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Course module: BMB504321
Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for Scientific Purposes
Course info
Course codeBMB504321
Course goals
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):  14 November 2023 - 2 February 2024 (BMS_P2_A) or 6 February 2024 - 19 April 2024 (BMS_P3_A). 

The course is structured in 10 sessions (9 online sessions with the teacher + 1 between peers) - see dates below.
Please note: Having access to Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator is required for participation (UU students receive a discounted offer for Adobe Creative Cloud on Surfspot; for more information also check:
  Period 2 Period 3
Session 1 Tuesday, 14 November 2023 from 16-17:30 Tuesday, 6 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 2 Thursday, 16 November 2023 from 16-17:30 Thursday, 8 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 3 Tuesday, 21 November 2023 from 16-17:30 Tuesday, 13 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 4 Thursday, 23 November 2023 from 16-17:30 Thursday, 15 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 5 Tuesday, 28 November 2023 from 16-17:30 Tuesday, 20 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 6 Thursday, 30 November 2023 from 16-17:30 Thursday, 22 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 7 Tuesday, 5 December 2023 from 16-17:30 Tuesday, 27 February 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 8 Tuesday, 12 December 2023 from 16-17:30 Tuesday, 5 March 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 9 Tuesday, 19 December 2023 from 16-17:30 Tuesday, 12 March 2024 from 15-16:30
Session 10 Peer group meeting, to be arranged between the group members before the final assignment deadline.
Final assignment deadline Tuesday, 16 January 2024 Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Mr. Vincent van der Vliet; lecturer.
Ms. Maarke Roelofs, PhD; contact person.

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 will encourage them to try and work with the software on their own. The course offers short lectures on design theory at the start of each session, 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 (for the theory lectures) and summaries of the practical subjects. The teacher will share all of these with the students after the corresponding session.
Register for this course by contacting the course coordinator (late registration deadline = October 25, 2023 for period 2 or January 24, 2024 for period 3). Inform the course coordinator by e-mail ( of the following: 1) which year of your Master's programme you are in; and 2) if you are enrolled in the General Research Profile.
Please note that (second year) General Research Profile students are given priority.
The maximum number of participants  per group is 16.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programmes

Prerequisite knowledge
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