adobe Illustrator with other Adobe Creative Cloud software (Indesign, Photoshop)

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials Needed: You must have a USB flash drive to store and transport saved files

Program Start: 
September 2019

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Mondays & Wednesdays.

Fees: $495.00 taxes included.

Course Outline:

Class 1:
General introduction, workspace & navigation; tools, panels, menus; basic file management.

Class 2:
Understanding paths, views, selection tools, fills and strokes, drawing and transforming objects.

Class 3:
Image templates, scanning, & tracing.

Class 4:
Compound paths, transparency and masking.

Class 5 :
Working with colour.

Class 6:
Gradients, pattern fills, and blends.

Class 7:
Layers, transparency and masking.

Class 8:
Working with Type.

Class 9:
Drawing and painting, illustrator effects.

Class 10:
Using brushes, symbols and graphic styles.

Class 11:
Outputting work for print & web and collaboration.

Class 12:
Final presentations and discussion.


Student 1:
I thought this was a great introduction to Illustrator - the instructor was helpful and friendly, and it has definitely made me want to learn more about it! (March 2017)

Student 2:
Taking a course at the Pacific Academy of Design allowed me to enhance my skills for the workplace!


Alastair studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design, and his interest in other cultures led him to Berlin where he receiving his B.A. in Visual Communications from the University of the Arts. He lived in Berlin for over 20 years before returning to Victoria in 2005. His experience ranges from freelance designer to Marketing Communications Manager for multinationals in Europe including Sony’s IT division. He was responsible for managing web, print & advertising campaigns, as well as exhibitions, product packaging, POS displays, sales incentive tools and giveaways.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.