GIDS Adobe Illustrator Online Course

This course introduces you to Illustrator and teaches you the basic tools and how to apply it in an exciting practical way.


Adobe Illustrator is not just for professional graphic designers and artist anymore! Photographers, web designers, animators, bloggers, and small business owners enjoy the many benefits Adobe Illustrator offers. Yes, this program is great for logos, business cards and brochure design but more and more individuals use Adobe Illustrator to build their personal brand and online presence. GIDS Adobe Illustrator Online Course introduce you to the software, teach you the basic tools and show you how to apply it in an exciting practical way. Now you can stand out above your competitors by creating your own logo, corporate stationary, promotional items and graphics for social media. This multifunctional vector based program can seem daunting for beginners but your personal lecturer will take you through every step of the way.

What will I gain from the GIDS Adobe Illustrator Online Course?

Our main focus is practical, applicable, real life skills. We prepare you to enter the creative industry with the technical skills you need. After completion of the course you will be able to:

    Be proficient enough in Illustrator to create a basic logo and Facebook header
    Be able to use the most important tools, filters and effects
    Understand the workspace and layout of the user interface
    Know how to prepare artwork for print and web

How does the GIDS Adobe Illustrator Online Course work?

The course consist of 8 Units. When you register you will be able to log into the GIDS website where your first assignment awaits. You can start immediately. Each unit consists of background information about the topic explained by a combination of online videos, interactive quizzes and short exercises. The accumulation of short exercises will result in a personalized logo and a cover image for Facebook.

Course Start Dates: 1 November 2017
Course Duration: 6-7 Weeks
Contact Time: Monday-Friday for the duration of the course
Effort: 4-5 hours per week


Your Lecturer


Shani van der Hoven
Shani van der Hoven

I grew up in Nelspruit South Africa and graduated with a honours degree in Graphic Design at North West University. For the next two years I traveled all over the world, doing freelance as I go. When I returned to South Africa, I accepted a lecturing position at a private university were I taught undergrad graphic design students for over nine years. All designers know it is important to stay updated with new trends and technology, so I chose to keep doing freelance work while lecturing full-time.

My advice to students: ‘It is never too late to change”.


Course Curriculum


  Topic 1: Welcome to Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 2: The workspace (documents and tools) in Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 3: How to draw in Adobe Illustrator (drawing tools, basic shapes and paths) in Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 4: Working with objects in Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 5: Trying out filters and other effects in Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 6: Use of colour, transparency, gradients and blending modes in Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 7: Working with type in Adobe Illustrator
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  Topic 8: Getting ready to save, export and print in Adobe Illustrator
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Frequently Asked Questions


I want to learn Adobe Illustrator but I am a complete novice. Is this course right for me?
This is an introduction course aimed at beginners, you are at the right place.
Will I need any other software than Adobe Illustrator?
Only Adobe Reader.

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