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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Digital Drawing (CG A1 01)

Formerly Digital Illustration (CG A1 01)
Course Category: 

47 hours (17 weeks).  

Various; distance learning format.

September 2012 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: differentiate tools by their function in the Adobe Illustrator software; use line and shape building tools, including pathfinder and compound shapes; draw accurately and freely with Pen tool, and to create digital illustrations based off of photographic references; manipulate, format and customize text; create original illustrations with layer control, gradients, blends and other Adobe Illustrator tools; use software effects to create special effects; use live trace and live paint options; and save files properly for exporting to other applications.


This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Students learn basic to advanced concepts of computer‐based vector drawing, including terminology, tools, palettes and commands. Topics include: shape and line creation and manipulation, working with fills, patterns, gradients, meshes and blends, using advanced coloring techniques, working with preset and custom‐designed typography, and accurately using perspective. Students complete polished illustrations that can be used for a variety of practical design applications. Prerequisite: Demonstration of basic computer skills and record of formal education.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts, Graphic Arts or Digital Arts (12/15) (6/17 administrative review) (9/22 revalidation).