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Computer Studies: Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 13

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.

Previous Versions:

Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop - effective Fall 2009
Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop - effective Fall 1981


The Computer Studies: Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop Skills Certificate provides a course of study in the graphics program, Photoshop. This program of study helps prepare the student to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) industry exams for Photoshop.

A Photoshop ACA has earned a certification that validates entry-level skills in visual communication. A Photoshop ACE has earned a certification that validates expert-level skills. Both certifications indicate a significant depth and breadth of Photoshop knowledge and experience and enhance the recipients' value in the job market.

These digital media skills are applicable to many careers including photographer, digital art, web page designer, desktop publishing, and video producer.

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

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

  1. Create and edit complex digital images using basic through advanced Photoshop features;
  2. use critical thinking skills to evaluate an image, develop a strategy to repair and/or enhance it, and make the appropriate adjustments;
  3. demonstrate the knowledge necessary to pass the Adobe Certified Associate exam and complete the studies to pass the Adobe Certified Expert exam; and
  4. perform the Photoshop skills essential to a career in photography, digital art, desktop publishing, or Web page design.
Recommended Sequence of Courses

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

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Computer Studies: Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop program are:

  • Complete 13 units from
    • Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop Requirements

Adobe Certification Training in Photoshop Requirements - complete 13.00 units
CS 70.11A Adobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 70.11B Adobe Photoshop 23.00
CS 70.12 Photoshop Advanced Concepts4.00
CS 70.13 Image Correction and Restoration with Adobe Photoshop3.00

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.


The first course in this certificate, CS 70.11A, has no prerequisite and the recommended completion of CIS 101A, CIS 105A or CIS 5 and eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100. The other courses have CS 70.11A as a prerequisite.

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