MCW640 - Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

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Subject Title
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Subject Description
Learn to use Adobe Illustrator to create graphics and type in a vector format. Artists, illustrators and graphic designers use Illustrator to create vector-based graphics that can be easily rescaled without the loss of quality. Use Illustrator to create graphics for different media: print, web, interactive and video.

Credit Status
Participating students receive a certificate of attendance.

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

  • Identify the components and capabilities of Illustrator CC 
  • Create basic shapes
  • Create custom paths
  • Create graphics that contain custom text
  • Customize objects
  • Customize basic shapes
  • Prepare documents for deploymen

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 for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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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.

MCT100 or equivalent experience. 

Topic Outline

Lesson 1: Introducing Illustrator CC

Apply Design Principles, Elements, and Graphics Composition

Evaluate Graphics Scalability

Navigate the User Interface

Customize the User Interface

Lesson 2: Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes

Create Documents

Save Documents

Draw Basic Shapes

Lesson 3: Creating Documents Containing Customized Paths

Draw Paths

Modify Paths

Lesson 4: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text

Insert Text

Apply Flow Text Along a Path

Insert Bounded and Threaded Text

Apply Text Styles

Insert Typographical Characters

Lesson 5: Customizing Objects

Import, Place, and Link Graphics

Alter the Appearance of Objects

Lesson 6: Customizing Basic Shapes

Apply Strokes and Brushes

Fill Shapes

Apply Graphics Styles

Distort Text with Text Envelopes

Lesson 7: Preparing Documents for Deployment

Update Text

Wrap Text

Hyphenate Text

Optimize Content for Print

Optimize Content for the Web

Optimize Content for PDF Documents

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, lecture and question and answer period. 

Prescribed Texts
The following textbook will be provided:
Adobe Illustrator CC: Part 1
(Logical Operation)

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
There is no formal testing or process to evaluate the students understanding. It is up to the student to evaluate his/her own progress. Students must attend the class(es) to receive a document confirming he/she attended this workshop.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle