Graphic Design Certificate Program Courses

SMU Graphic Design Certificate | Adobe Illustrator Course Details

Adobe Illustrator

Course Details and Schedule

Adobe Illustrator is the industry leading tool used to create professional vector graphics for print and web designs. Used by design professionals worldwide, Illustrator provides precise and powerful drawing tools and a host of time-savers for busy professionals. In this course, you will learn to take advantage of Illustrator's powerful tools to create illustrations and typography effects. Work with colors, gradients, layers, fonts, and photos to create eye-catching illustrations and text effects. Lastly, you'll learn to design advertisements and printable documents. We'll discuss both the print and web uses of this sophisticated graphics program. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of successfully completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Use the tools, palates, navigation and function areas
  • Place, cut and align elements, objects and groups
  • Apply the concepts of pre-designed shapes and the tool settings
  • Explain the concepts of anchors, paths and application of drawing tools
  • Apply the concepts of color, swatches and patterns
  • Use typographic tools to build headlines, kern and space type, insert and manipulate body copy
  • Create and modify complex images through the layers palate
  • Apply perspective drawing tools to create dimensional structures
  • Create complex, dimensional color with the use of gradients, transparency and gradient mesh for complex, dimensional color
  • Explore the variety of brushes, brush textures and brush modification
  • Investigate the effects and graphics library options and apply them to an element 
Non-Certificate Short Courses

Interested in this course, but not a full certificate? SMU offers short courses on many graphic design topics (these do not contribute to the completion of the SMU certificate). Click here for a list of upcoming graphic design short courses.