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Using the Adobe Digital Careers Teaching Resources for Creative Cloud

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. 

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Erika Quick

Posted on 1/17/20 9:28:40 PM Permalink

​Hello, I teach high school New Media classes in Wyoming. Courses included Media Lit & Civics, Photography, Intro to Broadcast, Advance Broadcast, Film Appreciation, Film Production, and Certification. I look forward to growing our program and supporting our community with these amazing tools.

Karen Brennand

Posted on 12/29/19 3:00:00 AM Permalink

​I am a 3-year high school special education student with a few degrees in Media Design and Learning Technology and Transitioning Certification for guiding students toward career and/or employment decisions. In this position I have seen that students who have different success platforms for learning are drawn to gaming, digital design, and graphics. So - I am now in my first semester of teaching high school graphic design to students who have been spending the last 3 months with a substitute teacher who was not trained to teach digital-design curriculum. Therefore, classroom management, students' desires for learning, and motivation are lacking on all fronts. I'm using as much of the Adobe curriculum that I can put my hands on to hopefully turn these students around to experience exciting and challenging projects that will help them in future careers of all kinds, as well as recognize this knowledge can help with their core subject matter class projects. I eat, sleep, breathe PSD and AI and looking forward to sharing that passion with my students!

Shelby McNutt

Posted on 10/28/19 5:51:58 PM Permalink

The Adobe Education Exchange has been a tremendous benefit to my personal study of Photoshop, but it has enhanced my lessons I have created for my students! IT has allowed students to work on other classwork in my room that will be turned in to their history/english/math teachers. I have designed my lesson projects for the students to begin with my assignment but to allow them to expand their knowledge base by using Photoshop in other classes. Thanks Adobe Education Exchange!​

jo flo

Posted on 9/23/19 5:49:10 PM Permalink

​I'm new to this forum. I teach a digital media class and have students that are interested in graphic design, video, photography, etc but we don't have the software to teach them. I would like to get certified to teach the kids. I have some experience using AI and Photoshop and would like to offer this to my students. Are there any resources that Adobe offers economically disadvantaged students?

Stefania Buzatu

Posted on 9/5/19 9:16:02 AM Permalink

​Sounds like proper fun, I cannot wait to share this with my students

Adrienne Shilling

Posted on 8/5/19 11:07:35 PM Permalink

I'm here because I'm hosting a class where students can use the Adobe Resources (all the apps etc) our schools has been 'given.' My goal is to focus on a few (maybe just photoshop) of the apps?certifications this semester and even if I get one student certified it will be a success. Nobody else could fit this into their schedule but I didn't want our students to miss out.


Posted on 7/31/19 2:00:48 PM Permalink

​When I signed in for Adobe Education Exchange I knew I was embarking on a new adventure and would be working on a new platform and for the young ones I would be reaching out to. I have been a graphic artist for many years and my platform for training was another program entirely. Photoshop was an occasional stop area. Many years ago I bought a book "Design Education For the Middle Years (A Teacher's Guide by D.M. Shae & J.M Reeve)." The curriculum layout in the book on design education was quite different to the one used during my training period. Finally, I got to know about Adobe Education Exchange. The curriculum -the scope of learning I found was very extensive than anything on graphic design curriculum I have ever come across. Despite the vast areas to be covered, I am prepared to learn and at the same time expose young people to the world of Adobe Creative tools. The resources, application(s) etc how do we get them and then the cost -I will like to be informed as a starter -Where do I start from? For the purpose of my education which subsequently will be passed to co-facilitators working with young people. Starting with the curriculum outlay was paramount to me and then the training sessions. I am thankful for the opportunity given to be part of this learning and professional community. Your advice for a starter trainer will be appreciated. I look forward that in few years time the young people from this end would be relating with others. Thanks

Wendy Turrentine

Posted on 7/22/19 4:32:43 PM Permalink

​Adobe Education Exchange has provided excellent resources since it's beginnings. I have been teaching this curriculum for some time and although there are third party resources available, I always come back to what the AEE has to offer. Although I have the same frustrations as others with the finances involved in keeping a program such as this going but we must remember how important it is to provide the industry with qualified individuals. As educators we must stand strong and keep telling our admins about the importance of such an excellent program.

Latia Murray

Posted on 7/12/19 2:39:30 PM Permalink

​This is a great resource for curriculum, and certification is a benefit for the students as well. I agree with some of the other teachers. Funding is an issue for us as well. The programs cost quite a bit, so shared information about grants would also be helpful!

Dana Anderson

Posted on 6/19/19 5:15:39 PM Permalink

​I am excited to offer these classes to my students. I hope to learn myself, so that I can be a better teacher!!

Crystal Violette

Posted on 6/3/19 10:19:33 AM Permalink

Looking forward to offering the ACE to our students next school year. The only problem is funding to renew testing contract. If anyone has a grant we can apply for please let me know.

Thank You.​

Fayza Salman

Posted on 5/25/19 9:11:25 PM Permalink

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/29/19 6:24:52 AM Permalink

Hello Fayza,

Feel free to begin with Visual Design. You do not need to be a teacher. Once you are familiar with visual design, you might explore a digital career. Secondly, you could begin the Digital Careers curriculum.​

Kimberly Dawson

Posted on 5/19/19 2:02:47 AM Permalink

​I had no idea that Adobe had so many resources for digital work careers, it really helps me to get organized.

Ben Nein

Posted on 5/3/19 6:24:58 PM Permalink

​These tools will go a long way towards improving the quality of my digital tools instruction moving forward. This is a serious leg up compared to my ad-hoc planning and teaching.

Jason Reagin

Posted on 4/10/19 12:47:55 AM Permalink

​These are some high quality resources!

Denise Perryman

Posted on 3/24/19 10:33:10 AM Permalink

The explanation above sounds very useful. ​Looking forward to adding more info to my curriculum.

Ben Konrad

Posted on 2/1/19 11:15:36 PM Permalink

Curious. I have a lot of the basic Adobe training but only recently was asked to train others. I am enjoying the refresher and the new challenges.​

Kim Lewis

Posted on 1/31/19 12:30:14 AM Permalink

​Has the curriculum been updated ? I'm just getting started with Adobe, but this was published in 2013 so I'm wondering if there is a newer version?

Adobe Education

Posted on 2/2/19 2:25:26 AM Permalink

Hello Kim,

Thank you for your interest in Digital Careers Teaching resources. We hope the resources should serve y​ou well! They should still be applicable. Enjoy!


Posted on 1/21/19 7:51:01 PM Permalink

​There a great resources. I am grateful to have so many resources here as an educator.

Kathleen Stalnaker

Posted on 1/11/19 3:34:58 PM Permalink

​I'm currently planning to use pieces of the curriculum to enhance my current teaching, but in the future my district is looking to implement more Adobe based classes and perhaps offer pathways to certification for students.

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/26/18 2:19:18 PM Permalink

Great resources, Thanks for sharing ​

Mohamed Moolla

Posted on 12/21/18 4:17:15 PM Permalink

​Great resources that will definitely assist in helping me develop new course content for my students

Maurizio Cavazzoni

Posted on 12/13/18 6:25:43 AM Permalink

Im planning on using some resources to introduce ACA Certifications in my High School​

Tim Hardie

Posted on 10/12/18 12:25:48 AM Permalink

I have moved away from Digital Design​, and into Coding & Digital Technologies, but I wanted to keep up-to-date. I think I may look to do ACE (but want to find out if I can sit exam somewhere here).

christophe Gigon

Posted on 10/8/18 4:02:11 AM Permalink

I ​enjoy the resources offered on the Digital Career center and look into using it as a backbone for a vertical alignment in secondary schools. My challenge is to balance out D&T skills and Digital Design skills in 5 years curriculae and to prepare students for pathways as diverse as Computer Science, Design and Design Technology.

Leah Bratcher

Posted on 8/17/18 4:56:19 AM Permalink

I am very new to teaching graphic design this year. I need to teach both Photoshop and illustrator and hopefully my high school kids will pass the test at the end. I will be using this website to it's fullest to help me be a better teacher and hopefully my students will succeed!​

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/17/18 3:09:09 PM Permalink

Good luck teaching graphic design Leah! Glad to hear you'll be using EdEx to help guide you. There are a lot of great graphic design resources here, along with thousands of others teaching that subject. Let us know how it goes!​

Linda Huebner

Posted on 7/10/18 7:32:34 PM Permalink

​I have been informed by administration that I need to teach lessons to assist our students in passing the ACA test. I'm confused on whether or not a student can successfully pass the ACA with only one year of training or does the student need a two year commitment?

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/17/18 3:07:59 PM Permalink

Hi Linda - the ACA is an entry level certification, so one year is usually more than enough, but of course it depends on the student. The Adobe Certified Expert generally requires two years of experience using Adobe tools, so that may be what is confusing you. ​

Daniel Timbal

Posted on 7/1/18 1:31:21 PM Permalink

I'm using these resources as a guide for in making our own graphics and design curriculum.​

Fayza Salman

Posted on 5/25/19 9:23:13 PM Permalink

Please I have a question is it only for teachers or it can be for self-learners?

Paul Cifone

Posted on 6/5/18 12:51:15 AM Permalink

​These curriculum resources match up quite well with a VET Creative Digital Media Course i am teaching so when i embark on re-vamping the course for 2019 i will definitely be replacing many of my old resources with the ones found her, especially the design, animation and image editing related areas!

Freddy Torres Vega

Posted on 2/15/18 4:44:02 PM Permalink

I plan on using these guidelines to be the backbone of my lesson plans.

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 1/22/18 8:05:26 PM Permalink

​These are highly valuable resources. I've been using them for over a year.

c.c. t

Posted on 12/18/17 6:57:52 AM Permalink

​Some good resources here. Thanks.

Sue Hunt

Posted on 10/21/17 3:13:26 PM Permalink

I am an Adjunct at a state community college. My main focus is InDesign and Illustrator. I would like to ​redirect my classes from a predominately print direction to one that includes more digital topics.

Catherine Codd Bower

Posted on 8/21/17 10:54:07 PM Permalink

​I am a high school Graphic Arts teacher. This is a second Career for me so I had some catching up to do with technology and current Adobe products. Last year we transitioned to Adobe Creative Cloud. I would love to get my students prepared for the ACA exam. I would also like to take it myself. I'm hoping this mini course will help learn how to do that.

Jennifer Lee

Posted on 7/6/17 8:04:39 PM Permalink

​I've taught Photoshop for years, but this will be the first year I'm teaching it as an ACE instructor with the goal of my students passing the ACA exam. I'm going to use some of the resources in the Visual Communications curriculum along with some of the projects in the LEARN Adobe Photoshop CC book that was recommended as well. My goal for the next few weeks is to examine the objectives of the ACA exam, and create an outline of topics and projects for this school year. I'm very overwhelmed right now!

Scott Buckley

Posted on 6/23/17 11:03:31 PM Permalink

​Some Ideas I like and will enjoy continuing to refine are file sharing and organization strategies for digital collaboration.

Tim Smith

Posted on 5/30/17 2:46:46 PM Permalink

​Just joining the forum although I have been teaching graphic Communications for many years. Looking forward to some fresh ideas and aligning my curriculum with the ACA testing program. any suggestions for starters?

Marcia Latta

Posted on 5/26/17 3:09:21 PM Permalink

​I would love recommendations for starting a new program for students with no previous exposure to adobe and fairly new computer literacy skills. I welcome suggestions for low-level intro lessons. Thanks!

Héctor Adolfo Bernal Sandoval

Posted on 3/15/17 3:03:45 PM Permalink

Since starting my studies as a graphic designer I have had the ability to use Adobe products, and I believe that they can in addition to enabling the evolution of technical skills can open the look from a creative and multidisciplinary point of view.

Rosalyn Chiupka

Posted on 3/9/17 8:15:09 PM Permalink

​I have been using Adobe products for over 10 years. I have just discovered the curriculum and will be supplementing my New Media Design program with some of the lessons and resources.

Ben Davies

Posted on 2/3/17 12:32:55 AM Permalink

​I introduced Adobe products across the school last year creating my own lessons and resources. I am now reflecting on how last year went and searching for gaps and new ways of introducing learning outcomes. Goal is to adjust the balance of instruction and creative work, and introduce a wider variety of collaborative projects. Also, to up skill my self. I am self taught. Thanks to YouTube

Robin White

Posted on 1/31/17 6:32:55 PM Permalink

​I am using these resources for my personal/professional development and to prepare for the ACA certification. Thank you!

Dianne Curtis

Posted on 1/16/17 3:30:53 PM Permalink

​This is a wonderful program to show my employer so they can move forward into the digital world.

Vicki Mason

Posted on 1/2/17 6:38:55 PM Permalink

Where is Part 2 of the Adobe Digital Careers curriculum?​

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/17/17 5:56:41 PM Permalink

Dear Vicki,

When you say Part 2 - what are you specifically referring to? You can find all resources created for this curriculum here: If you mean Part 2 of the workshop we haven't completed that yet.

​The AEE Team

Jaime Irizarry

Posted on 8/29/16 5:38:49 PM Permalink

This is an awesome and amazing opportunity for educators. To have such a big software programs producers like Adobe, to come up with such a great tool for teachers. Not only helps us with our skills but also in giving us a curriculum to follow, an adapt, and make new lesson plans so our students can become the expert for tomorrow before even arriving to university. I'm sharing it with my other co-workers teachers at high school and they are loving it.

Brianne Forrest

Posted on 8/4/16 1:56:25 AM Permalink

Wow! I can't believe that such wonderful resources exist...

I always find myself and my colleagues constantly "reinventing the wheel" to create new lessons and projects all of the time and I am looking forward to using and sharing these resources with my department. I am still on summer vacation (as a Canadian) for another month, but already envision how I can integrate these lessons, activities, and projects as a basis for my media arts classes, as well as share with my colleague who teaches our photography and yearbook classes. Thank you so much for posting said resources.

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/4/16 4:03:03 PM Permalink

Glad they are helpful to you. Please spread the word to your colleagues and encourage them to join the Education Exchange to download the resources for themselves. We will also be updating this content soon and by joining they will be able to stay aware of the changes to this content as the Creative Cloud applications get updated with new and amazing features.

Emily Howard

Posted on 7/19/16 4:47:23 PM Permalink

This has allowed me to see how to create teamwork among my students. The assessment tools are wonderful. Also, this shows how to structure syllabi when working these products into our classes.


Posted on 6/20/16 1:35:40 PM Permalink

I have found some great resources here that I never knew existed. I have the Adobe CC suite but that was it. I didn't know where to start. I teach Yearbook and Business classes. It would be nice to talk to others who have Yearbook and see how they go about teaching ALLLLLL of the many components while making a Yearbook with the same students.

Janis Dean

Posted on 6/15/16 8:05:59 PM Permalink

Great resources. I will use them as they fit into skills and techniques for my Digital art course in our Fine Arts department. ACA is offered through the CTE dept. but I do not have that as a main focus of my curriculum. There are no doubt many crossover skills that I find very important in successful outcomes for both courses.

Karen Artis

Posted on 6/8/16 5:39:16 PM Permalink

Outstanding resources. It's my first go to when developing my units.

Natasha Stiles

Posted on 6/7/16 5:32:27 PM Permalink

Thank you for providing these resources.

Kimberley Merritt

Posted on 6/1/16 4:22:36 PM Permalink

How do you enroll for the

I just got an email saying that I could enroll today as the last day to enroll, but I can't enroll once I get there.

Can anyone help me with this? Thank you!

kmerritt0005 at email dot vccs dot edu


Posted on 6/2/16 9:34:54 PM Permalink

The date has been changed to June 3. It should work.

Vivian McKnight

Posted on 5/11/16 11:04:43 PM Permalink

I love that these resources are available. I have just beginning teaching middle school students about digital media. We use a few of the great Adobe Tools available, but hope to learn more about other tools. I loved the idea in a video having students getting certified so that they may start their digital media portfolio for when they graduate from high school (or sooner).

Will Blanco

Posted on 5/10/16 3:25:25 AM Permalink

The fact that these resources are "real life" tools and resources gives us a great advantage when educating.

will milne

Posted on 4/25/16 1:22:02 PM Permalink

These are great resources - especially for CTE classrooms. Would love to see a more photography-based resource in the future. Heck, maybe even a Lightroom ACA exam... One can dream, right?

Veronica Chiaravalli

Posted on 4/12/16 4:49:55 PM Permalink

I plan to use these resources. The only thing I need is to get into the latest versions like CC.

I have CS5 and CS5.5 but for my use.

The information in these curriculums are very interesting.

Cassandra Lee

Posted on 3/29/16 12:11:03 AM Permalink

On their own, the resources might not fit into the curricular framework, but integrating them with classwork, such as creating websites, collages, infographics or videos for certain subject projects, make these learning materials appealing.

Joel Whitehead

Posted on 3/28/16 8:48:12 PM Permalink

I using these resources for my own professional development in addition I'm using them to re-create or modify my existing certificate program.

BZB Designs

Posted on 3/8/16 8:00:25 AM Permalink

I am using the resources for my own self study so that I may receive my certification in visual design.

Claire Richards

Posted on 1/20/16 3:46:55 AM Permalink

In Australia we have a curriculum and I am going to investigate if it aligns with the International Society for Technology in Education Standards.

I plan on using some of these resources, particularly with young students because it is hard to know where to start with such professional programs and young children.

Elizabeth Heeney

Posted on 1/8/16 3:41:22 PM Permalink

Iam planning to implement these guides into my already existing digital photography course, but also looking to expand into other other areas using cc

Yolanda Payne

Posted on 12/3/15 3:15:25 AM Permalink

Looking to start a new course!!!

TShombi Basemore

Posted on 11/2/15 4:26:36 PM Permalink

Jaime Ball

Posted on 10/19/15 4:19:34 PM Permalink

Does anyone happen to know if there is a download for all the program guides in order. I am wishing to make a combined .pdf file for my students to use on the iPads, just like they would use a textbook. I did this myself back when we were using cs6 and it took hours to combine and create them. I do not understand why Adobe doesn't offer the guides in one pdf. Having them all separate pdfs is confusing to my students and a headache to direct students through if you simply use the "syllabus bundle". If there isn't a download of a combined pdf somewhere I will take the time to create one. If anyone else has already done this or if you might be interested in having a single pdf download with guides in a progressing order that follows the curriculum's order, comment below and I will be sure and post a link once I have combined the pdfs.

Adobe Education

Posted on 10/20/15 3:39:51 PM Permalink

Hi Jaime,

Do you mean the technical guides for each software for all of the curriculums put together or for an individual curriculum? If you can be a little more specific we can use this information moving forward. And have you seen the product specific syllabi? They may help with what you are looking for:

Learn Adobe Photoshop CC
Learn Adobe Indesign CC

Learn Adobe Illustrator CC
Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Learn Adobe Flash Professional CC
Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Learn Adobe Audition CC
Learn Adobe After Effects CC

The AEE Team

Adobe Education

Posted on 10/20/15 3:39:57 PM Permalink

Hi Jaime,

Do you mean the technical guides for each software for all of the curriculums put together or for an individual curriculum? If you can be a little more specific we can use this information moving forward. And have you seen the product specific syllabi? They may help with what you are looking for:

Learn Adobe Photoshop CC
Learn Adobe Indesign CC

Learn Adobe Illustrator CC
Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Learn Adobe Flash Professional CC
Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Learn Adobe Audition CC
Learn Adobe After Effects CC

The AEE Team

Sherry Hoover

Posted on 10/16/15 10:30:48 PM Permalink

Awesome references and very useable

Salheddine Boumaraf

Posted on 10/12/15 6:30:29 PM Permalink

Michael Collins

Posted on 9/18/15 12:26:30 PM Permalink

I love the Adobe Education Exchange. There was so much thought and planning in everything I spend time with. The other people that are on the exchange and that share their knowledge can save a teacher hours up hours of preparation and research.

michael kearney

Posted on 9/3/15 11:12:10 AM Permalink

No problem Lisa. I've been hoping that someone can take what I've done and improve, tweek, and modify to make it better.

michael kearney

Posted on 9/3/15 11:11:14 AM Permalink

Lisa Espinosa

Posted on 9/3/15 1:33:52 AM Permalink

Thank you for all the resources. I have been building a digital media program for thepast 4 years at my high school. Thankfully I am able to certify a handful of students every year!

This year is the first year we will test on CC.

Michael Jon Axl

Posted on 8/22/15 7:37:51 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 8/22/15 5:34:49 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 7/14/15 2:57:58 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 6/19/15 12:38:25 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 6/9/15 6:07:17 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 4/22/15 9:03:41 PM Permalink

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

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/22/15 9:10:32 PM Permalink

Good Luck!

Hayley Miller

Posted on 3/20/15 6:04:42 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 3/5/15 9:55:30 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 2/16/15 12:11:19 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.

Jaime Ball

Posted on 10/19/15 4:23:29 PM Permalink

I know what you mean, I can't pass the expert either. Some of the questions seem like they are more geared for designers actually using the software in client based design projects, which isn't what I do. I simply teach web design and multimedia. I think that might be where I get hung up. Plus, I am not a good test taker either. :)

Robert G West

Posted on 2/15/15 10:01:26 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 1/1/15 7:19:28 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 12/27/14 4:35:06 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 11/15/14 11:57:50 AM Permalink

Thank you for sharing!

James Adkins

Posted on 11/15/14 5:09:06 AM Permalink

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

Darcus Whitley

Posted on 11/13/14 1:00:28 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 11/10/14 2:06:13 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 11/9/14 3:49:05 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 11/3/14 1:09:54 AM Permalink

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

Christina Read

Posted on 10/21/14 9:46:12 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.

Maricon Rivera

Posted on 10/2/14 5:56:52 AM Permalink

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

Michelle Ewart

Posted on 9/17/14 7:57:55 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 9/17/14 7:54:44 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 8/26/14 8:34:34 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 8/20/14 11:22:10 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 8/21/14 2:23:12 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 8/16/14 11:27:30 PM Permalink

When it starts? I want to do this now!

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/18/14 3:00:04 PM Permalink

sandro c mendes

Posted on 8/19/14 12:55:44 AM Permalink

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

Jody Campbell

Posted on 8/16/14 9:18:39 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 8/16/14 3:12:49 PM Permalink

What a great resource.

Janet Cook

Posted on 8/16/14 12:12:56 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 8/18/14 3:01:12 PM Permalink

Janet Cook

Posted on 8/18/14 11:50:44 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 8/16/14 12:00:05 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 8/18/14 2:57:08 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 8/18/14 11:52:11 PM Permalink

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

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/19/14 6:16:49 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 8/20/14 2:41:04 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 8/21/14 2:21:07 PM Permalink

Maureen Corcoran

Posted on 8/9/14 2:56:02 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 8/1/14 8:47:31 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 7/30/14 3:14:19 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 7/1/14 5:42:05 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 7/7/14 2:58:25 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 6/25/14 4:31:53 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 6/23/14 7:26:06 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 6/17/14 10:05:01 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 6/17/14 7:09:09 PM Permalink

Thanks. The missing file has been added.

Britta Groenning

Posted on 6/13/14 9:38:46 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 6/16/14 4:16:20 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 6/13/14 12:24:18 AM Permalink

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

Mark Whigham

Posted on 5/30/14 6:48:20 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 4/21/14 8:42:23 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 4/15/14 6:19:12 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 3/21/14 2:31:09 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 3/20/14 7:20:18 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 3/19/14 5:57:44 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 3/18/14 6:53:15 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 3/17/14 4:43:53 PM Permalink

Chris Lucas

Posted on 3/17/14 3:23:52 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 3/17/14 4:45:08 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 3/12/14 2:29:37 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 1/23/14 9:28:15 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 1/23/14 7:07:35 PM Permalink

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

michael kearney

Posted on 1/23/14 7:07:06 PM Permalink

Todd Rafferty

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Judy Durkin

Posted on 1/5/14 8:23:09 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 12/28/13 2:31:25 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 11/17/13 8:55:58 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 11/17/13 1:28:34 PM Permalink

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