Adobe Illustrator Certification Preparation - VLACS
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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/ 18 Weeks


This course gives students foundational knowledge using Adobe Illustrator CC. In the course, they will explore what it’s like to work in the design industry, building their skills in vector drawing and learning how to create graphics and illustrations with this industry-standard tool. The course is aligned with the standards for passing the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) examination.

Course Requirements

Please read the system requirements before signing up for this course. Chrome OS doesn’t allow any third-party installations onto their laptops. A chromebook cannot be used for this course.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 1: Working in the Design Industry
  • Understand the Adobe Creative Suite and the role of the various applications.
  • Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing graphics and illustrations.
  • Determine the type of copyright, project fit, permissions, and licensing to use specific content.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.
  • Communicate with colleagues and clients about design plans.
Module 2: Understanding Digital Graphics and Illustrations
  • Understand key terminology related to digital graphics and illustrations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic design principles and best practices employed in the digital graphics and illustration industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of typography and its use in digital graphics and illustrations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of color and its use in digital graphics and illustration.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of image resolution, image size, and image file format for web, video, and print.
Module 3: Understanding Adobe Illustrator Part I
  • Navigate Adobe Illustrator
  • Identify elements of the Illustrator CC user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions
  • Define the functions of commonly used tools, including selection tools, the Pen tool, and other drawing tools, shape tools, and transformation tools.
  • Navigate, organize, and customize the workspace
  • Use non-printing, design tools in the interface, such as rulers, guides, bleeds, and artboards.
Module 4: Understanding Adobe Illustrator Part II
  • Use layers to manage design elements.
  • Manage colors, swatches, and gradients.
  • Manage brushes, symbols, graphic styles, and patterns.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how and why illustrators employ different views and modes throughout the course of a project including vector/outline vs. display/appearance, isolation mode, and various Draw modes.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of vector drawing tools.
Module 5: Creating Digital Graphics and Illustrations with Adobe Illustrator Part I
  • Create a new project
  • Use vector drawing tools
  • Use shape tools
  • Transform graphics and illustrations
  • Use basic reconstructing and editing techniques to manipulate digital graphics and media
Module 6: Creating Digital Graphics and Illustrations with Adobe Illustrator Part II
  • Demonstrate knowledge of layers and masks
  • Import assets into a project
  • Add and manipulate type using Type tools.
  • Create digital graphics and illustrations using 3D and perspective tools in Illustrator
Module 7: Archive, Export and Publish Graphics Using Adobe Illustrator
  • Prepare images for web, print, and video
  • Export digital graphics and illustration to various file formats
  • Understand the structure and test prep necessary for the ACA Illustrator Certification Exam.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Please read the system requirements before enrolling!

Meets ICT and art graduation requirements.


  • Design Industry & Adobe Creative Suite
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the design industry and how to use Adobe Creative Suite by explaining design industry project management, how to use Adobe Creative Suites, and how to make content decisions regarding digital designs.
  • Digital Graphics & Illustrations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital graphics and illustrations by defining graphic design terms, explaining visual tools to create designs and how to use them, and describing color theory.
  • Adobe Illustrator
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Adobe Illustrator by describing its functions, explaining the user interface and tools, and defining layers and how they are best used.
  • Creating, Exporting & Publishing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to create, export, and publish a digital project using Adobe Illustrator by explaining the use of vectors and shapes, identifying and describing editing tools, and explaining the exporting process.



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