DGD106 - Illustrator

Outline info
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Subject Title

Subject Description

Students discuss and practice creating illustrations using strategies for easy execution. Topics covered include: drawing, typography, compound paths, special effects, three-dimensional objects, layers, masks, complex patterns, blends, effects, custom colours, transformations, transparencies and blend modes, perspectives, graphs, gradients, creating brushes and graphic styles.

Credit Status

1 full credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Create logos and illustrations
2. Create stylized type for display heads
3. Save files for both print and web output
4. Use filters efficiently
5. Create custom colours and patterns
6. Work with the Tracing function
7. Create vector paths using the pen tool
8. Use tools to create vector artwork
9. Create complex patterns
10. Mask objects 

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
·        Exploring the Illustrator interface
·        Using Workspaces and Artboards
·        Working with vector shapes
·        The Tools panel
·        Grids and Guides
·        Viewing Modes
·        Creating Primitive Shapes
·        Mastering the Pen Tool and Path Editing Tools
·        Formatting point and area type
·        Creating custom patterns
·        Exploring the painting and drawing tools
·        Transforming objects
·        The effective use of gradients
·        Using vector and raster effects
·        Applying Opacity and Clipping masks
·        Creating text effects
·        Using the Appearance panel
·        Exploring the various type tools
·        Creating complex compound shapes and paths
·        Use the blend tool to create complex illustrations
·        The advance use of the gradient mesh tool
·        Explore the Image Trace functions
·        Creating perspectives
·        Live Paint effects
·        Prepare and save graphics for the Web
·        Create and edit graphic styles and symbols

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer.
Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion and question and answer period.  

Prescribed Texts

Author:                  Weinmann & Lourekas
Title:                      Illustrator CC (VQSG) (2104 release)
Publisher:            Pearson
ISBN:                    9780133987034

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Project 1 30%
Project 2 30%
Project 3 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Sharon Estok