Media Arts and Technologies @ MiraCosta College


Mat 170 | Digital Illustration 1: Adobe Illustrator

3 Units
Advisories: None
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2.5 hours, Laboratory 1.5 hours

In this course you will learn the principles of vector graphic design and digital illustration using Adobe Illustrator. You will create scalable vector images and combine them with text elements to generate art work for personal and commercial use – logos, business cards, product packaging, illustrations, and much more. You'll learn to use type effectively, apply a variety of color palettes and libraries, develop unique brushes and patterns, create special effects, transform objects into a 3D perspective, and import and export different graphic file formats. This course involves considerable hands-on instruction and multiple projects.

Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is crucial for a graphic artist, particularly one who specializes in graphic design for print. MAT 170 is a required course for the Graphic Design Certificate and for the AA in Graphic Design. It is recommended that you complete this course within your first year of pursuing a certificate or AA in MAT, or as soon as possible after that.

Formerly CIS 248 / ART 248.