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Course Outlines

MDIA 1160

Adobe Illustrator 1

School School of Business + Media
Program Graphic Design
Course Credits 1.5
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 14, 2021
End Date October 19, 2021
Total Hours 18
Total Weeks 6
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
CRN 45426

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Andrew Sugianto
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Virtual
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

In this hands-on course, you will create and design scalable computer graphics with Adobe Illustrator that require creativity and imagination. You will use multiple art boards, layers, and sub-layers to organize your artwork. As well, you will use drawing tools, drop down menus, and floating panels to create a series of projects. You will use the pen tool to draw precise, offset paths, and different path widths. We will emphasize both linear and radial gradients, gradient meshes and blends for visual effects, and the effective use of colour. You will use both horizontal and vertical alignment tools and distribute your artwork evenly. You will create canisters using 3D revolve, symbols, and mapping tools.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Create and adjust multiple artboards using the artboard tool.
  • Draw and control accurate paths with the pen tool and pen curvature tool.
  • Create layers and sub-layers to manipulate and organize your artwork.
  • Move, adjust, and size graphics using a selection and direct selection tool.
  • Create and edit rectangles with live corners, ellipses, polygons, lines, and stars.
  • Transform objects using scale, rotate, reflection, and shear from a central reference point.
  • Adjust colour highlights, midtones, and shadows by creating a gradient mesh.
  • Demonstrate the use of different transparency and opacity settings for shading.
  • Create linear and radial gradients, and colour blends.
  • Average points mathematically on both a horizontal and vertical axis point.
  • Make an exact copy of any shape by creating an offset path.
  • Create graphics using 3D revolve, symbols, and mapping tools.

Learning Resources

Illustrator CC for Windows and Macintosh 2014 Release: Visual QuickStart Guide (Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas)
ISBN: 0133987035

Evaluation Criteria

Project #1 10%
Project #2 25%
Project #3 30%
Homework 25%
Professionalism 10%
TOTAL 100%

Course Schedule and Assignments







Sep 14

  • Course Intro
  • Selection tools: direct selection, selection
  • Working with geometric shapes
  • Duplicate objects

Project #1 Assigned

Week 3


Sep 21

  • Basic color:
    • Fill vs stroke,
    • Color swatches
  • Working with Stroke
  • Illustrator layers
  • Rulers, Guides

Project #2 Assigned

Week 4


Sep 28

  • Grouping & Ungroup
  • Transform tools: rotate, shear, scale, reflect
  • Using Pen Tool, Convert Points

Project #3 Assigned

Project #1 DUE

Week 6


Oct 5

  • n Working with images (linking images)
  • n Joining points, average
  • n Pen tool (drawing portrait)

Project #2 DUE


Oct 12

  • Align & Distribute
  • Gradient
  • Multiple Page Artboards


Oct 19

  • Blending Modes
  • 3D Drawing

Project #3 DUE

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

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The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Andrew Sugianto, Instructor
September 01, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Aimee Chung, Program Head
September 02, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Susan Burgess, Associate Dean
September 09, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.