Using the Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources for Creative Cloud

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 by Adobe Education Latest activity: Aug 23, 2015

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The Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources have been redesigned and updated for Creative Cloud. The resources include four project-based curriculums that develop career and communication skills in the areas of web design and development, graphic design and print and digital media publication, animation and interaction design, and video production using Adobe Creative Cloud tools. All four curriculums are aligned to the Adobe Certified Associate exams.

New with this version, the resources have been redesigned so they can more easily be used to build or supplement your own custom curriculum. In addition to curriculums and projects, the resources now feature short, task-based activities that, while used to make up the larger projects in the Adobe curriculums, can also be used to teach discreet project management, design, research and communication, and technical skills as you see fit.

Are you planning on using the Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources for Creative Cloud or are you already using them? Join the discussion here and share your plans for using the resources with your students, your experience teaching with them, and your thoughts on how we can continue to update and improve them.

Thanks for your feedback!

UPDATE: We recently published the first of a two part workshop on how to use the Adobe Digital Careers curriculum. Check it out here and stay tuned for the publication of Part 2.

Comments (71)

Michael Jon Axl

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 7:37 PM - Permalink

After years of using Adobe products without getting certified, I have finally embarked on getting certified in all their products. I have recently also decided after years of procrastinating to become a teacher. These courses and resources should help me build on my knowledge as a graphic designer and help me motivate the next generation of designers.

Candie Witherspoon

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 5:34 AM - Permalink

Thanks for updating and sharing these resources. I am currently using Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom in my High School Photography Class. I am also planning on working on my own certifications. I've spent years learning and using Adobe software, but have not yet pursued the certifications. Partly due to the constant changes in the software and expense to retake for renewals.

Ms Lynn Cobbs

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 2:57 PM - Permalink

I am using the Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources to study for the ACA exam. I plan to use short, task based activities in training. I plan to include the Copyright and Fair Use activity in all professional development training I facilitate. Lack of understanding is a primary cause of educators stifling students creativity by limiting resources used in assignments.

Rusty Bryson

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 12:38 PM - Permalink

I will use these both in the classroom and to study up for the ACA test! Since I am in a private K-8 school, I don't think my students will be taking the test but I will!

Chris Lane

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 6:07 PM - Permalink

I am about to begin a web design course at the high school where I teach. Some of these tools will be very helpful. I am already using the curriculum for Premiere Pro and we are getting ready to start preparing students for the ACA test.


Posted on Apr 22, 2015 9:03 PM - Permalink

I am currently using the curriculum to study for my ACA exams. Hoping to pass all of them.

Adobe Education

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 9:10 PM - Permalink

Good Luck!

Hayley Miller

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 6:04 PM - Permalink

I would love to study up and take ACA exams but I think I am still a little green for that. My goal is to take the ACA exam by next summer. This summer my goal is to finish my own website for teaching my classes and interacting with my students. If anyone has any advice for me on that front I would gladly accept it!

sofia katsikadi

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 9:55 PM - Permalink

I am already using the curriculum because I am studying at the moment for my ACA exams. I am proficient in Photoshop and InDesign and I teach others for the last 2 years. I am a trainer and I want to became an ACA educator. My next step is to take the expert exams in Photoshop and InDesign to became Certified Instructor :) Fingers crossed for the results!

Judy Durkin

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 12:11 AM - Permalink

I have had a horrible time with the exams. I know the programs inside and out and yet I can't seem to pass the expert exam because I get hung up on the questions - I overthink them, I think. I have always been a lousy test-taker no matter how well I know the content. I panic. I freeze. I have nightmares about the Adobe exams.

Robert G West

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 10:01 PM - Permalink

I would love to hear from people who have taken Adobe certifying exams. My own experience with an exam was terrible.

As a professional photographer, I use Lightroom daily and I decided to challenge myself with the LR certification exam. I purchased the Lightroom Classroom in a Book text and worked my way through from cover to cover, focusing on elements of the program that I rarely use. Before taking the exam, I went through each and every objective listed at the start of each chapter and was quite confident with them

The exam is a computer-based exam which, surprisingly, never brings you into an Adobe program. Rather, you have questions about using the software and no task to solve with the software (this goes against everything that the Education Exchange supports regarding how to teach and evaluate). Tasks with multiple solutions are presented with only one method qualifying as a correct answer, so, for example, if you don't typically use a keyboard shortcut for a task, you get the question wrong, even if you would have easily completed the task in the actual program.

In the end, I believe that my score was in the 50's, which could not have surprised me more. Then the exam explains to you that the passing score was, if I remember correctly, a 65%. Does Adobe seriously think that a 65% on an exam makes you a "certified expert"? Either their standards are remarkably low, or the test is remarkably horrible- I'd assert it's the latter.

Adobe's exams need to be based on clearly stated and specific objectives. If the Classroom in a Book's objectives can be completely demonstrated by a candidate, then the exam score should be 100%. Testing things outside of the objectives is not valid, and writing vague objectives prevents the student from knowing how to prepare for evaluation.

I love the idea of certification of skill sets and knowledge, but Adobe needs to write real objectives and test to them in a appropriate manner- the Lightroom exam was ridiculous.

Justine Criswell

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 7:19 AM - Permalink

The resources for Adobe CC look amazing! I am looking forward to trying out some of the lessons in my middle school classroom. Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources has given me exciting opportunities to enhance my curriculum and see how so many others are adapting and sharing ideas. Thanks Adobe EE.

David Sharpe

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 4:35 AM - Permalink

These are fundamental concepts that are so critical in digital careers. These basic skills and concepts are often over looked, but are so important in management of digital assets. I have worked in several locations where these skills were never taught to older employees and management of assets was a nightmare. Learn these lesson early.

Jessica Gauci

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 11:57 AM - Permalink

Thank you for sharing!

James Adkins

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 5:09 AM - Permalink

Currently have CS6, will one day be moving to CC. Can't wait.

Darcus Whitley

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 1:00 AM - Permalink

I am looking forward to teaching this next semester. Not sure I will have CC by then, but will adapt.

Amelia Scott

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 2:06 AM - Permalink

I will definitely be implementing many of these resources as a part of our digital design curriculum and general pedagogy.

Chris Schnell

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 3:49 PM - Permalink

I just started looking at the developed resources and am very excited about the quality and breakdown of Adobe Digital Careers Curriculum projects.
Our lecturing team are currently reviewing our delivery and projects for 2015. We also have just started running ACA exams. So it looks like we will spend some time working through the Adobe syllabus. What a great, contemporary and relevant resource.
Thank you - Chris

Stephen Armstrong

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 1:09 AM - Permalink

I am looking forward to using the resources provided here to enhance and enrich my classroom

Christina Read

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 9:46 PM - Permalink

With the new push for college and career readiness, having students participate in ACA is a perfect match. I wish I knew if anyone has developed an a-g approved course around the content.

nockie rivera

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 5:56 AM - Permalink

i am already using the Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources for Creative Cloud in my teaching strategies.

Michelle Ewart

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 7:57 PM - Permalink

My background is in broadcasting, community college curriculum development and instruction, and public relations. Not ready to contribute, but will evaluate possible submissions. Thank you for this wonderful resource!

Michelle Ewart

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 7:54 PM - Permalink

I am presently studying for two ACA exams. I am excited about the future. My plans are to implement teaching Adobe in not-for-profit instruction.

Gale Bigbee

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 8:34 PM - Permalink

I've used (and am still using) several aspects of the Visual Design curriculum for years. There are wonderful rubrics, handouts, project ideas, etc. that I use to complement material I've created. There's wonderful material within each of the curriculum packages.

We used to have our students take the Photoshop certification exam and have discontinued its use because of it being a "simulated software exam." We emphasize keyboards shortcuts - these didn't work in the exams during the 3 years my students took the exam. A majority of the questions and tasks need to be answered the way the exam developers have programmed the questions to be answered. Really? Each software virtually has multiple ways to get the same results. Additionally, it was very frustrating to get straight answers from the administrative company on how each question was scored. After 3 years, I finally got tired of the hassles associated with administering the exams. I'd truly welcome an exam that can be administered using the actual software!

Richard Jeter

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 11:22 PM - Permalink

I'll definitely use several of the resources as a part of my digital design curriculum. I especially feel like the frameworks and matrices provide helpful support as scaffolding to build projects. One of my ideas is to do a themed series of projects using Photoshop and Illustrator where students will become graphic designers for a music group. They'll start by developing logos for the band which will be used to brand future projects including album artwork, a onesheet for the cd release, print publicity (posters, postcards, stickers) and ads for the web. I feel that this will provide students with opportunities to explore the diverse tools and to learn about things like designing for print using CMYK vs using RGB for web graphics, using vector graphics that can be resized with no loss of quality, etc.

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 2:23 PM - Permalink

This sounds like a great use of the curriculum in creating your own projects and pathways. We would love to hear about how it goes and, even better, you could create your own syllabus and share it on the AEE.

The AEE Team

sandro c mendes

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 11:27 PM - Permalink

When it starts? I want to do this now!

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 3:00 PM - Permalink

sandro c mendes

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 12:55 AM - Permalink

Thank you, I'm inside! Adobe Expert!!! \o/

Jody Campbell

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 9:18 PM - Permalink

I just started working my way through this workshop...I am excited at what i am seeing thus far and plan to use this resource in my next quarter to better plan my classes.

Jody Campbell

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 3:12 PM - Permalink

What a great resource.

Janet Cook

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 12:12 PM - Permalink

The first workshop mentioned was done last Dec. with a comment saying the second would be in the Spring. Was that ever done?

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 3:01 PM - Permalink

Janet Cook

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 11:50 PM - Permalink

UPDATE: We recently published the first of a two part workshop on how to use the Adobe Digital Careers curriculum. Check it out here and stay tuned for the publication of Part 2.

Janet Cook

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 12:00 PM - Permalink

Are the tests being changed to match these curricula? In the past the test has focused on only one software--Photoshop OR InDesign OR Dreamweaver. Is the test now going to include InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat? Please give details as to the exam you will be using in May, 2015.

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 2:57 PM - Permalink

Yes - the ACA and ACE exams have all been updated for the CC version of the software and curricula. However the tests are still for only one software.

The AEE Team

Janet Cook

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 11:52 PM - Permalink

Which curricula are best for Photoshop and Dreamweaver? The Visual Design course includes four products.

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 6:16 PM - Permalink

Dear Janet.

Visual Design is best for Photoshop and Digital Design is best for Dreamweaver, however students also use Photoshop in Digital Design just not as in depth as Visual Design.

The AEE Team

Janet Cook

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 2:41 PM - Permalink

How do we get the details of the new exams and how to best prepare our students to take the exams? Are there sample exams or detailed lists of what's on the exams?

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 2:21 PM - Permalink

Maureen Corcoran

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 2:56 PM - Permalink

I am glad Adobe has created and published these resources. I have been trying to build a digital medial curriculum from scratch and have been feeling a little lost. This has helped me focus and understand how to approach skills and projects.

Alisha Crawford

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 8:47 PM - Permalink

Very inviting love all this inspiration. I find more and more I'm leaning towards becoming an Adobe Certified Educator.

tina ellingwood

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 3:14 AM - Permalink

I am going to explore this more. I am new to this site and all the info it offers. I like the certification component I think that would add even more to our current pathways and portfolio classes

Carleather Ponder

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 5:42 PM - Permalink

I am about to start teaching Photoshop and InDesign in a communication Technology class using CS5 and I am going to use Visual Design to create a curriculum for the class. I need all the help I can get with designing curriculum and assessments for these components.

Adobe Education

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 2:58 PM - Permalink

Hope it's useful to you. You should consider using the Syllabus Builder to create your custom curriculum so everyone on the AEE can see what you're teaching in your classroom. Would also be a great way to get feedback on your plan for the year. And don't forget to let us know how the content works for you.

Nathan Tillett

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 4:31 PM - Permalink

I am about to start teaching an Intro to Photoshop and Premiere class this fall and I'm going to use Visual Design and Video Production to create a curriculum for the class. Before doing so, I'd like to find out your thoughts on these two curriculum's. Did you find them resourceful, did you need to make any changes to them once you found out the skill sets of your students? Is it good to pull parts of both of them to create one curriculum?

Henry Sandoval

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 7:26 PM - Permalink

I am new to this site. I am trying to write a curriculum for my new Digital Printing & Design class.

Britta Groenning

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 10:05 AM - Permalink

One more Indesign guide is missing...

In the chapter How to create layout in Indesign A file is missing:

"InDesign guide: How to combine graphics frames and text frames"

Could you upload it?

Adobe Education

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 7:09 PM - Permalink

Thanks. The missing file has been added.

Britta Groenning

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 9:38 AM - Permalink

I downloaded all Indesign materials under Digital career. In the lase chapter the Indesign guide "How to use adaptive layouts" is missing. Anyone know where to find it?

Adobe Education

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 4:16 PM - Permalink

Britta - the missing file has been added to the Publishing with InDesign activity. Thanks for letting us know it had gone missing.

Aimee Duarte

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 12:24 AM - Permalink

I recently added the adobe curriculum to my classes and look forward to exploring new ideas!

Mark Whigham

Posted on May 30, 2014 6:48 AM - Permalink

We teach several of the adobe classes and are aligning them with the abode certification. This workshop information is very informative.

Jonathan Mortimer

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 8:42 AM - Permalink

This is my first exposure to the ‘Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources for Creative Cloud’ as a newbie; I would welcome any and all recommendations in the fields or animation and illustration…

Kathleen Schassen

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 6:19 PM - Permalink

As an instructor at a design school for college-level, it is nice to see structured courses for the Adobe products happening at the high school level. I also like the emphasis on professionalism and real-world applications (projects). The courses I've designed mostly follow what Adobe has done, however I can always use better rubrics. I would like to see examples of term projects with steps broken down and associated rubrics. Thank you Adobe for bringing us all together with these resources!

Adobe Education

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 2:31 AM - Permalink

It's great to hear so many of your are using or plan to use the curriculum. Please do let us know how you use it, what works, what doesn't, and so on. This feedback is invaluable so we can continue to refine and improve the curriculums when we update them.

Sue Alexander

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 7:20 PM - Permalink

I joined the Exchange to help me design the curriculum for a new Middle School dgital arts class. I've found so much helpful and time-saving information, but must confess to a bad case of spinning mind syndrome right now. I look forward to spending a lot more time with these resources as I move from the big picture goals of the class into the targeted learning.

Sue Hunt

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 5:57 PM - Permalink

I have been teaching InDesign to 1st and 2nd year college students since August 2007. I have made many changes to our curriculum in that time. I am taking this workshop in order to find some fresh ways to motivate my students. I get tired of using the same projects every semester and try to incorporate the new features Adobe puts into each update. I am also looking for efficient ways to assign grades. The rubrics are something I am definitely interested in.

Karen Henchy

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 6:53 PM - Permalink

I'm planning to add the Adobe curriculum in September. I feel that offering this to our students will be beneficial and a lifetime skill. I will begin using the curriculum as is for this first year of implementation and then I will adjust as needed. Thank you so much for making this transition easily.


michael kearney

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 4:43 PM - Permalink

Chris Lucas

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 3:23 PM - Permalink

We are looking to begin a brand new Adobe curriculum and I have been reviewing this program. It looks extremely beneficial. I wonder how the students do with following the written lessons.

michael kearney

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 4:45 PM - Permalink

Most of the students I've used this with don't seem to have a problem. It's the students that are lazy/not good readers that usually have problems.

Russell Sadberry

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 2:29 PM - Permalink

We have been using the Adobe Resources for teaching our Technology Applications classes. We are in the process of transitioning to CTE. We will be using the Adobe Digital Careers curriculum as we move our curriculum in that direction.

Thanks for these great resources!

Joanne Bradley

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 9:28 PM - Permalink

I have used many of the resources in the creative curriculum, and plan to use even more as they appear. I remind my students that the projects are compliments of the Adobe teaching resources that will help prepare them for certification by teaching them real world projects that will enhance their learning. That gets their attention.

michael kearney

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 7:07 PM - Permalink

I really like the updated curriculums. I use all three in high school.

michael kearney

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 7:07 PM - Permalink

Todd Rafferty

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 4:12 AM - Permalink


Judy Durkin

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 8:23 AM - Permalink

I decided to take the workshop - - and there I was! on the second screen! I cannot praise enough this series of resources from Adobe. I am planning for next semester and integrating almost all of the lessons and certainly the rubrics and standards.

Cheers to Adobe for helping us through a very complicated maze - that of what, when, and how to teach these invaluable products!

Trevor Milevskiy

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 2:31 AM - Permalink

This is a great resource as it gives me ideas that will allow my students to progress further with their skills.

susan leequee

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 8:55 PM - Permalink

The updated guides are great improvement. I really appreciate the suggestions on how to work with the activities and including the software in the curriculum. After doing the AET, reading and deconstructing these guides has been so much easier for me, now. I can now purposefully plan them in my syllabus. For instance the Digital Video lesson plans and activities and how those activities have been pulled out, so that they are manageable and easier to implement. Much appreciated.

Rajesh Krishnan

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 1:28 PM - Permalink

An awesome effort to put a framework. Saves me 90% of time in preparing and brainstorming.