SRJC Course Outlines

7/31/2021 1:05:10 AMCS 71.11 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CS 71.11Title:  ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR 1  
Full Title:  Adobe Illustrator 1
Last Reviewed:12/12/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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This course covers the popular graphics software program Adobe Illustrator. Topics include the creation, modification and formatting of vector objects and type, importing/exporting graphics, live effects, and other Illustrator tools.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of CS 5; AND Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course covers the popular graphics software program Adobe Illustrator. Topics include the creation, modification and formatting of vector objects and type, importing/exporting graphics, live effects, and other Illustrator tools.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of CS 5; AND Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2011Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable

Approval and Dates
Version:04Course Created/Approved: 9/20/2010
Version Created:11/16/2016Course Last Modified:6/5/2021
Submitter:Jeff DiamondCourse Last Full Review:12/12/2016
Version Status:Approved Changed CoursePrereq Created/Approved:12/12/2016
Version Status Date:12/12/2016Semester Last Taught:Spring 2021
Version Term Effective:Fall 2017Term Inactive:


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Identify Illustrator interface elements.
2.  Construct documents utilizing basic vector shapes, text, and raster graphics.
3.  Determine the appropriate file format for various usages when saving and exporting
    Illustrator files.

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Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
1. Identify the uses of Illustrator graphics.
2. Differentiate between raster and vector graphics.
3. Contrast the color models RGB (Red-Green-Blue) and CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-YellowblacK)
    using color theory.
4. Design graphic documents using basic vector shapes and text.
5. Utilize stroke and fill enhancements, including the use of color and gradients.
6. Analyze, create and edit Bezier curves using the pen and direct selection tools.
7. Transform vector objects using appropriate tools.
8. Utilize Pathfinder options and clipping masks with vector objects.
9. Design a document with multiple layers.
10. Evaluate and apply advanced type formatting techniques.
11. Produce various effects and apply to vector objects.
12. Create and apply custom patterns and brush strokes.
13. Analyze file type formats when saving or exporting Illustrator documents.
14. Create graphic styles and symbols for repetitive formatting.

Topics and Scope
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1. Uses of Illustrator graphics
2. Illustrator basics
    a. Vector graphics vs raster images
    b. Color theory: RGB vs CMYK
    c. Paths, segments and anchor points
    d. Manipulating panels
    e. Using the toolbox
    f. Viewing the document
3. Creating an Illustrator document
    a. Reverting to default Illustrator settings
    b. Setting rulers, guides and grids
    c. Saving and printing Illustrator files
    d. Creating a PDF [Portable Document Format] file
    e. Opening a template
    f. Utilizing multiple art boards
4. Illustrator tools
    a. Shapes including rectangle, ellipse, polygon, spiral, star, arc, straight line, and grid
    b. Freehand drawing using the pencil, paintbrush, and blob brush
    c. Creating straight and curved paths with the pen tool
    d. Selection and direct-selection tool
    e. Editing paths with the reshape, erase, smooth, knife, scissors, and pencil tools
5. Transforming objects
    a. Moving, scaling, shearing, reflecting and rotating objects
    b. Using the align panel
    c. Stacking multiple objects
    d. Grouping objects
    e. Free transform tool
    f. Twirling objects
    g. Splitting, splicing, and joining objects
    h. Object path menu
    i. Compound paths
    j. Envelope distort menu
6. Pathfinder
    a. Shape modes
    b. Pathfinder tools
7. Formatting techniques
    a. Applying stroke and fill formatting
    b. Creating and applying gradients
    c. Introduction to effects
    d. Eyedropper and paint bucket tools
    e. Applying color
    f. Using styles
    g. Using transparency
8. Introduction to layers as an organizational tool
9. Creating and editing type
    a. Point type
    b. Path type
    c. Area type
    d. Vertical type
    e. Converting type into vector shapes
    f. Character formatting
    g. Paragraph formatting
    h. Open type formatting
10. Importing and exporting
    a. Exporting Illustrator files to EPS, PDF and raster file formats
    b. Converting vector objects to raster
    c. Importing text and graphic documents into Illustrator
11. Desktop publishing techniques
    a. Managing linked graphics
    b. Creating multiple columns of linked area type
    c. Manipulating and formatting area type
    d. Creating a text wrap
12. Advanced fill and stroke formatting
    a. Gradient mesh tool
    b. Creating custom fill patterns
    c. Creating custom brushes
    d. Creating live blends

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1. Reading of approximately 2-10 pages per week from online materials and watching
    corresponding videos/lectures.
2. Illustrator projects and Ilustrator design problems
3. Creation of printed documents and PDF files.
4. 5 quizzes, 2 exams.
5. Weekly written peer evaluations and class critique.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 10%
Written evaluations and critique
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 40%
Solutions to Illustrator design problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Illustrator projects
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
5 quizzes, 2 exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
Online resources


Student Preparation
 Matric Assessment Required:ERequires English Assessment
 Prerequisites-generate description:NPNo Prerequisite
 Advisories-generate description:UUser-Generated Text
 Prereq/coreq-registration check:NNo Prerequisite Rules Exist
 Requires instructor signature:NInstructor's Signature Not Required
 Method of instruction:02Lecture
 72Internet-Based, Delayed Interaction
 71Internet-Based, Simultaneous Interaction
 Area department:CSComputer Studies
 Division:72Arts & Humanities
 Special topic course:NNot a Special Topic Course
 Program Status:1Both Certificate and Major Applicable
 Repeatability:00Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
 Repeat group id:  
 Audit allowed:NNot Auditable
 Open entry/exit:NNot Open Entry/Open Exit
 Credit by Exam:NCredit by examination not allowed
 Budget code: Program:0000Unrestricted
 Budget code: Activity:0701Computer & Information Science
Disciplines:Computer Information Systems
 Basic Skills:NNot a Basic Skills Course
 Level below transfer:YNot Applicable
 CVU/CVC status:YDistance Ed, Not CVU/CVC Developed
 Distance Ed Approved:YEither online or hybrid, as determined by instructor
 Emergency Distance Ed Approved:YFully Online
Partially Online
Online with flexible in-person activities
 Non-credit category:YNot Applicable, Credit Course
 Classification:YCareer-Technical Education
 SAM classification:CClearly Occupational
 TOP code:0614.60Computer Graphics and Digital Imagery
 Work-based learning:NDoes Not Include Work-Based Learning
 DSPS course:NNO
 In-service:NNot an in-Service Course

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