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
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Students use Adobe Illustrator to create and manipulate vector graphic images into personal artwork and commercial output. Students generate effective typography and vector shapes, utilize a variety of color palettes and libraries, develop unique brushes and patterns, and convert raster images into vector art. Through hands-on instruction and multiple projects, students transform objects, manipulate perspective, utilize blends and gradients, understand the differences between CMYK and RGB, and import and export different graphic file formats.

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.