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Course module: BMB504321
Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for Scientific purposes
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB504321
ECTS Credits1.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondr. S. Pachis
Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Pachis
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (15/11/2021 to 04/02/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkDates: 15 Nov 2021 - 06 Feb 2022
Registration: priority to Research Profile students. Please contact the coordinator.
Enrolment periodfrom 20/09/2021 up to and including 03/10/2021
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
At the end of the course, students should have a profound understanding of:
  • Colour display on a screen and in four-colour print;
  • Colour psychology;
  • Different typeface classes and how to use those to influence the look and feel of a publication;
  • Basics of page composition.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Create a consistent page lay-out for a multi-paged article from scratch, combining images and text, using Adobe InDesign;
  • Create a scientific diagram from scratch using Adobe Illustrator;
  • Apply colour psychology, typography and composition knowledge to a practical lay-out or diagram case;
  • Deliver material to be printed to a professional printer error-free;
  • Create digital assets of layouts and illustrations created in Illustrator or InDesign, for use online or in digital presentation;
Period (from – till):  15 November 2021 - 06 February 2022
The course is structured in 10 sessions (9 sessions with tutor + 1 between peers).
Please note: Having access to Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator is required for participation.

Vincent van der Vliet, lecturer.
Spiros Pachis, contactperson and registration.

Course description
In this interactive online course, students will learn to use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign to create scientific diagrams and page lay-outs, respectively. The trainer will share their screen to show the students the necessary skills and encourage direct imitation. The course offers short theory lectures in about half the sessions, giving the students theoretical tools to use in their designs. In following sessions, students receive feedback on given assignments and use that to improve their assignments.

Literature/study material used
Study material is a self-developed set of slide decks that will be shared as a reference with the students after each relevant session.
Registration for the courses will only be open for participants in the Research Profile. Please contact the course coordinator to register (
The maximum number of participants  per group is 16.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, only specific GSLS programmes: only students following General Research Profile

Prerequisite knowledge
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats

Peer supervision meeting



Review session


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Active participation 60%
Final Assignment 30%
Peer assessment 10%

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