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MDIA 1160 - Adobe Illustrator 1

Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

School of Business

Course Details

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.




$490.58 - $499.15 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Winter 2020

Below are three offerings of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 80944

Tue Jan 07 - Tue Feb 11 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Feb 11 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Rm. 850


Daemon Baldwin

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This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

CRN 18411

Thu Jan 09 - Thu Feb 13 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Feb 13 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Rm. 880


Mahmoud Abdel-Hai

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This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress

CRN 16766

Sat Jan 11 - Sat Feb 08 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Feb 08 Sat 09:30 - 13:00 BBY SE14 Rm. 121


Andrew Sugianto

Course Outline



This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress

Learning Outcomes

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.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

MDIA 1160 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Graphic Design
    Full-time/Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Media Techniques and Marketing Communications
    Part-time   Certificate
  3. Media Techniques for Business
    Part-time   Certificate
  4. Mobile App Tools
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Technical Writing
    Part-time   Associate Certificate


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