The Department of Media + Communication offers courses in Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and InDesign, (and soon Illustrator and After Effects) that lead to the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) credential. The ACA is the industry-recognized indicator of technical proficiencies in Adobe Creative Cloud programs. Full-time ETSU faculty and staff are eligible for full funding to underwrite participation in the programs—a $650 value per course—through the Education Assistance program Education Assistance program

The beginner-level Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) courses includes 12 hours of instruction, a practice exam, and the actual certification exam. The first 4 hours (1st day) are delivered online, and the remaining 8 hours (2nd and 3rdday) are conducted onsite in Warf-Pickel Room 419. Course fees include all course materials, instructor fees, Adobe and ETSU swag, exam fees, and the option for a retake. Generally, beginner-level courses are intended for those learners who either have no experience using the software, or have not used it in the last 2-3 years. 

Upcoming course dates are listed below. To register for one more of the upcoming ACA courses, click here. For more information about the program and/or registration, contact Dr. Chase Mitchell at

Fall 2019 Schedule:

FREE Creative Cloud training for ETSU employees: Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro:

To register, participants must do the following by December 17th:

Complete the Non-Credit program section of the Education Assistance Form and submit to Betsy Cunningham ( Register for the course HERE.

Course Description: This special course is offered ONLY to full-time ETSU faculty and staff (must have been FT employee for at least 6 months). It is a hybrid format in which participants have access to 5 hours of self-paced training content, in a D2L module, for 3 weeks. At the conclusion of the asynchronous online portion of the course, participants then have the OPTION to attend an onsite 3-hour workshop where they'll practice, ask questions, and interact with our Adobe experts, as well as to sit for a certification exam to become an Adobe Certified Associate. It is FREE to full-time ETSU faculty and staff through the Education Assistance Fund.

Course format:

Dates: Participants will be added to the course D2L site (with access to all 3 ACA program content-Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro) from Dec. 18 - Jan. 16.

OPTIONAL onsite workshop in Warf-Pickel 419, on Jan. 15 from 1-4 p.m., where Adobe experts will be on hand to review materials, answer questions, discuss best practices for integrating Creative Cloud into their courses, and administering a practice exam for those who want to sit for the certification exam.

OPTIONAL ACA exam on Jan. 16 from 4-5 in Warf-Pickel 419