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Computer Studies: Adobe Applications Specialist Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 16.5
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Term Effective: Spring 2012


The Computer Studies: Adobe Applications Specialist Skills Certificate provides an overview of Adobe's professional level graphics and page-layout programs, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat. This certificate will support individuals applying for new jobs as well as those currently employed.

More information about Computer Studies programs can be found at the Computer Studies Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in image editing skills using Photoshop;
  2. demonstrate proficiency in vector skills using Illustrator;
  3. demonstrate proficiency in desktop publishing skills using InDesign; and
  4. use critical thinking skills to formulate, apply and integrate assets in a workflow environment for PDF, screen or web using Adobe Creative Suite software.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Computer Studies: Adobe Applications Specialist Certificate program are:

  • Complete 16.5 units from
    • Adobe Applications Specialist Requirements

Adobe Applications Specialist Requirements - complete 16.50 units
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 71.11Adobe Illustrator 13.00
CS 72.11AAdobe InDesign 13.00
CS 175.11Introduction to Adobe Acrobat1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
CS 53.11ADreamweaver, Introduction to3.00
CS 70.11BAdobe Photoshop 23.00
CS 70.12Photoshop Advanced Concepts4.00
CS 70.13Image Correction and Restoration with Adobe Photoshop3.00
CS 72.11BAdobe InDesign 24.00
CS 72.11CAdobe InDesign 33.00
GD 53Design Techniques in Illustrator3.00

Term Effective: Spring 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2015

Previous Versions:

Adobe Applications Specialist - effective Summer 2011
Adobe Applications Specialist - effective Fall 2010
Adobe Applications Specialist - effective Spring 2007
Adobe Applications Specialist - effective Fall 1981

Program Requirements Notes:

GD 53 was APGR 54.1

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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