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The Complete Adobe Designers Course

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn
  • Length: 15 weeks


This extended 15-week course covers all the essentials of working with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, focusing on output specifically for designers.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Tuesday 8 October – 10 December 2024 (10 Tuesdays, 18.00-21.00)

Continuation in spring term 2025

Tuesday 4 February – 4 March 2025 (10 Tuesdays, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Intermediate – ideal for anyone with some experience who wants to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

However, to benefit most from this course you must have a basic understanding of digital graphic design as well as experience using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, and be able to use their core tools. It’s also strongly recommended that you’re familiar with Mac PCs and the iOS operating system.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some basic study equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils for making notes
  • USB flash drive
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About this course

Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop are powerful and industry-standard tools used by designers to develop projects efficiently and successfully. Mastering this software will enable you to develop your knowledge and elevate your design capabilities.

Throughout this course you'll explore Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop applications individually as well as discover how they work seamlessly together to develop projects efficiently and successfully.

This course is perfect if you wish to create digital design outcomes for commercial or personal use or if you’re currently using the applications but are looking to expand your knowledge through a more structured course of learning.

A strong all-round understanding of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop is essential for graphic and digital designers as these applications are the tools at the core of the creative industry. Due to the fast-paced and challenging nature of this course, you'll be expected to possess a fundamental understanding of the tools and features of all three Adobe applications.

This course will see you use the software to create editorial design, poster campaigns, icon designs, business cards, social media graphics and discover all the essentials about and exporting your work for both print and web output. The course is taught using Mac computers and iOS operating systems and you'll be expected to have basic knowledge of image and file management. 

  • Essentials skills and techniques of working in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • Introduction to graphic design
  • Poster/editorial design
  • Creating icons
  • Creating businesses cards ready to print
  • Social media graphics
  • Basic design skills, including using shapes, hierarchy, and balance
  • Understanding of how Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop work together in creative projects
  • Software techniques

  • Possess improved artistic and design skills
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, and be able to navigate them with ease and utilise the tools efficiently
  • Have developed the confidence whilst working in singular applications and using them as a powerful set of cross-platform tools
  • Understand the fundamental elements of design
  • Have a strong portfolio of work that showcases your newly developed skills
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed
  • Will I be assessed?

    No, there is no formal assessment. You’ll group share your work at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning. 

    As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on.

Meet your tutor

Eleni Dimitriou

Eleni Dimitriou is a Graphic Designer based in Bournemouth. She has studied Graphic Arts at UWCN and she has a MA in Interactive Media.

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Why choose AUB for your short course?

We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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How to book

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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