The Adobe Illustrator CC Course is designed for students who want to learn more about this industry standard vector graphics editor, graphic design software package. In this course you will learn to use Adobe Illustrator CC to create illustrations that include graphics and text.

This course covers the Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator objectives to help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam but can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

The course consists of 2 Adobe Illustrator Courses books, digital versions of the books (PDF and EPUB files), student exercise files and online iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License).

The course includes the following items:-

  • Adobe Illustrator CC Part 1 Book

Part 1 of the course details how to use Adobe Illustrator to create "drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other software packages (such Adobe Photoshop and Flash). Adobe Illustrator allows students to discover and unlock the same creative impulses you have when picking up a pencil to sketch out an idea! Beginners to graphic design will be surprised at how good their work will appear with the help of this excellent graphics package.

Course Contents:

Lesson 1: Introducing Illustrator CC

Lesson 2: Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes

Lesson 3: Creating Documents Containing Customized Paths

Lesson 4: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text

Lesson 5: Customizing Objects

Lesson 6: Customizing Basic Shapes

Lesson 7: Preparing Documents for Deployment

This course book also includes information on the Adobe ACA and ACE Examinations and what elements of the course map to the syllabus and a lesson lab for each Lesson to help put into practice what you are learning.

  • Adobe Illustrator CC Part 2 Book

In Part 2, you will learn to use advanced tools, options, and effects for creating more complex artwork. In this course book, you will draw complex illustrations and enhance them by using various painting options. You will also use painting tools, manage colours, format type, work with effects and will also learn how to make sure your artwork is ready for commercial printing and also how to save it for the web.

Course Contents:

Lesson 1: Drawing Complex Illustrations

Lesson 2: Enhancing Artwork Using Painting Tools

Lesson 3: Customizing Colours and Swatches

Lesson 4: Formatting Type

Lesson 5: Enhancing the Appearance of Artwork

Lesson 6: Preparing Content for Deployment

Lesson 7: Setting Project Requirements

This course book also includes information on the Adobe ACA and ACE Examinations and what elements of the course map to the syllabus and a lesson lab for each Lesson to help put into practice what you are learning.

  • Free Adobe Illustrator Part 1 & Part 2 (Digital Versions)

Students will also receive digital versions of their course books. These come in .PDF (Adobe Acrobat) and .EPUB (Epub File Reader) format and will allow you to view your course books on any application that supports these formats.

  • Free iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License)

iPassExam has both Question Banks and Sample papers. Both are designed to address specific needs of your learning experience.

Question Banks: The iPassExam question banks contain hundreds of questions categorised to match the official Adobe ACE syllabus. When working in Question Bank mode your response gets immediately marked so you can see if you selected the correct option. If your response was incorrect you will be shown the correct option plus you will be presented with an explanation that provides additional detail on the topic addressed in the question. In addition you will be presented with a "peer response" graph that gives you a visual presentation of how your peers chose to answer the question.

Sample Paper: The "Mock Exam" is a simulation of the actual exam. This resource should be completed after completing the question bank to test if your ready for the actual ACE exam. All the questions are new questions (not used in the question bank). The exam is timed and you don't get to see the correct answer until you complete the exam and all your answers are submitted. On completing the exam you are presented with your grade and are able to review your responses so you can see what questions you had incorrect (unlike the real exam). You can resit the mock exam 25 times, each time the answers and options are randomised, to prevent learning by memorisation.

  • Student Files:

Once enrolled students will receive a support email giving them access to their student files and to PowerPoint presentations relevant to the content of each unit.


It is recommended that students should be familiar with the functions of their computer's operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, retrieving files, and saving files. Students will require their own version of the software.

APPLE MAC USERS: We recommend this course is completed on a PC with the Windows Operating System. The course can be run on an Apple Macs using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac although we cannot support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The course materials are designed as self-study courses, but if you have any problems you can email our support service. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer, and we do not impose a cut-off date for study.


Assessment is in the form an Adobe Examination. Examinations are in a multiple choice/multiple answer format. A Certificate of completion can also be sent on request if you prefer not to take the Adobe examinations.


Adobe Certified AssociateOn Completion of this course students can apply for the Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CC ACA Examination. The course can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Illustrator CC ACE 9A0-358 Examination.

ACA Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport testing centre and are currently £75.00. Exam Centre's will usually charge an additional proctoring fee (Approximately £15.00) for sitting exams.

ACE Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and are currently £115.00 + VAT each.

You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website:

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Certiport -

Please Note: We advise students to keep checking on the availability of Adobe ACE Exams. Adobe do not usually announce retirement dates for their certification programme tests so we cannot advise when any Adobe tests will be retired.

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