Adobe ACA Program Program Overview at Annenberg Digital Lounge

The Digital Lounge is a creative maker space where members of the Annenberg community can learn to experiment and play with the digital tools they have received as part of the Digital Literacy Initiative.

Located on the third floor of the new, state-of-the-art building, Wallis Annenberg Hall, right in the heart of campus and literally designed to foster creativity, collaboration and media. Through workshops, events, help desk support and Adobe Certification Courses, DL aims to promote a DIY culture that empowers the students to create and learn, regardless of their background or prior experience.

Adobe Certified Associate Program (ACA)

ACA logo to insert on your resume or any other communications

Validate your Skills

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification allows you to demonstrate proficiency in Adobe digital communications tools. Become a Certified Associate and stand apart from your peers, boost your confidence, and expand your career opportunities.

Required reading for the programs offered in USC Annenberg DL: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere

Setting Project Requirements

Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing graphics.

Know your Audience

Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules for artwork, graphics, and graphic use.

Make sure you have the "copyright" to the images

Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities. Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.

Manage the project

Identifying Design Elements used when Preparing Graphics

Demonstrate knowledge of design principles, elements, and graphic composition.

Design Composition: "rule of thirds"

Demonstrate knowledge of graphic resolution, graphic size, and graphic file format for Web, Video & Print

Know your project and how to start

Demonstrate knowledge of typography.

Working with Typel

Demonstrate knowledge of the use of symbols and representative graphics.

Shapes & Space

Understand key terminology of graphics.

Adobe Illustrator ACA Class

The industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography, and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video, and mobile.

Over 10 weeks, we will go over 5 major objectives that will prepare you for the test, as well as learning to design and use Adobe Illustrator and prepare you to apply for a Job in the professional world.

Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator Objectives

1. Understanding Adobe Illustrator

2. Create graphics using Adobe Illustrator

3. Archive, export, and publish graphics using Adobe Illustrator


Understanding of vector drawing concepts.

Working with Shapes and Colors

Adobe Photoshop ACA Class

Adobe Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop

The world’s best imaging and design app is at the core of almost every creative project. Work across desktop and mobile devices to create and enhance your photographs, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Over 10 weeks, we will go over 5 major objectives that will prepare you for the test, as well as learning to design and enhance images using Adobe Photoshop.

1. Understanding Adobe Photoshop

2. Manipulating Images by using Adobe Photoshop

3. Publishing Digital Images by using Adobe Photoshop


Understanding Image Size and Resolution, working with pixel-based program

High Res. Vs. Lo Res.

Adobe InDesign ACA Class

Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign

The industry-leading page design and layout toolset lets you work across desktop and mobile devices to create, preflight, and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, iPad apps, eBooks, and interactive online documents.

Over 10 weeks, we will go over 5 major objectives that will prepare you for the test, as well as learning to design and use Adobe InDesign for creating brochures and page layout projects.

1. Understanding InDesign

2. Creating page layouts by using Adobe InDesign

2. Publish, export and archive page layouts by using Adobe InDesign


Understanding Page Layout set-up

Adobe Premiere ACA Class

With the industry-leading video editing software, you can edit virtually any type of media in its native format and create professional productions with brilliant color for film, TV, and web.

Over 10 weeks, we will go over 5 major objectives that will prepare you for the test, as well as learning to use Adobe Premiere to edit your own projects.

Video Communication Using Adobe Premiere Pro Video Communication

1. Understanding Adobe Premiere Interface

2. Editing a Video Sequence with AdobePremiere Pro

3. Exporting a Video with Adobe Premiere Pro


Adobe Premiere Interface

Join us

The Certification Courses are 10-week courses taught by Adobe Experts. The courses take you through your chosen Adobe software, inside and out. At the end of the course, you’ll take an exam to receive a certificate–hello, resume booster! Each course has a maximum of 32 spots.

The course is free to all current Annenberg students, with the optional purchase of a textbook (specifically, the Photoshop, Illustrator, or Premiere Classroom-in-a-Book).

Meet the Instructors

Chana Messer @chanam www.chanamesser.com

Rick Miller @rick_millertime

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Chana Messer


Anneneberg Digital Lounge, Chana Messer

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