Through this online course, you will learn how to create high quality illustrations, logos and other custom artwork by hands-on training in Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard vector graphics software application.

Adobe Illustrator is an essential, versatile tool for millions of graphic designers, digital media artists and marketing professionals, facilitating complex design from concept to finished piece.

After a foundation in design principles, you will first be introduced to Illustrator’s fundamental Pen tool, then progress to transforming shapes and drawing and colouring objects, as well as utilising Illustrator’s powerful functions to create a wide array of special effects, striking typography and complex artwork. We will teach you the essential concepts of using layers to organise your designs, and explore the options for exporting Illustrator files.

What’s Included

  • All course content

  • Practice exercises and quizzes

  • A practice exam

  • A certification exam voucher

Course Handbook

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Prerequisites & Requirements

There are no mandatory prerequisites. However, if you are new to digital art and graphic design, we recommend that you complete our Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop course before enrolling in this programme.

If you are a creative person with a drive for excellence in digital technology, drawing and vector graphics, this course is suited to you.

  • All students should have access to a PC or laptop running a supported version of Windows (e.g Windows 10) or MacOS Mojave 10.14Apple/Android devices are not supported and cannot be used for this course.
  • A broadband connection is essential to stream video content.
  • Please ensure that your computer can run the Adobe Creative Cloud software. The new iPad version is also not supported.

You will need an Adobe Creative Cloud licence, which we will provide for the duration of the course.


Earning your Graphic Design certificate will open up opportunities for junior roles in graphic design and illustration. You will also have a portfolio of work, and we recommend you consistently build on your collection, as it demonstrates continued growth to potential employers.


A solid foundation in graphic design opens up many other opportunities for further study in complementary fields, such as digital and print media, app and web development, social media marketing, advertising and many other ever-evolving industries.

You can further your studies by enrolling in the following recommended eCollege courses:

  • Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign
  • Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop
  • Certified Digital Marketing Professional

Course Code: NC 08449 – Adobe Illustrator

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