The University of Arizona has been named the first “Adobe Creative Campus” on the West Coast, an honor that comes with a $100,000 gift and will give students access to the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud software.
The $100,000 gift will be used to support a planned student success district that will encompass Bear Down Gym, the main library and the Science-Engineering library.
The Adobe Creative Cloud software includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver and more.
“The University of Arizona must provide students with the opportunity to master the tools and skills that will allow them to succeed in the future,” UA President Ann Weaver Hart said in a news release. “The UA’s student success district will be a vibrant hub for this kind of practical learning experience, and integrating visual design, web development, and other digital skills is an important component of this effort.”
As the first West Coast university to be designated an Adobe Creative Campus, the UA is the fifth school in the country to earn this recognition for its commitment to creative and digital literacy among its students.
Creative tools like those provided by Adobe are not limited to fields that traditionally have been considered creative, but rather are essential tools for all professions as digital proliferation expands across industries, the news release said. “We can see a day when students use these technologies the way most of us use a pen and paper,” said Melissa Vito, a UA senior vice president.
Various departments and academic programs already have begun rolling out Adobe Creative Cloud to UA students. Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, Creative Cloud licenses will be available to every incoming freshman.