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Adobe Software Suite

Adobe Software Suite at SRJCProgram Overview

SRJC’s Computer Studies Department offers a robust package of courses in Adobe Creative Cloud's most popular applications, including industry leaders Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. These courses offer students an overview and in-depth knowledge of Adobe's professional-level software.

The Adobe program offers four pathways – a certificate of achievement covering multiple applications and three application-specific skill certificates.

 


 

Adobe Applications Specialist Certificate

The 15-unit Adobe Applications Specialist Skills Certificate provides an overview of Adobe's professional level graphics and page layout programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. This certificate supports individuals applying for new jobs, as well as those currently employed.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in image editing skills using Photoshop.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in vector skills using Illustrator.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in desktop publishing skills using InDesign.
  4. Use critical thinking skills to formulate, apply and integrate assets in a workflow environment for PDF, screen or web using Adobe Creative Suite software.

» Learn more about the Adobe Applications Specialist Certificate requirements

 


 

Adobe Photoshop Entry Level Certificate

The six-unit Adobe Photoshop Entry Level Skills Certificate provides an entry level course of study in Adobe Photoshop. This course of study helps prepare the student to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) industry-standard exam in Adobe Photoshop.

A Photoshop ACA has earned a certification that validates entry-level skills in visual communication, for careers including, but not limited to, marketing, Web development, photography, digital media, and graphic design. It indicates an intermediate level of depth and breadth of Photoshop knowledge and experience and enhances the recipients' value in the job market.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize intermediate-level features of Adobe Photoshop, including the correct usage of layer, vector, and clipping masks.
  2. Create and edit complex digital images using basic through intermediate Photoshop features.
  3. Use critical thinking skills to evaluate an image, develop a strategy to repair and/or enhance it, and make the appropriate adjustments.
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to pass the Adobe Certified Associate exam.
  5. Perform the Photoshop skills essential to an entry-level position in photography, digital art, desktop publishing, or Web page design.

» Learn more about the Adobe Photoshop Entry Level Certificate requirements

 


 

Adobe Certification Training in Illustrator Certificate

The six-unit Adobe Certification Training in Illustrator Skills Certificate provides instruction in the vector graphic program, Illustrator. This program of study helps prepare the student for the Adobe Illustrator ACE industry exam, and will enhance the student's value in the job market. The skills are applicable to occupations involving printed and web media.

Illustrator is the most widely used graphics program to create vector graphics for packaging and design for both print and the web. This program is widely used by graphic artists, illustrators, web designers and desktop publishers.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Create a variety of documents that exhibit the full gamut of Illustrator skills from beginning to advanced levels.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to formulate, apply and integrate assets in transferring Illustrator documents into print, PDF, or web environments.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge necessary to complete the studies for the Adobe certified expert industry exam in Adobe Illustrator.

» Learn more about the Adobe Certification Training in Illustrator Certificate requirements

 


 

Adobe Certification Training in InDesign Certificate

The seven-unit Adobe Certification Training in InDesign Skills Certificate provides provides a course of study that will prepare the computer user to master skills needed to prepare desktop publishing projects using InDesign. Students will also be prepared to pass the Adobe InDesign industry certification test. Successful completion of the test will indicate a particular depth and breadth of desktop publishing skills and will enhance the recipient's value in the job market.

InDesign is one of the most widely used Desktop Publishing programs used by graphic designers, publishers and companies for production of catalogs, brochures, newsletters and other printed materials. The ability to use InDesign will greatly enhance a student's ability to find employment in public relations, communications, graphic design, and printing occupations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Create a variety of desktop publishing documents that exhibit the full feature set of InDesign skills from beginning to advanced levels.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to complete the studies for the Adobe Certified Expert industry exam in Adobe InDesign.
  3. Use critical thinking skills to design a multi-document workflow environment for print.
  4. Use critical thinking skills to formulate, apply, and integrate assets in a workflow environment for PDF, screen or web using Adobe Creative Suite software.
  5. Use current technology to develop a collaborative work environment, share files, manage developmental versions, set up review cycles and interact in real-time virtual meetings.

» Learn more about the Adobe Certification Training in Illustrator Certificate requirements

 

 

    Recent Graduates

    “I am taking Photoshop 2 in the fall so I am excited to get a certificate after the next two classes. I know that being able to offer this certificate will help me in any employment opportunities as evidence of my competence along with my portfolio.”
    — Recent Program Graduate

    Graduates of this program have gone on to become web developers, digital journalists, photographers, and graphic designers.

    Career Paths

    Skills with Adobe software are used in many careers, including art directors, craft artists, fine artists, desktop publishers, graphic designers, interior designers, multimedia artists, photographers, technical writers, and web developers.

    Job titles include:

    • Art Director
    • Craft and Fine Artist
    • Desktop Publisher
    • Graphic Designer
    • Interior Designer
    • Multimedia Artist
    • Photographer
    • Technical Writer
    • Web Developer

    » Learn more about Art Director careers

    » Learn more about Craft and Fine Artist careers

    » Learn more about Desktop Publisher careers

    » Learn more about Graphic Designer careers

    » Learn more about Interior Designer careers

    » Learn more about Multimedia Artist careers

    » Learn more about Photographer careers

    » Learn more about Technical Writer careers

    » Learn more about Web Developer careers

    Labor Statistics

    Art Director median pay $109,600 per year
    Art Director job outlook, 2018-28 1% growth
    Craft Artist median pay $48,760 per year
    Craft Artist job outlook, 2018-28 1% growth
    Graphic Designer median pay $56,510 per year
    Graphic Designer job outlook, 2018-28 3% growth
    Photographer median pay $45,440 per year
    Photographer job outlook, 2018-28 6% decline
    Technical Writer median pay $76,860 per year
    Technical Writer job outlook, 2018-28 8% growth
    Web Developer median pay $82,370 per year
    Web Developer job outlook, 2018-28 13% growth

    » Learn more about Art Director labor statistics

    » Learn more about Craft Artist labor statistics

    » Learn more about Graphic Designer labor statistics

    » Learn more about Photographer labor statistics

    » Learn more about Technical Writer labor statistics

    » Learn more about Web Developer labor statistics

     

     

    Contact Information

    Adobe Software Suite Program
    Computer Studies Department

    Donald Laird
    Adobe Software Suite Lead Faculty
    dlaird@santarosa.edu
    (707) 527-4778
    Maggini Hall 3rd Floor, CS Dept Office

     

     

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