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.

Class Structure

The first half hour of each class is open to allow for late arriving students. During this time students can request clarification of previous lessons or instruction on any related subject matter.

Beginning at 7pm, three half-hour lectures are given, each followed by a half hour of open time to explore the concepts with the aid of the ‘cheat sheets’ provided and related exercises & tutorials. The instructor will provide hands-on assistance during this time.


Students should bring the following to each class:

  • a flash drive or external hard drive to store class work
  • headphones for watching how-to videos, if desired
  • image files to work with

Software Discounts & Training

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