Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Industrial Design. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. IDEA05 overlaps following cours/es: TNS100. Compulsory for: KID1. Course coordinator: Andreas Hopf,, Industrial Design. Assessment: The grades awarded are either “pass” or “fail”, depending on attendance, participation and completion of home assignments. Further information: The course contains lectures and individual computer supervision. Home page:

To learn about the applications and practise the use of essential 2D design software.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to understand the concepts behind and usefulness of 2D drawing and illustration using software. The student shall be confident in the basic use of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat so as to communicate concepts and finished designs at a professional level.

The course commences with a brief introduction to the use and application of 2D software in the industrial design profession. The operation and navigation within the user interfaces of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat is explained and practised (menus, icons, hotkeys, functions, etc.) before each essential function is trained and clarified.

A simple product including graphics and typography will be drawn in Adobe Illustrator and subsequently illustrated so as to look highly detailed and credible. The product illustration will then be used in Photoshop to learn how to achieve even more realistic 2D renderings, including the import of materials and textures.

Adobe InDesign will be used to learn basic layout principles including image sourcing and placement. The final results will be exported as .pdf-files in order to build lightweight professional design presentations.

Relevant websites, online user-forums and printed manuals.