Time: 15 September – 30 November 2024
Place: Online studies
Extent: 3 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 50
Target group: Everyone interested in the topic
Required previous skills: Basics computer skills
Lecturer: Miia Liukkonen

Please notice that from September 1, 2024 onwards, only students with a Finnish social security number (i.e. a personal identity codecan start their studies on Xamk Pulse’s courses. You can read more here.

Opintojakson suorittaminen (esim. tehtävien palautus) ja viestintä opettajan kanssa onnistuu opintojaksolla myös suomeksi.

Credited in degree at Xamk: All Bachelor level degrees
Area of competence mentioned in Curriculum: Optional studies 
Enrolment by: 1 September 2024
Price: EUR 15 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here.

Please note that enrolment for Xamk Pulse studies is binding, and it is not possible to cancel a student place free of charge. After receiving a student place, you will be charged a fee according to our price list. The fee will not be refunded even if you discontinue your studies.  However, if you will not be starting your studies, please let us know in good time so that we can remove you from the course. This way, there will not be a record of an incomplete course in your information in Peppi. Cancellation must be sent to openstudies@xamk.fi. 

Please, notice that the fee for one semester will not be refunded, if the combined fees for your chosen studies remain below EUR 175 or you cancel your studies.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice that
Xamk degree students can enrol on this course only via Peppi or Tuudo.

Learning outcomes:
After completing this course, you will be familiar with the basics of vector graphics, software and the tools. You will also be able to:

  • use Adobe Illustrator to create unique, self-made flat design graphics
  • create graphics for different products for online publishing and print
  • produce graphics with easy workflow
  • learn about colors, resolution and file formats on the way

With these skills, you can create outstanding flat design graphics for multiple purposes, e.g. posters, flyers, for online publishing, or perhaps even a print for a t-shirt!

Contents and methods:
This course is divided into small sections, where you will be introduced to vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator and its diverse toolset. You will work your way through the sections in the order displayed on the course platform. This way you will start with the basics and move on to more challenging topics.

Each section includes learning material such as videos, lessons and quizzes which will help you to execute the learning assignments. The learning assignments are hands-on tasks where you will learn to use Adobe Illustrator and create graphics for multiple purposes. The quizzes are there to make sure you are familiar with the basis of vector graphics, colors, resolution and file formats. You can apply this knowledge straight to your workflow.

Study material:
All the study material will be found on course platform and is accessible to students throughout the course.

This course is a self-study course, which you can carry out independently and at your own pace (within the overall time limits of the course).

Adobe Illustrator CC is the software used in all the learning materials and examples on the course.
NB! Student must acquire the necessary Adobe software for the course.

Free trial or discount prices for students:

Opintojakson suorittaminen (esim. tehtävien palautus) ja viestintä opettajan kanssa onnistuu opintojaksolla myös suomeksi.

Assessment methods and criteria:
Learning assignments will be evaluated with points. Scale 0-3 points:

  • 3 points (PASS) Excellent work. Instructions followed. Fully meets competency requirement.
  • 2 points (PASS) Good work. Instructions followed mostly, but some shortcomings on implementation. Meets enough of the competency requirement to adequately perform the assignment.
  • 1 point (PASS) Satisfactory. Instructions partially followed. Deficient implementation and/or doesn't meet enough competency requirements to perform the assignment.
  • 0 points (FAILED) Unacceptable. Instructions not followed. Doesn't meet the competency requirement.

Exams will be evaluated in pass/fail scale.

To get a pass grade of this course, you’ll need to submit all the assignments and gather enough points out of them. Also, you need to pass the quizzes.

Assessment scale: 

The Transcript of records will be delivered automatically by email in PDF form. You can read more about the the Transcript of records on: Information on Open UAS, Xamk Pulse studies.

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Xamk Pulse, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
The enrolment is binding. You will be charged. Study place cannot be canceled free of charge. You can still cancel your enrolment, but the course fee will not be refunded. Cancellation must be sent to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive a course invitation by email.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.

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