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Course module: BMB504321
Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for Scientific Purposes
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB504321
ECTS Credits1.5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personM.J.E. Roelofs, PhD
Course contact
M.J.E. Roelofs, PhD
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (14/11/2022 to 05/02/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkContact coordinator for registration. Priority to (2nd year) General Research Profile students. Max 16 per group.
Enrolment periodfrom 19/09/2022 up to and including 02/10/2022
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Additional informationYou will be enrolled for this course by administration of the programme of this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
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):  9 November 2022 - 5 February 2023 [group period 2] or 6 February 2023 - 23 April 2023 [group period 3]. 

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 Wednesday, 9 November 2022 from 16-17:30 Monday, 6 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 2 Friday, 11 November 2022 from 16-17:30 Wednesday, 8 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 3 Wednesday, 16 November 2022 from 16-17:30 Monday, 13 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 4 Friday, 18 November 2022 from 16-17:30 Wednesday, 15 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 5 Wednesday, 23 November 2022 from 16-17:30 Monday, 20 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 6 Friday, 25 November 2022 from 16-17:30 Wednesday, 22 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 7 Friday, 2 December 2022 from 16-17:30 Monday, 27 February 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 8 Friday, 9 December 2022 from 16-17:30 Monday, 6 March 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 9 Friday, 16 December 2022 from 16-17:30 Monday, 13 March 2023 from 15-16:30
Session 10 Peer group meeting, to be arranged between the group members before the final assignment deadline.
Final assignment deadline Friday, 13 January 2023 Monday, 27 March 2023

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 the 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.
Register for this course by contacting the course coordinator (late registration deadline = October 25, 2022 for period 2 or January 24, 2023 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
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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