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Preparing for the ACA Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop Exam

Syllabus Details
Preparing for the ACA Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop Exam is an activity-based syllabus that teaches skills for image editing and illustration techniques. The syllabus aligns to all of the required certification exam objectives to become ACA certified in Photoshop. Each activity contains a small task within so students are learning and refining their skills as they complete each task. Each activity also contains student guides to use in order to learn the required technical skills.
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Syllabus Author
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Syllabus Timing
Total Hour(s)
36
Syllabus Overview
Syllabus Units
10 hours

Unit 1: Getting Started

Digital photography is fast, fun, and easy. Design and typographic principles can be used to create amazing images. Designers use Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate images. In this unit, students will identify elements of visual design that reflect good composition, learn key digital image terminology, be introduced to how to use design principles and typography so students can evaluate and inform their designs, and, be introduced to the interface, terminology, and basic panels in Photoshop.

Unit Activities

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8 hours

Unit 2: Planning & Communication

Most jobs in the design world require teamwork and will use project management and planning tools to ensure successful project delivery, especially to clients. Use this unit to introduce the best practices used for project planning, production phases, project management and working in teams, and for working with clients. Students will also learn how to engage in a formal review and redesign process and about copyright rules, fair use guidelines, and intellectual property.

Unit Activities

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8 hours

Unit 3: Image Editing

Adobe Photoshop has many image editing and manipulation features, including the ability to manipulate color, use filters, change or create an image's perspective, and warping images. In this unit, students learn to edit images and create and edit graphics from images in Photoshop. They will also be introduced to some advanced imaged editing techniques to help them design creative, unusual, and stunning images. (Note: You can ignore the sections that use Adobe Illustrator). 

Unit Activities

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4 hours

Unit 4: Illustration

In addition to its photo-editing features, Adobe Photoshop gives you a remarkably wide set of options to do things like create realistic painting effects, utilize a full suite of drawing tools, and the ability to add text directly to an image. In this unit students are introduced to the drawing, painting, shape, and text tools in Photoshop.

Unit Activities

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4 hours

Unit 5: Publishing

Different mediums - print, web, and video - require different file formats. Students will learn how to generate appropriate image and graphic file formats for these mediums. The ability for a designer to be able to present design projects is an important skill to have as it can happen throughout the design cycle. Use this unit to teach your students how to communicate clearly and present to teammates, groups, and clients.


(Note: You can ignore the steps that refer to Adobe Photoshop)

Unit Activities

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2 hours

Unit 6: Review

In order to earn a Adobe Certified Associate certification, students need to prepare for the exam. In this unit, introduce the exam study guide to help your students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop exam. The study guide includes preparation materials and a practice exam.

Unit Activities

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All Comments (10)

Donny Coursey

Are the example images available to use with the lessons in the syllabus? It would make learning easier to have them available so we can do the activities on the examples in the lessons.

Adobe Education

Hi Donny - within the Lesson Plan file there is a Project Assets section that has links to download image assets for the lesson. I think that is what you're looking for.

John Lawson

The link in the tutorials takes you to an image that is not downloadable.

https://adobe.ly/2yvw4Vz

John

William Oesch

Amazing resource, thank you!

Anne Jan Zandstra

Is there any chance there will be an updated version of the syllabus or at least the exam study guide in the near future?

Adobe Education

We are working on updating the content within this syllabus and it will be published soon. The most up to date study guides can be found here: https://edex.adobe.com/aca

ALEXANDRA BARSAN

Where can i find ACA Adobe Photoshop CS6 Exam Study Guide?

Adobe Education

David Robinson

Is it OK for me to to follow this Syllabus for video tutorial videos that I would like to produce?

Adobe Education

Yes - of course! We hope this is helpful for you to learn the skills you need.

Cheers,
The AEE Team

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