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Adobe Student Institute

Registration deadline: May 24, 2024
Course Capacity: 100 seats
Eligibility: Open to all students, undergraduate & graduate (must be enrolled for summer or fall 2024 course work). 

Course Description

Participants will be introduced to Adobe Creative Cloud and complete short self-paced projects that provide the opportunity to produce artifacts they can use to improve their digital literacy skills and prepare them for their life after they finish their UTSA journey. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

Graphic Design Fundamentals: 

  • Identify the tools in Photoshop for editing photos. 
  • Create a photo collage by editing photos in Photoshop.  
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of layers.  

Vector Graphics Fundamentals: 

  • Select the appropriate tools in Illustrator for illustrated objects. 
  • Design a vector graphic of a simple object using Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator. 

Print Design Fundamentals: 

  • Identify the various options for typography and graphic layout.  
  • Design multipage layouts using Adobe InDesign. 
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of Adobe InDesign. 

Video Editing and Content Creation: 

  • Discover the impact of video media on self-promotion. 
  • Create content for YouTube. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to edit in Premiere Rush. 

Critical Thinking and Application: 

  • Apply graphic design principles and skills across various software and tools. 
  • Analyze design choices and their effectiveness in real-world projects. 
  • Create compelling visual and multimedia content for diverse purpose

Course Format

The Adobe Student Institute is a self-paced program that will consist of asynchronous video sessions. Each session includes four videos you can rewatch until you're comfortable with the software. Peer Technology Tutors and graduate assistants will be available to assist you if needed.       

Students will be introduced to basic applications included in Adobe Creative Cloud, a tool that is free for all UTSA students. Students will be able to complete short projects that will give them the opportunity to produce artifacts that they can use to improve their digital literacy skills and prepare them for their life after they finish their UTSA journey.   

Course Calendar

This self-paced course runs asynchronously May 28th – August 7th.

Time Commitment and Course Completion Requirements

The time commitment for this course is estimated to be 10-15 hours, but largely depends on previous skills level and exposure to Adobe tools.

To receive the certificate of completion and the $50 gift card, participants must complete the following four projects* in Canvas by August 7, 2024.

  1. Photoshop: create a photo collage that can be used online. 
  2. Illustrator: create a vector Illustration of a simple object. 
  3. InDesign: create a multipage document in Adobe InDesign. 
  4. Premiere Rush: create a two-minute video about your UTSA journey.

*If your portfolio is incomplete, ignores concepts covered during the course, includes the work created in the past, or content created by others, you will not qualify for the incentive. If you have a question about the quality of the project and want to know if it meets the guidelines of the course, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor via Canvas or email

Incentives/Certifications upon Completion

Upon completion of all requirements, participants will receive a certificate of completion and a one-time $50 gift card.

Contact Information

Email in the office of Teaching, Learning & Digital Transformation, if you have any questions.