Time: 1 February – 30 April 2022
Place: Online studies
Extent: 3 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 50
Target group: Everyone interested in the topic
Required previous skills: Basic computer skills
Lecturer: Miia Liukkonen

Credited in degree at Xamk: Degree Programme in Business Information Technology
Enrolment by: 16 January 2022
Price: EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here.

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 cannot enrol on Open UAS courses.

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.

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.

Grading scale

Transcript of records will be delivered by request by email in PDF form

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:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
You can cancel your enrolment free of charge 30 days before the course starts. If you have not cancelled by the due date, we will charge the full cost of the course. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive an invitation by email to this course.

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


South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is audited by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC).

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