Location: You may work in the CBE lab (bldg. 19, room 216). You can also work from any internet-connected computer, if the course software is installed. The instructions and quizzes are all available online, using the Canvas learning system.

Hours: Arranged by you, to fit your schedule. You may work in our labs, the Library, or any computer equipped with the course software.

Materials: You need access to the software (in our lab or the Library), the internet, the textbook, and storage for your computer files. Books are available for check out through the CBE Lab and the Library.

The current book used for this course is:
Adobe Illustrator CC : The Professional Portfolio
(2019 Release)
ISBN: 978-1-946396-22-8

Instructors: Various instructors are available each quarter. Their lab schedules are posted at the CBE desk.

Grading: Grades are based on successful completion of project, and quizzes.

Due Dates: Turn-in due dates are posted on CANVAS

CBE Lab Hours: The lab hours are 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday



Begin by starting your web browser (preferably Firefox for Mac or Windows, or Internet Explorer for Windows) and log in to the SFCC Canvas System.

In Canvas, you will find a link to your course under the Courses menu.

Within the course page you will find the Assignments.

Each assignment will describe the required files and quizzes. These pages give you detailed notes on how to do the work, and will call out any problems with the book's text.



Read the instruction / assignment page for each project. 
It will alert you to any problems in the book and special changes in the projects.

These pages tell how to complete the lesson, do the assessments, and turn in your work.



You may take the quizzes two times; your highest score will be recorded.



Each Project may have special instructions for submitting files, so check the lesson instructions for each project.

In many cases you will create a .zip archive of the lesson folder. The entire folder is usually required to properly review the project files, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

On a Macintosh, you can make a zip archive by selecting a folder (in the Finder) and 
choosing: File > Compress.

In Windows you can save as a compressed file or send to a compressed file 
(check your Windows help files for details).



Always store your project files in a secure place, for the whole quarter.

USB drives and portable hard drives are convenient ways to store working files. CD and DVD disks are a secure archive solution. You have 8 gigabytes of storage in your Network Account. Your Network Account is safe and available from any machine connected to the campus network.



Are the Self-paced courses “online”?

These courses require students to have access to the software applications and the current course textbook. Due to the cost of the necessary software, we do not promote these courses as online. If students have the software off-campus, they can do all the work online. The short answer is... they can function as online courses.


What are the project deadlines?

Generally, projects and related quizzes are due every two weeks. Check the projects and quizzes for specific deadlines.


What does “arranged” mean? Are there any mandatory class meetings?

The term “arranged” you see in the catalog refers to you arranging your own schedule. You work around your schedule; there are no required meetings. Your instructor is available during the weekdays if you need help, but you aren't required to work at any specific times.


What determines my grade?

Your grade will be determined by your scores on the projects and quizzes. The final grade is 70% projects and 30% quizzes.

The quizzes can be taken TWO times and your highest score will be recorded. The projects will be scored on completeness and function, compared to the examples in the textbook.


Grading scale:

Course % Final grade
100%-85% 4.0
84%-70% 3.0
69%-50% 2.0
49%-30% 1.0
29%-0% 0.0

Late Assignments

Assignments submitted late or without instructor approval will only receive half the credit that the assignment is worth. 

Must I work in the lab, or can I work from home?

See the first FAQ, above. You can do the work in the lab. You will check out a textbook in the lab and login to your Canvas account for instructions.

You can work outside the labs, if you have a computer, the software, and your own copy of the textbook. The disk included with the textbooks has lesson files but no actual software.


How do I begin?

You will need to login to the Canvas website and connect to your course. You will find instructions on using your student registration information to login.

For most courses you will be using a textbook. The textbooks can be checked out, with your student ID card, at the counter in the CBE lab.

All coursework may be done on the CBE lab's Macintosh or Windows computers.

The SFCC Library

The Library has Adobe software on its stationary computers and on a limited number of Mac laptops. There are workbooks available for checkout.


Do I need to buy a textbook?

If you work in the lab, you can check out a textbook to use in the lab. If you have a subscription the Adobe software on your own computer, you can buy the textbook and work from home.


Do I need my own computer and software?

No, you may use the equipment in the CBE lab. You can use your own equipment; these classes are a good way to "try before you buy" if a computer purchase is in your plans. The Adobe software is available in other campus labs, but you will need to purchase the textbook to work outside the CBE lab, or you work at home.

When are the labs open?

The labs are normally open Monday through Friday, 7:30am til 4:00pm.


What software is offered?

These courses are now available:

GRDSN 156 Adobe Illustrator I

GRDSN 164 Adobe Illustrator II

GRDSN 158 Adobe Photoshop I

GRDSN 166 Adobe Photoshop II

GRDSN 163 Adobe InDesign I

GRDSN 168 Adobe InDesign II

GRDSN 171 Adobe Animate I

GRDSN 172 Adobe Dreamweaver I

GRDSN 174 Adobe Dreamweaver II

GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects


Is help available when I work in the labs?

Yes, instructors are available to help you. Instructor lab schedules posted at the front counter in the lab.


Is the software available as a cheaper educational version?

The cheapest solution is the free 30-day trial version (see below).

Adobe offers an educational price for the new Creative Cloud. It has gone on sale periodically, so watch the pricing if you plan to buy a subscription (a full year's commitment.) The educational versions are identical to the commercial versions, and the graphic files are created in standard formats.


Can I do the course work using free Demo versions of software?

Yes, Adobe often offers a 30-day demo copy of the software through their Creative Cloud. These versions allows you to save your working files, and can be a great way to work at home (for 30 days).


How long does it take to complete a course?

The courses are designed to be done in 44 hours. Your results may vary.


What computer experience is required to take a course?

You should possess basic computer skills. Using a mouse, navigating through the computer environment, create folders, save files, and copy files.

Our labs use mostly Macintosh computers. If you are accustomed to the Windows operating system, you may want to try out the Macintosh. Most Windows users can adapt to Macs quickly and painlessly by reading the "Switching from Windows" topics in the Mac Help files.


Can I do the work on the Windows version of the software?

Yes, if you have a Windows machine and the software, the programs work nearly the same on Windows or Macintosh, and the files will transfer between platforms.

There are Windows computers with Adobe Software in the CBE lab and the Library. There are limited numbers of textbooks in the Library.


Can I take more than one course per quarter?

Yes, there are no limits or prerequisites. You may wish to meet with the instructor before signing up for multiple courses.


Are the Self-Paced courses offered every quarter?

They are offered Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.


Where do I store my files?

You can use your student network 8-gig storage area to store lessons. You can also use your own storage device; USB drives, portable hard drives, network storage sites, or CD/DVD disks all work. You can even email lesson files to yourself if the files will are not too large for your email system.


What about USB storage devices?

Called Flash Drives, USB Drives, Thumb Drives, etc. They have no moving parts and are quite dependable. When plugged in they look and act like a hard drive. It is recommended you copy your projects onto the computer and do your work off that file. When you are done, copy the work back to the USB drive.

Be sure to use the appropriate un-mounting, ejecting or other disconnect procedure for the computer you are using before unplugging them. Data may be lost if you don't.

Rename your USB drive with your name or other unique term. It makes it easier to trace if you forget your USB drive in the computer.


I threw out my old files into the Trash but my USB Drive or hard drive still won't save new files???

When you throw files into the Trash, they are still there on your drive, taking up space, until you run the Empty Trash command (found in the Mac Desktop Finder pull-down menu).


Faith & Conscience Absence Policy

Community Colleges of Spokane will grant reasonable accommodation so that grades are not impacted for students who are absent for reasons of faith or conscience, or for an organized activity conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Such absences must be requested in writing on the Class Absence Request form within two weeks of course start. There are no additional fees associated with this request.



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