The University of the arts

Adobe Creative Suite Overview
The University of the Arts

CE 1403C 01 Adobe Creative Suite Overview

CE 1403C 01

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Christine Bailey



Spring 2017

  • (Feb. 1 to Apr. 12)
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 3.00 Credits
  • 3.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $875 / Fees: $40
  • Non-Credit
  • Tuition: $765 / Fees: $40
Have little to no experience with Adobe design software? This course outlines the fundamentals of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Learn the basics of image resolution, scanning, image import/export, print setup, photo adjustments and vectors, as well as introductory typography and design. You'll gain a better understanding of how these three software programs work together and independently to create products for print and web. This course offers navigational and introductory essentials, as well as a solid foundation for ongoing design exploration.

Course Overview

Each class will be divided between a lectures/design objectives and in-class work. Some weeks will require students to complete out of classroom assignments. This course will integrate the theory of typography and design within each project by way of examples and readings. Students will be responsible for getting work printed for assignments. Readings, Quizzes, Design Projects, Design Objectives (Lectures), Presentations and Critiques, will all be part of the curriculum.

There are no prerequisites for this course; however, to ensure your success, it is recommended that students have a solid working knowledge of the MAC platform, Operating System and basic computing skills.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Identify the individual differences between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Manage files between the three programs in an effective and professional manner
  • Understand the use of basic typography
  • Learn how to properly download, install and use fonts
  • Prepare images with proper resolution for both print and web applications.
  • Learn how to import and/or use existing photos properly with understanding of copyright issues.
  • Modify photos using Photoshop
  • Create projects that can be used as portfolio builders
  • Gain proficiency with the pen tool, vector shapes, pathfinder and gradients
  • Mock up layout designs with an understanding of print and/or internet prep by way of packaging files
  • Create a full pdf of all semester work to present as a final pdf portfolio

What will you do in class?

  • Design Lectures/Presentations
  • Design Projects
  • Software Vocabulary Quizzes
  • Critiques

What topics will be covered?

Overview of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign

Suggested readings or links to other content:

Software: Course will be conducted using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in class. Adobe CC is the version we will be using in the classroom. Adobe Acrobat will also be used to view pdf files. Students will have access to the computer labs during the course of the term.

Literature: Required Readings will be supplied by the instructor
Recommended but not Required:
• “How to Design Cool Stuff” Before and After Magazine by John Wade
• “Thinking with Type” Ellen Lupton
• The “WOW!” series for advanced technique.

For tutorials and additional help it is recommended to visit or for video tutorials. These tutorials are free and/or low cost.


  • USB drive with a minimum memory capacity of 2GB
  • Sketchbook (suggested, for notes, planning projects and idea sketching)