Advanced Adobe Illustrator

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 275

       Course Name: Advanced Adobe Illustrator

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAB 175 recommended or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course expands use of basic Illustrator tools to create projects common to commercial graphic art production. Content includes introduction to color management, technical illustration, map making and charts, Web images, point of purchase. Focus is on building a portfolio using Adobe Illustrator as a tool.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:   
A.    Implement Color Management for improved output of their files.
B.    Create Technical Illustrations for use in web or print pages.
C.    Create commercially used Maps and Charts for web or print pages.
D.    Develop Logos
E.    Create Website designs and images using Adobe Illustrator.
F.    Create graphics with emphasis on Point of Purchase.
G.    Build a portfolio for use in job interviews and to show to prospective clients.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to Color Management
        Discuss calibration of devices
        Use of ICC Profiles

B.    Technical Illustration
       Line Illustrations
       Shades Illustrations
C.    Maps and Charts
       Commercial Map Drawing
       Commercial Charts

D.    Create Logs
       Emphasis on clarity and ability to reproduce using mixed media
E.    Website design, using Adobe Illustrator for layout
       Web images
F.    Point of Purchase
       Emphasis on commercial eye appeal
G.    Building a Portfolio
H.    Presentation on Current Trends, student topic of Choice

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The student will be expected to attend seminars and labs as scheduled and complete appropriate
projects to meet the course objectives as determined by the instructor.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Class Projects
    Attendance and Participation

XI.   Other Course Information

Users of the College's information technology facilities and resources, including hardware,  software, networks, and computer accounts, are expected to use these resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the right of other information technology users and respecting all contractual and license agreements.
Software Users! Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriated penalties applied.

Specifically, you do not have the right to:
1.    make copies of software for yourself or others.
2.    receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at