This site is a resource for students in CDGD-319–Introduction to Computer Design with Adobe Creative Suite at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Jason Fairchild, instructor


The purpose of the course is to provide students who have little to no experience the foundational skills and key concepts needed to begin their exploration of the software. Although the course is designed for the beginning student, more experienced users can benefit by filling in the gaps of their skills and can use open class time to work on independent projects and be able to ask questions.

Tutorials & Readings

9781118639993_cover.inddThe official class book is Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools Digital Classroom. Page references are given on each class page for relevant reading to help further your learning. Purchasing the book is not required, but is highly recommended.

In addition to the book references, links are provided for online learning resources. If you miss a class, or find yourself struggling with the material, these readings and tutorials can help.

Grading & Attendance

Students are graded on attendance and participation in the class work.

You can easily make up any class they have missed. Review the cheat sheets and reading material assigned for the class you missed and then download and complete the exercises provided. Bring the completed assignment files into class for review to receive credit.

Creative Cloud Access

While you are actively enrolled at MassArt, you have free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud to download and use on your computer. You will find information here about how to set it up: MassArt Technology Knowledge Base

MassArt students are also eligible for a reduced subscription rate for Adobe Creative Suite CC. Visit for information.

Class Structure

At this time, the course has shifted to an online structure. Each Wednesday, we meet on Zoom for a 1-hour session at 6:30pm. The address for the meetings will be the same each time:

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 694 189 9221
Password: 689608

If you cannot make any given Zoom meeting and wish to schedule a follow-up session, send me an email.

The Zoom meeting will be a time to briefly introduce new course material and to follow up on any questions you may have on past material.

Over the course of the following week, you should review the full lesson videos for that week’s course content on the website. You can comment directly on the videos to ask questions.

You are invited to schedule additional Zoom meetings during the week to help go over the material. Please contact me to schedule a time.

If you have time, you can complete the exercises to practice your skills, but you are not required to complete them. They are there for you to try whenever you have time and inclination to do them.

Each exercise becomes more challenging and can be used to strengthen your skills at a pace that is comfortable to you.