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ART-1210-VA01X - Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud

Synonym: 189520
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Friday, 05:00P - 09:00P & Saturday & Sunday, 08:30A - 05:30P
Semester Dates: 09-06-2019 to 10-06-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-12-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 09-24-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Marty Leech | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
Technological Literacy
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the industry-standard software package for professional graphic designers for use in digital image manipulation, digital illustration and page layout. Students will learn basic navigating skills within the Adobe Creative Cloud software, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students will learn how to select, modify, adjust, combine, and manipulate pre-existing digital raster images, as well as the basic method for creating new vector images from scratch. Students will then investigate how these images can be integrated with type to create a page layout.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate fundamental skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for use in print and Web application.
2. Explain the differences between bitmap/raster images and vector graphics, and the software used for each.
3. Import and export files between software packages, including usage of various file formats such as .psd, .eps, .gif, .tif, .jpeg, .png, .ai, and .indd.
4. Demonstrate methods for optimizing size, color, and quality of images and/or photographs using Photoshop.
5. Create vector graphics and utilize tools to create, resize, and manipulate type in Illustrator.
6. Create basic page layout using key tools such as master pages and style sheets within InDesign.
7. Examine and discuss traditional methods of design and pre-press, with reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
8. Design and complete individual projects.
9. Display finished works in a professional manner.


Teaching methods:

  • Class demonstration and lecture
  • Class critique
  • Individual and small group activities
  • Class discussion and online forums
  • Project work

No text is required for this class. Instead, we will utilize Adobe Creative Cloud online tutorials, in-class demonstrations, lectures, and discussions. However, a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud is necessary for success in this class. Student rates are available for Adobe CC at You may also find Adobe CC available at other venues at your discretion.

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance and punctuality 10%

Class participation: individual, group, and online 10%

Project assignments:

  • Photoshop 20%
  • Illustrator 20%
  • InDesign 20%

Final Project 20%

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Martha Leech
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV.

Because this is an accelerated class, please be aware that missing more than six (6) HOURS will result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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